Former Officer Faces Hate Crime Charge
Posted June 12, 2007 3:21 p.m. EDT
Oxford, N.C. — A former Henderson police officer has been charged with ethnic intimidation after two people said he tailed them in his truck and yelled racial slurs at them, police said.
Anthony Dale "Tony" Finch, 45, of 264 Gun Club Road in Henderson, is charged with two counts each of ethnic intimidation and assault by pointing a gun and one count of carrying a concealed weapon, according to Capt. Glen Boyd of the Oxford Police Department.
Finch has been hospitalized since Friday for a mental evaluation under involuntary commitment, Boyd said. He will be arraigned by a magistrate once he is released from the hospital, Boyd said.
Two people told police Finch yelled a profanity at them as they placed a flier in a mailbox in Oxford. They said he followed them in his truck, pointing a gun out the window.
The people drove to the Oxford police station to seek help, and Finch continued to yell racial slurs and point the gun at them until officers intervened, they said.
Finch retired from the Henderson Police Department about five years ago, Boyd said.