A 24-year-old white man faces ethnic intimidation charges in connection with a hate crime targeting a Black suburban Detroit family who displayed a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window.
Michael Frederick Jr. faces nine charges, which includes eight felonies and a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in court Thursday morning (October 1). A $3,000 reward was offered for his arrest.
The family, Eddie and Candace Hall, was targeted by Frederick Jr. on multiple occasions, leading to his capture on their home surveillance video.
In the targeted alleged hate crimes, they had gunshots fired at their home, their vehicles' tires slashed, a rock was thrown through their front window, and racist threats were written on their vehicles.
A shot was fired through a sign in their front window, which was a closed fist with the words "Black Lives Matter" written in white against a black background. The Halls’ teenage daughter and son were terrified and the family felt violated.
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said Frederick Jr. confessed to the crimes against the Hall family and to writing the word "pedophile" several times in large letters at a property a few blocks from their home. He will face separate charges in that incident.
"It is our hope to quickly bring closure, which I believe we have, to this matter for the victims, the Halls, and let everyone know that hate crimes such as these will not be tolerated in the city of Warren," Dwyer said.
Detectives searched Frederick's home and found clothes, a mask, and shoes worn during the crimes. He also admitted to using the gun that was found in his garage.
The Halls said they will not remove the Black Lives Matter sign.
Warren Mayor James Fouts described the crimes as a nightmare for the Halls and everyone else in the community.
"In this city, we do not tolerate any type of crime, but particularly racist terrorism," Fouts said. "And make no mistake about it, this was a racist terrorist."
Eddie Hall said during a news conference he had never had any problems with anyone or experienced any hostility in Warren, where they have lived for six years.
"My only safety place is at home," Eddie said. "When I get done with work, I go home to relax, sit by my wife, talk with my kids, and have family time," he said. "I am so upset to where there's nothing I can do to comfort my family because all of this is going on."
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