On July 25
, a 12-year-old African-American boy with dreadlocks went into a rural Louisiana gas station to pay for his grandmother's gas.
While standing alone at the counter, he was confronted by a 54-year-old monster of a man, Ronnie Barnes. Barnes, as seen in the video below, first attempts to pull down the boy's pants, asks him if he's a boy or a girl, then calls him a nigger, corners him up against a shelf, and then hits him in his head.
In the interview below, both the boy and his mother say, understandably, that they are now losing sleep over this assault. Doubly so because the bail amount for Ronnie Barnes' release was only $1,000. While it's important that this man be charged with a hate crime, it's outrageous that anyone who assaults a complete stranger, a 12-year-old stranger, could be released back to the public so easily.
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