Bond Set At $50K For Teens Charged With Hate Crime

CHICAGO (STMW) – Bond was set at $50,000 for two teens charged along with a juvenile with a hate crime after making derogatory statements and threatening someone Thursday night near Millennium Park.

The victim, a male of an unidentified age, called police about 8 p.m. after the three accosted him in the 100 block of North Michigan Avenue at a Metra station, according to police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

The Millennium Station on the Metra Electric Line is located on Michigan Avenue between South Water and Randolph streets, according to Metra’s website.

“They harassed him and used derogatory remarks; they threatened him,’’ said Zala. “Their comments were in violation of the hate crime statute.’’

Zala would not confirm reports the comments were anti-gay in nature.

The victim was not physically harmed, and he contacted police as the three fled.

When officers arrived, the victim gave them the description and police apprehended them a shortly while later in the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue, Zala said.

Mack Heard, 17, of the 5000 block of Harvard Lane in Richton Park and Kendrick L. Towner, 18, of the 5200 block of Deana Lane also in Richton Park, were charged with one felony count each of hate crime and one misdemeanor count each of aggravated assault in a public place, according to Zala.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with one felony count of hate crime and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault in a public place, the officer said.

Bond has been set at $50,000 for Towner and Heard, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Their next court date was set for July 14 at Branch 42, 2452 W. Belmont Ave.

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  • Mona Mack

    so sad
    these kids nowadays are so freaking stupid and disrespectful
    i wanna slap the hell of them

  • Robert Thornn

    How does one commit hate speech or even hate crime? Everyone at one time has had someone make a remark about their appearance or race but at what point does it broach freedom of speech and turn into hate speech. Is it not just in that person’s point of view? If so, anything that you might say can be considered as hate speech or hate crime, right? How did we come to this point that we all are so sensitive that we think every word out of anyone’s mouth can be considered as hate speech or hate crime? I am just trying to understand, so that if I say some thing that another objects to, I won’t end up in jail! How do we judge these things?

    • NWA

      Well, I know calling a Black man the N’word isn’t a hate crime. I get that just about every day.


      • Leroy Goldberg

        …….and rightfully so.


  • NWA

    But it doesn’t amount to a felony. This jerk probably is White and playing the “I’m scared of these young Black boys” game. C’mon! I’ve live in their neighborhoods and these Whites would stand on their porches and yell the N’word or, go home or go back to your neighborhood. I lived there. I could call the po po them and, when I did I would get, “move along, no story here.” Now we have “White Racist gays” coming after Black men.


    • NWA

      No, you don’t have an idea. You have never had an idea. And, you’ll never have an idea. I’m sure yo momma told you that you would someday, but she lied. Parents do that to their children sometimes. But, here is the thing. You could follow behind someone in your neighborhood that might have an idea someday but chances are they maybe a “serial killer” or “sexual deviant” so, “fat chance” of you ever having any ideas.


  • LA

    Derogatory remarks do NOT constitue a hate crime. The First Amendment does NOT say you must use nice language. They were ticketed for the threat. So, where’s the hate crime?

    I think most people have been called names and harrassed about something, at some point in thier lives. And, most of us don’t whine about it.

    I don’t care what you do but I do NOT want to know what you do either! If you don’t want to be harrassed, maybe you shouldn’t advertise.

  • Chilla

    Since the article doesn’t give specifics about what was said, but understanding that ‘derogatory remarks’ don’t in and of themselves constitute hate speech, there’s probably a lot more to the story than what we’ve read here. In order to be a hate crime, there must be an understood threat or menace. First Amendment rights don’t necessarily extend to verbal assault – or slander or libel – not every word that comes from your mouth or ‘pen’ is protected.
    Since a couple of the young men were charged with assault, but not battery, there clearly must have been a significant threat made.
    Also, if I were anywhere and were accosted by three men, regardless of their race, I’d be bloody scared myself.

    • NWA

      What! “Significant threat made.” What the hell are you talking about and, where in the hell have you been? If you’re a Black man and you’re unhappy about anything, you are a menace and a danger to society and, if you are not arrested you may get shot by the po po. I was unhappy with my cell phone service and was expressing myself aloud to my service provider. Some White MoFo’ in my neighborhood overheard my ranting and called the po po. “Oh, there’s a Black guy and he sounds angry, and he may have a gun.” I couldn’t get to my car, which was less than a half a block from my house, before the po po pulled up behind me. These were the same F’n neighbors who would wait until I walked past and yell the N’word then run in the house. Chicago!


      • NWA

        @Leroy Goldberg :

        Poor life! You could only wish to have been too the places I’ve been too and, to have lived the life that I’ve lived. You could only wish. Your entire life has been right here, in Chicago. Sad!


      • NWA

        @Angela Richards:

        Angela, that’s not true. At least yo momma didn’t think so.


      • Leroy Goldberg


        It’s not your fault, you were just born that way. Instead of spewing that venom try to make the most of your poor, pathetic life.


      • Angela Richards

        @NWA, You obviously have exhibited your hateful attitude in public, and your neighbors did the right thing, an out of control negro has shown to be very dangerous, I would also have called the police. I’ll bet you have earned any attitude shown to you by everyone. You really should seek help for your anger problem

  • Sticks And Stones....

    May break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Grow thick skin?.

  • Tyreese

    Thank you all for providing me with entertainment this afternoon, please keep up your opinions. HaHaHa

    • Leroy Goldberg

      Good stuff indeed Mr. Tyreese, good stuff indeed.


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