Police in Spokane, Wa have arrested two White men in what appears to have been a random attack on a 66-year-old Black man.
The attack took place around 11 p.m. while Norris Cooley was cleaning his garage. The assailants, 32-year-old Jason Edward Cooper and 36-year-old Donald Prichard, started shouting at him.
“Ni**er, you don’t deserve to be breathing White man’s air,” Cooley recalled one of them saying.
Cooper and Prichard then entered the garage, punched Mr. Colley in the face and pulled out a gun, threatening to kill him. Cooley got away and went into his house. 20 minutes later a shot was fired at his house.
The Spokesman-Review reported that the police said Cooper and Prichard attacked their victim, who was a neighbor, because of the color of his skin.
According to the news outlet, Cooper’s girlfriend told investigators that he’s a white supremacist. Her daughter added that he’s a “skinhead” who has a “dislike for colored people.”
The daughter also recalled hearing the two men boasting to her mother that they knocked “out the ni**er.”
Spokane police subsequently arrested Cooper and Prichard and charged them with first-degree assault and malicious harassment of the victim, Norris Cooley.