Man arrested after alleged hate crime

By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A resident who said he was the target of a neighbor’s repeated racial violence thanked police at a City Council meeting Monday for their assistance.

Earlier that day, officers were called to Hudson’s house in the 1700 block of Eighth Street after a neighbor, James Mitchell, 47, threatened to kill him and used racial slurs, telling him to “go back to Detroit.”

“I want you to notify your police department that there’s a resident who’s thankful that they responded accordingly to arrest a perpetrator who threatened my child and other children in the area and was disparaging the name of this community,” Hudson, who is black, said.

The incident was one of several that had occurred between the two over the past five months, according to police reports. As recently as Feb. 4, police reports detail Mitchell allegedly approaching Hudson’s 12-year-old daughter and using racial slurs.

“We filed the proper police reports, and nothing had been done that resolved this issue until today,” Hudson said.

About 4 p.m. on Monday, Mitchell allegedly approached Hudson after he parked in his garage and used racial slurs while reaching into his jacket as if he had a gun and yelled that he would shoot Hudson.

Hudson ignored Mitchell, who continued to approach him, this time while allegedly swinging a cane and continuing to threaten Mitchell.

According to the police report, Mitchell continued to yell at Hudson from his front door as police were interviewing Hudson, but they could not tell what he was yelling.

Mitchell was arrested for aggravated stalking and ethnic intimidation. According to the report, he told police he did threaten Hudson with racial slurs, but that he “wasn’t really going to do anything.”

He was arraigned Tuesday in Wyandotte’s 27th District court and faces a preliminary examination of the evidence against him at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Hudson said he was grateful that the incident’s resolution signaled continued racial harmony in the community.

“We live in difficult times,” Hudson said. “But we’re all trying to raise our family, earn a living … and the law states I can live wherever I want to live, and certainly I intend to be in Wyandotte for a while longer, but I don’t want this to boil over into something that could create animosity between any of the other African Americans in this community, or other people of color who call Wyandotte their home.”

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