Read the article
This is the best part though
The victim felt threatened at that point and pulled out his "legally carried pistol." The documents say he pointed it at Pierson, and told him to stay away while he left the store.
I have no tolerance for racism. By all accounts it sounds like this gentleman was minding his own business trying to do some shopping when this POS started harassing him.
I guess the moral here is that if you are going to be a racist bastard you should find a state in which your "victim" doesn't have the right to pack.
On a side note, I have to say that I am not a huge fan of racial intimidation laws. My thoughts are not about race but about being against political correctness. I think assault, for instance, is assault regardless of the reason and should be treated as such. Often racial intimidation charges seem as if they are thought crimes out of Orwell's 1984. With that said, I have a couple of thoughts on this case:
-I think it is appropriate here because racial intimidation was clearly the intent. I say charge this bastard with whatever you can to get him off the street longer. We won't miss him.
-Michigan has been fairly even-handed in using the law. We have had it on the books for quite a few years now and it does not appear as if it is over used. As the article states, it is rare.