An Illinois teen has been arrested for a hate crime for allegedly placing a racist ad on Craigslist that included a photo of an African American classmate. The teenager, who is a student at Naperville High School, emerged in court on Wednesday morning on two counts of felony hate crime and maybe counted of disorderly conduct, police said inside a news release.
Authorities allege that the student took an image of a new classmate and at school on Nov. 14, after which posted an advert on Craigslist considering the photograph and caption “Slave on the market (Naperville),” police said.
Police began investigating on Nov. 18 once they became aware of a given incident and later identified the juvenile suspect clearly as the person who allegedly posted the ad.
Naperville Police chief Robert Marshall described the ad just like a “despicable and very offensive post.”
“Every single person deserves the right to feel better and welcome in a traditional community, and such department will proceed on to strive to help make that your reality by thoroughly investigating any allegations of hate crimes and bringing those found responsible to justice,” Marshall said.
The DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin popularly known as a case “beyond disturbing.”
Hate crimes have no place in our society and will not be tolerated in DuPage County. Anyone, no matter age, accused of such disgraceful actions will undoubtedly be charged accordingly.
The teenager, whose name and age was not released, is due around the time of court on Dec. 18.
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