Chris Becker

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 Let’s start with some terms: In Michigan, the crime is “Ethnic Intimidation.” But yelling racial slurs at someone isn’t enough to be charged with a crime. Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Chris Becker, explains what the “ethnic” part of the term means.

“The defendant has to specifically harass somebody because of their race, gender, color, national origin, or religion.”

Beyond the targeted group or individual, the type of aggression also matters.