VIDEO: Prosecutors charge man with hate crime in brutal beating caught on camera
Shawn Macdonald is accused of a racially motivated attack on Papi Ngoqo, a Black Vancouver man from South Africa. The attack happened in 2008, but charges — and the racial angle — are just now being brought.
A man suspected of being a member of a Canadian Neo-Nazi group has been charged with hate crimes in connection with the savage beating of a Black Vancouver man from South Africa.
Papi Ngoqo was beaten back in December 2008, but charges are just being filed — and prosecutors are only now saying they think the attack was racially motivated.
The Crown accused Shawn Macdonald of committing the beating because of the color of Ngoqo's skin. Macdonald is believed to be a member of the white supremacist group Blood & Honor, prosecutors say. Macdonald faces charges for attacks on two other people — a Latino man and an Aboriginal woman — dating from 2010.
"It certainly looks like a targeted attack," said Alan Dutton — the chair of Canada's Anti-Racism and Education and Research Society. Dutton's been tracking hate groups for a quarter century. “They're out hunting people of visible minorities."
A CBC videographer caught the beating on tape and has since been subpoenaed to testify at the trial.