By Bassel Barakat
A Redding white man is facing hate crime charges after he hit a black man intentionally with his car on Sunday morning.
According to Redding Police Department, Zackary Miller, 23, hit the victim when he tried to confront Miller for hitting his parked car.
Police say Miller hit the victim’s side-view mirror while he was sitting in his vehicle on Saginaw Street and passed by around 11 a.m.
Meanwhile, After Miller parked hi vehicle near a blue Pontiac, he started calling the victim racial slurs while accusing him of trying to steal money from him, according to the news release.
Miller backed up at a fast pace and struck the victim, throwing him to the ground, then he fled southbound on C Street, police said.
Another occupants of the Pontiac continued to call the victim racial slurs before also backing up and striking the man with their vehicle,. The Pontiac then fled the scene as well.
The victim was able to take a photo of the license plate of Miller’s vehicle before getting knocked. The police identified Milner as the driver at the time of the incident.
According to Police, Millner was on Post Release Community Supervision for possession of a concealed dagger and had two active felony warrants for his arrest.
Redding police, with the help of CHP Air Operations Division, surrounded the house just after 4:30 p.m. and ultimately detained 14 people without incident, including Miller, the release said.
Miller is facing multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, a hate crime enhancement and possession of illegal drugs for sale, police said.
Furthermore, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), condemned the attack. CAIR’s Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem said:”CAIR-Sacramento Valley condemns this disturbing hateful attack in Redding. We welcome the hate crime charges against the suspect and encourage law enforcement to pursue the same charges against the second driver as well. We must come together to emphatically reject hatred and bigotry to ensure this surge of hate attacks against our communities comes to an end.”