Washington Man Charged With Felony Hate Crime

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) –  A Lake Stevens man has been charged with a felony hate crime for allegedly posting a photo of a gun on social media and threatening to kill people of color.

The Daily Herald reports court papers say on Jan. 28, one of Benjamin Richey’s relatives had a few friends over.

Documents say Richey took the phone of one of the friends and used their Snapchat account to post a picture of himself holding a BB gun with the caption “killing minorities soon.”

The charges say Richey, who is white, told police the post was a joke.

It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

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