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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011, 3:09 P.M.

Racist Shoulda Read T-Shirt Warning

A neo-Nazi skinhead, with a body covered in racist tattoos, is in jail under $75,000 bond on felony malicious harassment charges because he didn’t read the back of a T-shirt worn by a man he’s accused of assaulting. The skinhead, identified as Daren C. Abbey (left), 28, formerly of Sacramento, Calif., is accused of verbally confronting and then assaulting Marlon L. Baker, a 46-year-old African American, inside a Bayview, Idaho, bar on July 3, authorities said Friday. Not wanting a confrontation, Baker left the bar and walked toward a marina on Lake Pend Oreille about 9 p.m. Sunday to watch an Independence Day “boat parade” on the waterfront, said Kootenai County Sheriff’s Major Ben Wolfinger. “He didn’t want trouble, so he walked away,’’ Wolfinger said/HateWatch, Southern Poverty Law Center. More here. (Also: Sirens & Gavels story: Racist knocked out by hate-crime target)

Correction: The SPLC story in the link provided inadvertently swapped surnames and said that Baker rather than Abbey is "white supremacist" with several racist tattoos (near end of story).

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