The man accused of throwing acid on another man last weekend has been charged with a hate crime.
Clifton Blackwell, 61, of Milwaukee, was arrested last Saturday and was charged today with first-degree reckless injury with use of a dangerous weapon with a hate crime enhancement.
The victim, Mahud Villalaz, says his attacker approached him near a restaurant and accused him of being in the country illegally before asking why he was “invading” the U.S.
Surveillance video from the restaurant recorded the attack.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett related the attack to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric.
A White House spokesman condemned the attack and called Barrett’s comments disgusting.