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A group in suburban Illinois has been accused of attacking a black teen with a bat and threatening to shoot a second teen with it.
The Wheaton City Council on Monday voted to take the young white man to juvenile court for assault and battery after he allegedly threw the teen to the floor and punched him in the face.
The incident happened at the Wheaton Mall on Sunday afternoon, according to Wheaton Police Department Capt. Gary Miller.
The teenager was playing baseball with his friends, Miller said, when the group started to fight.
The group members then began yelling racial slurs and attacking the teen, Miller told The Associated Press.
The teens got into a physical altercation with the other group, Miller added.
Wheaton police responded to the scene, and a witness reported that a black male was lying on the ground with a black man and a black woman punching him in his face.
Police say the teen told them the two black men were throwing punches at him.
The witness also said he saw the black men kicking the teen in the head.
Wheatton police later interviewed the witnesses, who told police they heard a group of people screaming racial slurs.
The boy told police he had just left his friend’s house, and he was walking home when he heard the noise.
He then saw two young white males standing behind him, Miller, who is white, told the AP.
Miller said the teen did not report the incident to police until the following day.
The police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement, Wheaton Mayor Jim Gatsas praised the police response.
“We want to thank the Wheton Police Department for their swift and appropriate response,” he said.
“The Wheton City Council has the authority to take swift action if necessary to ensure the safety of all of our citizens.
I am hopeful that the Wheontan community will continue to be able to engage in meaningful and constructive dialogue on issues of race and police accountability.