EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the FBI is helping investigate an attack by several suspected white supremacists on a black disc jockey at a tavern in Washington state over the weekend.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s office said Monday that seven men and one woman were arrested for investigation of assault, hate crimes and other charges early Saturday in Lynnwood. Investigators said the group tried to take over the DJ’s equipment, then beat him and stomped him while shouting racial slurs.
Sheriff Ty Trenary called the attack “disgusting.” Court papers identified the suspects as being affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood.
Authorities say they believe the group, which included people from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Illinois and Oregon, was in Washington state to mark the anniversary of the death of a white supremacist leader in 1984.