Teen Charged In Motor City Pride Beating

By Jason A. Michael

DETROIT - A 16-year-old boy was charged last week in the June 8 beating of Christin Howard, which took place just outside Motor City Pride on the Detroit Riverwalk. The teenager, who is not being identified because of his age, was brought up on assault charges Saturday. He was also brought up on unrelated carjacking charges for an incident that took place the same day.

In the Howard case, the teen was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and aggravated assault. Bond has been set at $20,000 (ten percent would be required for his release), and the judge ruled the teen would have to wear a tether.

Graphic video posted on YouTube reveals that the teen was one of five to eight assailants who attacked Howard, beating him and, once he was on the ground, kicking him repeatedly. The assault began after one assailant started harassing Howard and making fun of his long hair while he had stopped to pose for a picture on the Riverwalk.

The teen's court-appointed attorney said that his client was the youngest of the assailants and just followed the crowd. He "made a bad decision to follow some adults there" attorney Jeffrey Schwartz told the court. The teen is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing July 2. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has called the attack a hate crime and the investigation is ongoing. "I believe we're going to find them for sure," Howard said of his attackers for a story that ran in Between The Lines last week.

"Justice will be served."

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