An Illinois sheriff says he will seek a hate crime indictment against two 32-year-old men who allegedly beat a Muslim at a bar.
Morris County Sheriff Terry Marketti says that Scott Finch and Luke Harty have been charged with aggravated battery in the early Sunday morning attack against 35-year-old Faud Nafie.
Following his arrest, Finch said he was defending the nation against terrorists, according to Marketti.
Nafie works at a goat and sheep farm and processing plant that slaughters animals according to Muslim tradition in the Kinsman, a 97-percent White village of about 100 residents in northern Illinois. The business was raided last month by FBI agents investigating the plant's owner, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, on federal terrorism charges.
Neither Nafie nor the plant workers have been accused of any wrongdoing.