A San Francisco man said Monday that he still hasn't recovered physically and emotionally from an attack months ago that police were investigating as a hate crime. .
James Jefferson, 58, was born in Mississippi and raised in San Francisco, but the assault he underwent back in February sounds like something out of the worst days of the Deep South.
"It's not the kind of thing that I would think would happen in San Francisco,” said Jefferson. “He just started saying, 'You're an N---, a N----'. You know, you're just an N---.'"
Prosecutors say 47 year-old David Wright repeatedly used the “N-word” as he accused Jefferson of stealing gloves from his parked motorcycle and shoved the retired clerk into the gutter outside a convenience store in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.
"I look at him and he says, 'You know, I'm a bike cop and I'll drop kick your ass, N----,” said Jefferson.
But Wright was no cop and police found the "missing" gloves inside wright's own belongings.
As of Monday, he faced felony assault and elder abuse charges along with a hate crime allegation.
San Francisco prosecutors last year reviewed 23 cases for hate crimes.
The city's LGBT community is typically the number one target, though the department told KTVU Monday that it was reviewing two other recent cases that may include African American victims.
“We have a case of a landlord tenant dispute. The tenant is an African American, the landlord left a noose, around, obviously offensive,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.
Jefferson said Monday that his experience back in February has left him in need of physical and mental therapy.
“It rubs me raw, it's hurt me, it's affected me, I have problem with just, you know, white people passing me by on the streets now,” said Jefferson.
Nationwide, the FBI reports 3,465 racially motivated hate crimes in 2011 and 72 percent of those targeted were African Americans.
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