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Activist seeks hate crime charge in Arlington gas station attack

Attorney John Phillips, center, holds a news conference with Ben Frazier of the Northside Coalition, right, and Rayme McCoy.

A community activist is calling on State Attorney Melissa Nelson to upgrade a misdemeanor battery charge to a felony and file a hate crime charge against a man accused of attacking a woman inside an Arlington gas station.

Ben Frazier, of the Northside Coalition, made the announcement publicly at a news conference Wednesday morning with attorney John Phillips, with the Law Offices of Phillips & Hunt.

Frazier said the 23-year-old victim, Rayme McCoy, who is Black, was “singled out because of her race.” He said the Northside Coalition is drawing a line in the sand against racist attacks.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner News4Jax.