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US boy arrested over trying to remove woman’s scarf

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A teenage Indiana University student was apprehended over harassing a scarf-wearing Muslim woman, throwing racist remarks and attempting to remove her headscarf.

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Police said the identified woman was dinning in the outdoor seating area of a restaurant along with her 9-year-old-daughter when Triceten Bickford, a 19-year-old boy came near her.

As stated the woman, the boy was yelling things like ‘white power,’ and ‘kill the police’ and other such offensive remarks about non-white people. She said that the boy squeezed her neck afterwards and began forcing her head down toward a table, and trove to tear the scarf she was wearing.

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it was revealed later the Bickford’s blood alcohol content was 0.195, and he has been charged with intimidation, public intoxication, two counts of misdemeanour battery, one count of felony-level battery, strangulation and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

However, the boy was able to seek ‘release on bond’ from Monroe County Jail after he submitted just $705 to get him released. Later, Bickford also rendered apology to the woman during an interview when he said:

“I’m so sorry to that woman. I have no idea who she is, but words can’t explain how much that… I’ve never hurt someone like that before.”

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