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White North Carolina motorist who struck Black protesters may face hate crime charges

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By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – Police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina said on Tuesday they were investigating whether a white motorist committed a hate crime when she struck two Black demonstrators who were protesting the fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown. Lisa Michelle O’Quinn, 41, drove her vehicle into two 42-year-old women who were “peacefully protesting and exercising their constitutional rights” on Monday evening, the Elizabeth City Police Department said in a statement. A cell phone video aired on local news showed a motorist behind the wheel of a white car driving into the women …

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