Man Who Threatened Officer Gets Charged With Hate Crime; The Reason May Surprise You

Mark Kevin Tolson charged with hate crime for threatening officer.

Mark Kevin Tolson charged with hate crime for threatening officer. (Kiro 7)

Man Who Threatened Officer Gets Charged With Hate Crime; The Reason May Surprise You

Tacoma, WA – A Tacoma man was recently charged with a hate crime for making threats against the law enforcement officer who had arrested him. There are no Blue Lives Matter laws in Washington, and the officer wasn’t a minority.

“This is the first time that I can recall when a hate crime has been charged when the victim is an officer, and further the victim is white,” said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

On July 16th, Mark Kevin Tolson, 55, fled from police after a domestic violence incident in Tacoma. After a foot pursuit, officers were able to take Tolson into custody. Tolson is black, and the arresting officer was white.

Tolson accused the arresting officer of being a “racist white cop.” Tolson then spoke about the assassination of four Lakewood Police officers who were ambushed in a coffee shop in 2009.

Lindquist advised, “The defendant started telling the arresting officer that the four police officers murdered in Lakewood got what they deserved. The defendant said that when he got out of jail, the arresting officer was going to meet the same fate as the four Lakewood officers.”

Lindquist is charging Tolson with felony harassment (threats to kill) and malicious harassment (hate crime.)

Malicious harassment is the Washington hate crime law; it covers threats to people based on their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap. Note that occupation is not on that list. That means that Lindquist is charging Tolson for making threats against the victim officer, because that officer was white, not because he was a police officer.

This is the first time that we’ve seen this sort of case go forward. Hopefully it will send a message to Black Lives Matter that they cannot get away with making racial threats just because their victims are white.

  • Blackski

    About time

  • ALL LIVES MATTER ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    Good for the prosecutors of WA. Now we will see if the jury of ultra liberal WA state residents will convict him.

  • Waddymellons

    Googled his name, actually showed up on a REAL news station, guess this story is REAL for once, never ever heard of a black actually being charged with a hate crime, this must be the first!

  • mr2bears@hotmail.com

    Good now give him 30 yrs to reflect

  • Barbara Vann

    Lock his ass in a cell with KKK thugs

    • EyemNotFree

      That would be torture. Give him room board schooling health care food stamps self esteem training like the DOPE dealer in the White House.

    • Kek I Trust

      Lock his ass up with ADL and SPLC thugs

  • Cheryl Detar

    Now, they need to round up the rest of them. Starting with the ones that said, “Fry em’ like bacon.”

  • Rider

    Who wrote this article? Donald trump people kkk..smh

    • ontheradar2

      a journalist not owned by progressive /liberal lunacy, thats who.

  • sfcmac

    Throw the book at the thug.

  • EyemNotFree

    Ignore the poor repressed African American. They were slaves 100’s of years ago. Go harass some pot heads instead. You won’t get shot that way.