Hate Crime Accusations

Four black prisoners are accused of battery as a hate crime after allegedly beating up three white inmates in the Rock County Jail.

All the assaults happened in the top security section at the jail. The prisoners have not yet been charged.

Jailers say the white men were dragged into jail cells and held while they were beaten repeatedly. The assaults happened over several days until one of the victims finally told jail staff.

Jail commander Barbara Barrington-Tillman says the men accused of assault told the victims they were beating them up because white guys were responsible for putting them in jail.

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