TACOMA, Wash. – Two white men from Washington state, including an Aryan Nations follower who ran for public office in Idaho, have been indicted in what authorities say was a racially motivated attack on a black bar patron.
Zachary Beck and Kory Boyd, both of Vancouver, are charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights and interference with a federally protected right. They were to make initial appearances Wednesday at federal court in Tacoma.
Prosecutors say the Jan. 7 attack at a Vancouver bar came after Beck demanded that the only black man leave. They say Beck tried to hit him, Boyd threw a bottle and a third man tried to stab him. That third man has already been convicted of state charges.
Beck ran unsuccessfully for city council in Hayden, Idaho, in 2003.