Man charged with hate crime in Iowa City says he's 'allergic to black people'

Andy Benavidez, 47, says he’s “allergic to black people.” At least that’s what he told the police in Iowa City following a violent assault on an unnamed African-American man.

Benavidez told police he tussled with the man simply because he was black, according to KGAN. Benavidez wears a surgical mask to protect himself from catching germs.

The alleged victim told police that Benavidez took the first blow and used racial slurs during the fight.

Benavidez was charged with assault and violation of individual rights, which is considered a hate crime.

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