Andrew Walls was arraigned this morning
An Akron municipal judge this morning set a $25,000 bond for Andrew Walls, the Proud Boys member who was videoptaped punching a Black woman over the weekend while using racial slurs.
Walls was arrested and charged with assault and handling a weapon while intoxicated after a clip of the incident circulated on Sunday and the victim filed a police report.
Akron police chief Steve Mylett said the department is working with the FBI to determine if the assault was a hate crime.
Walls, in the video, can be heard saying “What’s up? N***** bitch, shut your mouth," before punching her.
“I am deeply concerned with, what clearly appears to be, a racially motivated assault in our City this past weekend,” Mylett said
. “Hate has no place in our beloved city. We will use every resource at our disposal to bring anyone who engages in racially motivated or bias-based crimes to justice. We stand united with the victim of this heinous assault and her family to ensure justice is served.”
Advocacy groups have called for a federal hate crime charge.
"Violence against women, first of all, was cowardly. Period. Violence in this case is a hate crime, period. We cannot accept it, we won't accept it. It cannot keep going on like this," Judi Hill, President of the Akron NAACP, said in a statement. "We have to let people know that this isn't acceptable, not just in Akron, but anywhere."
Walls will next appear in court on March 11 for a pretrial hearing.