Two brothers have been charged with a felony hate crime after allegedly beating and urinating on a man because they believed he was an immigrant.
Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30, both of South Boston, were charged with civil rights violations while causing bodily injury, a charge that carries up to 10 years in state prison.
The men were also charged with assault and battery for purposes of intimidation causing bodily injury, two counts each of assault and battery and two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Both defendants have been in custody since their Aug. 19 arrests.
The defendants allegedly kicked, punched and urinated on the victim, a 58-year-old homeless man sleeping near the JFK/UMass MBTA station around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 19. One of them took a metal pole and struck the victim with it repeatedly.
According to police, both became highly aggressive and combative after their arrest, exposing themselves and urinating in the cell, challenging troopers to come into the cells to fight, banging on the cell door, and making threatening and anti-immigration statements. According to a police report, Scott Leader said it was alright to attack the homeless man because he was Hispanic and “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”
The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose, serious bruising across his torso, and other injuries.
At the State Police barracks in South Boston, Scott Leader allegedly made a series of incriminating statements, including that he and his brother “tuned up” and “illegal immigrant” and that this behavior was acceptable because the victim was homeless and Hispanic.
The brothers are due in court on Dec. 9.