Investigation of Alleged Racial Attack in Claremont Complete

Dec 14, 2017

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A state law enforcement investigation into a high-profile, allegedly racially motivated attack in Claremont is now complete, state Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Thursday. The close of the investigation marks a progression in the case, but few additional details are now public. 

In August, the mother of a young biracial boy said her son was attacked by local teens. She said the teens tied a rope around his neck and pushed him off a picnic table. He had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Parents of one of the teens involved told Newsweek the incident was instead a tragic accident.

The boy’s family, though, also questioned the Claremont Police Department’s initial handling of the case, saying it was not taken seriously until they started raising awareness on social media and state investigators got involved.

MacDonald said Thursday that the investigation was exhaustive and involved officials at the federal level, including from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

MacDonald said his office will release a full report on the investigation at a later date. He declined to say when that will be, citing laws around public disclosure. Because the case involves juveniles, it’s unclear what information will be released. It’s also unclear at this point whether the state intends to bring charges against the teens involved.