A man named Steve Sinclair has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and a hate crime for stabbing another man after shouting “Black Lives Mater!” The incident took place Tuesday night in Aurora, Colorado.
An arrest affidavit says Sinclair used a knife to stab 29-year-old Michael Conner who was transported to the hospital for his injuries and a collapsed lung. Conner, a white male, told police while at the hospital that Sinclair, a Black male, shouted “Black lives matter!” prior to stabbing him, according to the report.
It’s unclear from the report what may have led up to the incident, but police say witnesses saw Sinclair walk up to Conner and said, “I’m going to kill you and your dog.” One witness said Conner tried to run away and defended himself with a stick.
When police arrived, Sinclair allegedly confessed: