- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

TULS, Okla. (AP) - State prosecutors have dropped hate crime charges against a Tulsa man accused in an attack on a woman in January.

Stuart Manning was charged Jan. 10 with assault and battery, malicious injury to property and malicious intimidation because of race or color. Authorities accused Manning of hitting a woman in the forehead and vandalizing her vehicle while calling her a Muslim and using an expletive.

The Tulsa World reports (https://bit.ly/1fEStuU ) state prosecutors dropped charges because a federal investigation is underway. The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to file a hate crime charge against Manning.

Manning had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to a police report, Manning told officers that he was drinking and didn’t remember the incident.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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