A Chicago man was charged this week with misdemeanor battery after an apparent racially charged altercation caught on video.
Video of part of the incident shows a white man spitting at a black man, telling him his children are “disposable vermin” and calling a second black man a slave.
The incident started, police say, when William Boucher, a 23-year-old white man wearing a light-colored suit, became angry when someone spilled a beverage on him shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Starbucks on West Lake Street.
The situation spilled onto the sidewalk, where Boucher spat on a man, 30, and woman, 34, police said.
Boucher also punched a 59-year-old man unprovoked, authorities said.
The older man was taken to a hospital with an eye injury, CNN affiliate WLS-TV reported.
Boucher has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery. He is scheduled to appear in court July 5.
Boucher could not be reached for comment Thursday.
An emailed statement from a Starbucks spokeswoman said: “We have absolutely no tolerance for this type of behavior in our stores, and are grateful to the partners (employees) and customers who stepped in to help until officers arrived.”
It wasn’t immediately clear who spilled the coffee. A WLS photographer recorded a video of what followed.
In the video, Boucher said: “You’re disgusting,” to an unidentified man after the coffee-spilling incident.
A Starbucks employee appears to intervene, standing between Boucher and the unidentified man.
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SOURCE: CNN, Chuck Johnston and Darran Simon