Jambon pleads guilty to racially-motivated attack

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Posted: Jul 2, 2014 5:37 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 2, 2014 5:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: josh jambon, hurricane isaac, civil rights, grand isle

BATON ROUGE - A Grand Isle man pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations for a racially-motivated attack on Hurricane Isaac relief workers in 2012.

Josh Jambon, 52, could face a year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each of the two federal charges.

In September 2012, Jambon spit on and hit hurricane relief workers because he thought they were part of a separate crew that he claimed damaged his property. Jambon also used several racial slurs, and tried to take away a cell phone from one worker who was filming the attack in order to delete the video.

"Hate-fueled violence has no place in a civilized society," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division. "The Justice Department is committed to using all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal to prosecute acts motivated by racial bias."

The workers Jambon attacked filed suits against him, and he was arrested on battery charges.

The FBI handled the investigation because the workers were subcontractors for FEMA.

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