Assault Near Wisconsin Protests Investigated as Hate Crime

Althea Bernstein, 18, told police she heard someone yell out a racial epithet, looked around and saw four white men. One sprayed liquid on her face and neck and threw a flaming lighter at her.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An assault on a biracial woman in Madison was being investigated as a hate crime after the woman told police she was burned by lighter fluid thrown at her and ignited by a white man, just a few blocks from violent protests at the state Capitol. Althea Bernstein told police she was driving near the Capitol about 1 a.m. Wednesday and had stopped at a red light with her driver’s side…

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