Charges: Man punched for speaking Somali on Twin Cities bus

Published 10:14 am Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors have charged a 56-year-old man with assaulting a man who was speaking Somali aboard a Metro Transit bus.

Cornell White was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree assault motivated by racial bias and possessing methamphetamine.

Police responded to a silent alarm of a fight aboard a bus in south Minneapolis on Saturday. The victim told police he had been speaking Somali with a friend on the bus when White started yelling at him to “speak English,” and then punched the victim several times in the face and body.

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Police say the unprovoked attack was captured by a video camera on the bus.

The Star Tribune reports the complaint says officers confiscated about 2.5 grams of meth as White was being booked into the Hennepin County Jail.