Man who attacked police with brick ‘because they shoot black people’ charged with hate crime

Man who attacked police with brick ‘because they shoot black people’ charged with hate crime
Devon Adams-Almstad (Image: Police photo)

[Ed. – The perpetrator was white, making it effectively a hate crime by proxy.]

Devon Adams-Almstad, 20, of Asylum Avenue in Hartford, was arrested Monday night after a brick was thrown through the driver’s side window of a patrol car, police said. The brick narrowly missed Officer Carlo Faienza’s head, and flying glass cut his arm, police said.

The incident happened shortly before 9:10 p.m. on Laurel Street, near Farmington Avenue. Faienza broadcast a description of the person who threw the brick, and Officer Robert Hathaway quickly apprehended a man, later identified as Adams-Almstad, according to a police report and Assistant Chief Rafael Medina III.

According to Hathaway’s incident report, Adams-Almstad said, “I just smashed a police cruiser’s window.” Adams-Almstad then said “he hates white police officers because they shoot black people and that he hates all of us,” according to the report. He did not specifically reference the Barone video or Hartford police, according to the report.

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Adams-Almstad was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, assault on police, reckless endangerment, hate crime and breach of peace, police said. He was placed under a mental health watch.

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