BURIEN, Wash. — A man who allegedly assaulted Burien's mayor at a community event last July has been charged with a hate crime by the state attorney general's office.
In a statement that Matta provided to police after the alleged assault, he said that the same man had approached him twice in weeks prior to this incident, stating opposition to Matta's politics.
Charging documents state that Tweney assaulted Matta at the party by placing his hands around Matta's neck, then causing him to scrape his arm on a fence. They also state that Tweney used racist language while committing the assault. He allegedly said he "wasn't going to let your people take over" and "Illegals aren't going to take over our community." Matta also said that Tweney told him, "I'll kill you and your illegal friends."
Tweney went to the King County Sheriff's Office two days later, claiming that while he did interact with Matta at the event, no assault occurred. He told police that he tripped and accidentally knocked Matta into the fence.
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