Youngstown man arrested for insulting black police officers
A city man is expected to be arraigned in municipal court this afternoon on charges he racially insulted two city police officers early this morning.
Officers on patrol downtown were flagged down about 2:45 a.m. by Officer Jimmy Hughes Jr, who was off duty, in front of 110 W. Federal St.
Hughes, who is black, told the officers that he spotted Craig L. Hall, 39, argue with someone else and that Hall alluded to shooting that person.
Hughes said in reports that he knew Hall from calls on duty and tried to calm Hall down, and Hall threatened to beat Hughes up then called him a racial name.
Uniformed officers were then flagged down and they told Hall to stop yelling and using racial slurs and that Hughes is a police officer
Reports said Hall told the officers he did not care and he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, aggravated menacing and ethnic intimidation after Hughes said he felt he would be harmed by Hall if Hall got the chance.
Reports said the entire time Hall continued threatening Hughes and racially insulting him.
When Hall was booked into the Mahoning County jail he also threatened Officer George Wallace, who is black, and called Wallace several racial names while referring to himself as a “white gorilla.” Additional aggravated menacing and ethnic intimidation charges were added for that as well.