Burning cross possible hate crime

The FBI is investigating whether two teens involved in a cross burning incident in a Center Grove area neighborhood should be charged with a federal hate crime.

The teens, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old, were found by sheriff’s deputies after a black resident in Fairview Heights woke up early Jan. 2 and found a small cross burning in his front yard.

The Indianapolis FBI office received information about the incident and is investigating, FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne said. The FBI has 45 days to prepare a report and submit it to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where federal prosecutors will decide whether to file charges, she said.

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