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A man who allegedly went on a racist rant outside a Chicago Starbucks is facing hate-crime charges


Updated September 13, 2017 04:45 PM EDT

A man who allegedly went on a racist rant at a Chicago Starbucks in early June is now facing felony hate crime charges.

William Boucher, 24, is facing four counts of aggravated battery in a public place and four counts of committing a hate crime, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. His bail was set at $50,000 and he's scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23.

Boucher allegedly went on a racially-charged rant on June 6 after someone accidentally spilled a drink on him.

Video of the incident shows him punching a man, spitting on two others and yelling, "Shut up, slave! Do not talk to me!" at two black men.

The racists of the world really ought to know better in today's camera-filled world. 

For instance, if you were William Boucher, a 23-year-old man in a Chicago Starbucks who flipped out on another person after they spilled coffee on him, telling them to "shut up, slave," you really should know that pretty much everyone in a coffee shop will have a smartphone. 

Boucher hit and spat at the other person, suggesting to him that he should be tagged with a bar code like they were livestock. 

"Your children are disposable vermin!" Boucher is heard yelling at another man in a video that's generated a lot of rage online. 

Boucher then punched a 59-year-old man in the face, dropping him to the ground.  He was tackled and held down until the police arrived.

Boucher has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery.

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