White Man Sentenced To NAACP Work Charged In New Racial Attack
CHICAGO (AP) _ A white man sentenced to perform community service work for the NAACP after he harassed two blacks was charged in a second alleged racial incident, an assault on a pregnant woman with an Hispanic surname, police said.
James Kalafut Jr., 21, was charged Thursday with ethnic intimidation, battery and violation of his court-supervised sentence after he allegedly punched a pregnant woman in the stomach and shouted racial slurs at her, police said.
A court hearing was scheduled today on the new charges.
Virginia Flores suffered minor injuries but the fetus was not harmed, said a spokesman for Holy Cross Hospital, where she was treated and released.
On Tuesday, Cook County Circuit Judge Stuart Nudelman said Kalafut had been ″taught to hate blacks″ and sentenced him to perform 200 hours of community service for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and one year of court supervision.
Kalafut had pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and aggravated assault for an Aug. 16, 1987, incident in which a group of whites - brandishing baseball bats, hurling bottles and shouting racial slurs - chased two blacks from a predominantly white neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side.
Nudelman issued two warrants for Kalafut’s arrest after the new incident late Wednesday night. ″I feel terrible about it,″ the judge said.
″I was trying to stop the cycle of hate,″ Nudelman said of his decision to sentence Kalafut to community service work for the NAACP. ″This is very unfortunate.″
Ms. Flores, said she was ″a white Caucasian American″ who had some Spanish in her family history.
Chicago police said that the incident occurred while Ms. Flores, 27, who is 4 1/2 months pregnant, and Kenneth Kolokowski, 25, were walking past the Kalafut home and having an argument.
The couple alleged that Kalafut came out of his house, yelled at them and then got into a struggle with Kolokowski. Kalafut then allegedly punched Ms. Flores in the stomach and shouted a racial slur at her, police said.
The defendant’s father, James Kalafut Sr., 45, then allegedly came out of the house, dressed in pajama bottoms, and exposed himself to the woman, said police Sgt. Jerry Dusek.
The elder Kalafut also was charged with ethnic intimidation and battery in the alleged incident.
Barry Silver, the younger Kalafut’s attorney, said he was concerned that his client, sentenced for one racial attack, might have been ″framed″ in the new incident.
″I don’t know what to believe at this point,″ Silver said. ″I question the credibility of the persons who filed the charges. But if the charges are true, it’s extremely disheartening.″