The state Attorney General's office reports it's filed a civil-rights lawsuit against a Roslindale man it says spent several months harassing eight Black people living in rental units next to his property.
John Carey now faces a possible injunction ordering him to knock it off, should a judge side with the state on the civil-rights complaint. He faces a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court on Sept. 9 on the state's request for a preliminary injunction.
According to the Attorney General's office:
The attacks allegedly included calling the residents racist epithets, taunting them, trespassing onto their yard, recording their activities with cameras, calling the police on them, calling inspectional services about the properties they live on, and, overall, making it increasingly difficult for them to live their daily lives in peace.
The AG’s Office alleges that in May 2020, Carey harassed two of the residents from his backyard by giving them the middle finger, shouting racist profanities at them, and holding up a bunch of bananas and jumping up and down, which the residents understood to be a “racist suggestion that they were monkeys.” On another occasion in May, the AG’s Office alleges that Carey harassed one of the residents by yelling racist and inflammatory statements at the resident, including calling the resident a “gangster” and telling him to drop the gun and to stop threatening Carey’s family. The resident did not have any weapon and never threatened Carey.
Carey has yet to respond to the suit, only filed last week.