6 to be charged in racially motivated attack

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski said Monday that six people will be charged with multiple offenses following what has been called the racially-motivated attack of an African American man in a local bar a week ago Saturday.

Although the borough's mayor stated last week that citations had been filed against eight people reported to have assaulted Paul L. Morris Sr., court records indicated no citations or criminal complaints had been filed in the case as of Friday. Kokoski, who had not been available immediately following the incident, said that there never was a possibility that the charges would be handled through citations, which can be used only for summary offenses such as harassment or public drunkenness. Kokoski said that after consultation with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and investigation by his officers, a decision has been reached to file multiple charges against six people, the charges to include assault and ethnic intimidation.

He said that only one of the people involved in the assault lives locally, while the others are from across the state.