Police allege hate crime against BB man

A Bradenton Police Department officer allegedly became the victim Sept. 18 of a 19-year-old Bradenton Beach man.

According to the probable cause affidavit, police responded to a fight in the 400 block of 12th Street West in Bradenton. Upon arrival, the officer was confronted by Zachary Gennell, 2112 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach.

Police said Gennell was intoxicated and became combative toward the officer in the patrol car. The officer said Gennell used “vulgar language.”

Gennell is then alleged to have put his face in the open window of the vehicle and “intentionally” spit on the officer’s right arm, according to the report.

Police said Gennell shouted racial slurs toward the Hispanic officer and claimed he was a member of the Arian Brotherhood, a white supremacy group.

Gennell was arrested for felony battery on a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor disorderly intoxication and felony evidencing prejudice.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and, as of press time, remained in custody on $9,120 bond. Gennell is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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