Meet Jeremy Heath Higgins (text from a Department of Justice news release) …
Jeremy Heath Higgins, 28, a resident of Quinton, Alabama, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala to two counts of federal civil rights violations, announced the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.
As part of the plea proceedings, Higgins admitted that on June 14, 2013, he approached and threatened an African-American man at the Alabama Rose Steakhouse, a restaurant in Quinton, Alabama, because the man was present at the restaurant with a white woman.
Soon after, the couple left the bar. A manager at the Alabama Rose Steakhouse confronted Higgins because of his behavior toward the African-American man and ordered Higgins to leave the restaurant. As Higgins was being escorted from the bar, he used racial slurs, shouted a racial slur at the restaurant manager, and threatened to burn down the Alabama Rose Steakhouse. Later that evening, Higgins returned to the restaurant and threatened the restaurant manager by painting graffiti on the restaurant’s front exterior and fence.