10 July 2020
CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER (AP) — A Mexican American man from Wisconsin is charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a motorcyclist and killed the man because he was white.
Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac [killed] … Phillip Thiessen, 55, … July 3 in the town of Taycheedah. He was a retired special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a former police officer.
Navarro apparently didn’t know Thiessen, but targeted him because he was white, said Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt.
“Navarro said that if President Donald Trump and white people are going to create the world we are living in, he has no choice and that people are going to have to die,” Waldschmidt said. …
Navarro stated that he intentionally crashed head-on into the motorcycle. The sergeant asked Navarro if he heard him correctly about the crash being intentional and Navarro responded “yes, it was intentional, sir,” the complaint said. A deputy at the scene described Navarro as having a “thousand-yard stare.”
During an interview later at the sheriff’s office, Navarro said he wanted to go to prison for the rest of his life so he could be free from his neighbors, who he could hear making racist comments through the walls of his house, according to the complaint. […]