Teen charged in NJ Walmart racial comment case

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in the case of a racial comment that was made over the public-address system at a Walmart store in southern New Jersey. Police said Saturday the Atlantic County teenager was arrested Friday on charges of harassment and bias intimidation.

They say he's been released to the custody of his parents. The incident happened Sunday evening when a male voice came over the Walmart public address system and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now."

The announcement provoked an immediate apology from the store manager. Authorities aren't releasing the boy's name because he's a juvenile, and they don't know whether he has an attorney.

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