Posted on January 7, 2016

Prosecutor: Man in Assault Case ‘Hates White People’

Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati, January 6, 2016

Quran Hamm was at the Hamilton County Jail in July awaiting trial on charges of shooting at two police officers when prosecutors say he “sucker-punched” a deputy, knocking him into a railing and splitting his ear open.

Hamm’s motive for that attack, Assistant Prosecutor David McIlwain told jurors during opening statements in Hamm’s trial: “He hates white people–specifically white people in authority.”

A few months earlier at the jail, McIlwain said, Hamm tried to elbow another white deputy in the face. As he was being restrained by deputies, according to McIlwain, Hamm called them “white devils” and said “crackers crumble.”

Hamm, 26, is standing trial in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on three counts of felonious assault. {snip}

Qurann Hamm

Qurann Hamm

In July 2014, after two Cincinnati police officers pulled over a car Hamm was riding in, McIlwain said, he ran from the car and fired a single gunshot at the officers. The bullet from a 9 mm Glock pistol did not strike anyone.