Courtney Wayne Mallery and his wife Nicole were taken into custody Monday and charged with stalking, petty theft, and tampering with a utility meter.
Two Black ranchers were arrested this week after accusing white locals of racial discrimination and harassment.
According to Colorado Springs’ Gazette, Courtney Wayne Mallery and his wife Nicole moved to Colorado in 2017, having been displaced by Hurricane Harvey. About three years after their arrival, the couple purchased a 1,000-acre ranch in the predominately white El Paso County—a decision that allegedly made them the targets of an extensive intimidation campaign.
The Mallerys say they’ve spent the last several years dealing with racially motivated attacks on their property. They claim their neighbors have painted slurs on their land, burned their Black Lives Matter flags, poisoned and slaughtered their animals, and even waved firearms at them. The husband and wife say they’ve made multiple complaints to local authorities, but their claims have gone mostly ignored.
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