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White man tells black Madison officer: 'I'm superior,' 'I'm going to kill you,' police say

White man tells black Madison officer: 'I'm superior,' 'I'm going to kill you,' police say

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James Schultz


A 44-year-old man was arrested Monday night after causing repeated disturbances at a hotel Downtown, telling a black Madison police officer he was “superior” because he was white and threatening that same officer.

James Schultz, 44, was tentatively charged with disorderly conduct and battery or threat to a law enforcement officer.

The Madison Police Department is asking the Dane County District Attorney’s Office to add a hate crime enhancer to the charges, which would make the potential punishment more severe.

Officers responded to the incident inside of the Best Western Premier Park Hotel, 22 S. Carroll St., around 8:30 p.m., according to police.

Schultz continued to come back inside of the Best Western after police and hotel management asked him to leave because of his “repeated disturbances,” police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

When the black officer told Schultz he could be cited for trespassing, Schultz told the officer, “I’m white, you’re black. I’m superior to you, mother (expletive) ... I’m going to kill you ... You can’t touch me,” DeSpain said.

DeSpain said Schultz made more racist statements while being taken to the Dane County Jail.

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