AUGUSTA (AP) – Five people accused of threatening and assaulting a group of Native Americans in eastern Maine have been ordered to stay away from the victims as part of a consent decree.

According to Attorney General Steve Rowe, four men and a juvenile last August allegedly drove up to five Native Americans in Baileyville. The Indians – four teenagers and a 20-year-old – were from the nearby Passamaquoddy Tribe reservation.

The defendants are accused of getting out of their car armed with two-by-fours, sticks and pipes, yelling racial epithets and assaulting some of the Indians.

The state filed a complaint charging the men with violating Maine’s Civil Rights Act.

Under the consent decree, the defendants did not admit to the charges but will face prosecution if they come into contact with the victims or violate the Civil Rights Act.


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