Two brothers accused of beating and urinating on a homeless immigrant in Boston, one of whom said they were inspired in part by Donald Trump's comments about immigrants, faced a judge Wednesday.
Scott Leader, 38, and his brother Steven Leader, 30, were arraigned after being indicted on Nov. 5. Scott Leader is being held on $75,000 bail, and Steven Leader is being held on 50,000.
The men allegedly kicked, punched and urinated on the victim, a 58-year-old Mexican immigrant who was sleeping near the JFK/UMass MBTA station, around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 19. One of the brothers allegedly hit the victim repeatedly with a metal pole. They then walked away laughing, according to witnesses.
The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose, serious bruising across his torso and other injuries.
At the state police barracks in South Boston, Scott Leader allegedly made a series of incriminating statements, including that he and his brother "tuned up" an "illegal immigrant," and that his behavior was acceptable because the victim was homeless and Hispanic.
According to police, one brother also told officers that Republican presidential candidate Trump "was right" about deporting "all these illegals."
Trump later condemned the beating.
This isn' the first time these two Boston brothers have been in trouble with the law. Criminal records show both were involved in assaults on police officers, as well as other unprovoked racially motivated attacks.