(PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS) — Three juveniles who allegedly assaulted a cab driver and his passenger in Center City Saturday night while shouting racial slurs will not be charged with a hate crime, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

The teens, who are black, were not charged with hate crimes because there was no evidence that the assault was motivated by the victims’ race, said Tasha Jamerson, district attorney spokeswoman. Just shouting racial epithets during the commission of a crime doesn’t rise to the level of ethnic intimidation, she said.

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