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Lockport man acquitted of hate crimes following trial; convicted of misdemeanor

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 11:18:37-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Lockport man who was facing hate crime charges after he allegedly got into a violent confrontation with a woman and pulled out a gun following a minor traffic incident in North Buffalo has been acquitted of the hate crime charges.

On Friday, Jeffrey Calhoun was acquitted on the following charges: unlawful imprisonment and menacing (both as hate crimes), unlawful imprisonment, misdemeanor assault and impersonating an officer.

Calhoun was found guilty of misdemeanor menacing.

Part of the confrontation was captured on cell phone video. It shows Calhoun holding a woman's purse while the woman tried to get it back from him. As the person recording the video approaches Calhoun with others, Calhoun can be seen showing a gun.

Calhoun is due back in court for sentencing in May.