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06/09/2017 02:42 pm ET Updated Jun 10, 2017

White Man Charged After Going On Racist Tirade At Starbucks

The Chicago man punched, spit at and referred to black men as "slave" and "vermin" after coffee spilled on his suit.

A white man is facing charges after going on a racist tirade, physically attacking a black man and repeatedly referring to two other black men as “slave” and “vermin.”

A WLS-TV photographer captured William Boucher, 23, on video as he physically and verbally attacked three people after someone spilled coffee on his light-colored suit at a Starbucks in downtown Chicago, according to police. 

After employees attempted to defuse the situation, the dispute spilled onto the sidewalk outside of the café and escalated. 

“Shut up, slave! Do not talk to me!” Boucher is heard yelling at a black man in the video. 

At one point, he lashes out at a second black man, who is also recording him. “Your children are disposable vermin!” he yelled before spitting on him. Witnesses said he also spit on a woman. 

They nearly get into a physical altercation but others intervene. 

“Get on all fours right now! Get on all fours! Do not walk off on two legs!” he shouted at the man as he walked away.

Though the dispute seems to be over at that point, Boucher punched a random, uninvolved 59-year-old black man as he passed him. The man fell to the ground and bystanders tackled Boucher, holding him down until help arrived.

Boucher was arrested and later identified after cops arrived. 

The injured man was sent to the hospital with an eye injury.

Starbucks employees told WLS-TV that Boucher had caused problems in the past, but it never ended in violence. 

A Starbucks spokeswoman condemned Boucher’s behavior in a statement to CNN. “We have absolutely no tolerance for this type of behavior in our stores, and are grateful to the partners (employees) and customers who stepped in to help until officers arrived,” she said.

Boucher is facing three counts of misdemeanor battery. He has a court date scheduled for July 5.

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