Shelby man charged with ethnic intimidation.

June 12, 2020


Shelby man charged with ethnic intimidation.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

SHELBY — A 68-year-old Shelby man faces a felony count of ethnic intimidation and a misdemeanor of false impersonation of a police officer following a recent incident at a newly-opened auto business, Cisneros II, on State Street.

James Richard Sizemore, of 2293 W. Woodrow Rd., was arraigned on the charges in 78th District Court.

It is alleged that Sizemore yelled, “F—— Mexicans!” at the store owner and his grandfather, said Shelby Police Chief Robert Farber.

Sizemore also was waving his finger in their faces, saying, “‘You are taking business away from my people in this community,'” Farber said.

“The gentleman came in and was aggressive and wanted to know if anyone spoke English.”

Sizemore claimed he was an ‘off-duty law enforcement K-9 officer’ and demanded to see the store owner’s business license. The business owner then asked Sizemore for identification, and he claimed that he didn’t have to identify himself, Chief Farber said.

He then walked through a closed office door even though he was told by the owner not to do that.

He had a German Shepherd and another dog in his vehicle. He said, “You don’t want me getting my dogs out. They’ll eat you,” the police report states.

Sizemore threatened that he was going to call the police, but he never did, Farber said. However, the owner called the police on him.

During a police interview, Sizemore claimed that he was a former police officer in Nevada. That has not yet been proven or disproven.

His bail was set at $7,500/cash/surety/10 percent, according to court records. A preliminary exam in district court is set for Monday, June 15, at 3 p.m.

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