According to prosecutors, Sanders accosted a suburban couple, repeatedly calling them "n------," after a July 30 argument over a bean-bag game at Margarita Fest, an event hosted at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive.
The couple — Ernest Crim and his wife, who are African-American suburban high school teachers — hoped to play a round of bags but could only find one bean bag, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said during a bond hearing.
At one point, Sanders, who was playing nearby, threw a bean bag and never collected it again, prosecutors said. So Crim's wife went to retrieve it.
That's when Sanders, who is white, began calling the woman a "n-----" repeatedly. Crim took out his phone to record Sanders, but she knocked it to the ground, Antonietti said.
Crim was still able to record Sanders telling him he was "acting like a n-----." That video went viral this summer.
In an interview with DNAinfo Chicago, Crim said he was shocked and shaken by the racist tirade, and his wife was so stressed that she broke down crying: "What [Sanders] did is just a symptom of something that society, this country, is producing. She's just outward with it. Before this even happened, this has been a rough summer being a black person."