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Just when it feels like we've made a lot of progress in our country and the idea of equality is actually within reach, something despicable happens essentially in our own backyard.

A suburban Detroit woman says she and her family were afraid to sleep in their own home after someone fired shots into their home and painted a swastika on one of their vehicles. The couple says a rock was thrown through their front window and "terrorist black lives matter," "not welcome," and another phrase containing an expletive were also written on their truck.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after targeting Eddie and Candace Hall. The couple displayed a Black Lives Matter sign in the front window of their home in Warren.

Police say the man did not know the Halls. Warren police commissioner Bill Dwyer says the man has been charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor. The incident occurred on or around September 7.

"It was the No. 1 priority with the Warren Police Department from the day that hate crime took place," Dwyer told The Detroit News. "We used just as much resources as we would in a homicide investigation."

Police say the man lives in the same neighborhood as the Halls. NBC-15 reports that he has confessed to a series of crimes targeting the couple. The man's name has not yet been released. He remains in police custody awaiting arraignment.

We can do better than this.