Racine police say a 57-year-old man is facing a disorderly conduct charge after he sent his dog after an African American man who was just walking down the street.

Gerald Johnson, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and/or fines up to $1,000. Because he is considered a repeat offender, Johnson could get extra time tacked onto any sentence he might receive.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnson and a woman were arguing in the front yard of a southside home when an African American man walked down the street in front of the house. The man said he heard Johnson tell the dog to “get that (N-word)” before unleashing the animal to chase the man.

Police say the man ran and jumped onto the back of a truck with the dog chasing him. When he got to the truck the dog stopped and barked. The man said Johnson told the dog to come, but the dog just walked away and wondered into another yard. The woman who was arguing with Johnson successfully retrieved the dog, and the man told Johnson to get his dog, but Johnson told him to “(expletive) off (N-word).”

The man said he told the woman she needed to control the dog, and Johnson threatened the man again, calling him the N-word twice more, the complaint reads. A witness questioned by police corroborated the man’s story.

Charges were filed against Johnson on April 28, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Johnson was assigned a $500 signature bond at his initial appearance Monday and will next be in court June 23 for his pre-trial conference.