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The police department in Suffolk County, N.Y., has reached a tentative agreement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) to enhance the training of its officers and improve the way it investigates hate crimes and bias incidents, resolving a federal investigation into the county’s policing practices that followed revelations of rampant anti-Latino violence in the county.
The agreement announced yesterday, which still requires the approval of the county legislature, conforms to DOJ recommendations issued in 2011.
The Suffolk County Police Department came under scrutiny in the wake of the 2008 killing of Ecuadorean immigrant Marcel Lucero by a group of teens engaging in what they called “beaner-jumping.” In 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued a report, Climate of Fear: Latino Immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y, that documented widespread hatred and violence directed at the county’s Latino immigrants. The report also showed how certain political leaders in the county had added fuel to the fire by ignoring the problem and using inflammatory rhetoric. ( continue to full post… )
The California-based Ruth Institute (RI), a former project of the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund, split off from NOM and became independent on Nov. 1. Like NOM, while ostensibly working to strengthen marriage (for heterosexuals), it works against marriage equality. And like NOM, the RI has tried to soften its anti-LGBT image through tactics like selectively quoting from virulently anti-gay sources and claiming to support LGBT individuals while simply opposing their right to marry.
The RI’s founder and president, Jennifer Roback Morse, whose academic background is in economics, has mostly steered clear of the kind of vicious anti-LBGT rhetoric employed by some on the religious right. She has, for example, referred to “our brothers and sisters who experience same-sex attraction” as victims of the “sexual revolution.” Nonetheless, she has earned an entry in GLAAD’s commentator accountability project for anti-LGBT statements she has made over the years.
The RI claims that it is “Making Marriage [for heterosexuals] Cool.” The tagline on its website banner states “One Man One Woman For Life.” Thus, heterosexual marriage is the only “proper” context for sex and childrearing. The RI encourages “respect of contributions of men to the family” and using “lifelong spousal cooperation” as a “solution to women’s aspirations for career and family.” ( continue to full post… )
December is upon us. And the first mortar rounds in the annual “War on Christmas” have been fired.
Last night, Christmas sentry Bill O’Reilly invited a fellow Christmas-defending warrior from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to join him on his Fox News show to preview the upcoming battle.
O’REILLY: So once again this year, I will keep an eye on the situation. Helping me is the Alliance Defending Freedom organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have been very successful in defending traditional rights in the courts. Therefore I say to them, ‘God bless you, each and every one,’ with apologies to Dickens.
What O’Reilly fails to mention is that while defending Christmas in the fake war at home, the ADF is waging a vastly different and very real legal war abroad: an aggressive effort to imprison LGBT people. ( continue to full post… )
A former Ku Klux Klan leader in Alabama and his mother, who also was a Klan member, face federal charges related to a 2009 cross burning in a predominantly black neighborhood.
Steven Joshua Dinkle, 28, was arrested by FBI agents on Nov. 25 in Mississippi following the arrest four days earlier of his mother, Pamela Morris, 45, the former secretary of a Klan chapter in Ozark, Ala., the Justice Department said in a statement.
Dinkle, the former “exalted cyclops” of the Ozark chapter, is named in a five-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate housing rights, criminal interference with the right to fair housing, using fire to commit a federal felony and two counts of obstruction of justice.
The indictment alleges Dinkle and another person, who’s not publicly identified, built a 6-foot cross, wrapped it in jeans and towels and set it afire on May 8, 2009, on Johntown Road, near the entrance to a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Ozark. ( continue to full post… )
Craig Cobb, the mixed-race white supremacist jailed and charged earlier this month with terrorizing the tiny North Dakota town that he hoped to turn into a little Aryan settlement on the prairie, now wants to play “let’s make a deal” with government officials.
In exchange for dropping criminal charges that could send him to prison for up to 35 years, the Associated Press is reporting that Cobb said he is willing to sell his house in Leith, N.D. – his separatist dreamland – and leave the state forever.
“I’ll be glad to get out of the state,” Cobb, 62, told the AP Tuesday from the Mercer County Jail in Stanton. “And I’ll never come back to North Dakota.”
Cobb has been in the jail since being arrested and charged on Nov. 16 along with another aspiring Aryan warrior with four felony terrorizing counts after he confronted several town residents while brandishing a rifle. Cobb told the AP he has not eaten in six days as part of a journey of spiritual enlightenment that ends in death. ( continue to full post… )
Federal prosecutors now have guilty pleas from fully half the 36 members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) who were indicted last year for committing multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking.
To date, 18 of the defendants have entered guilty pleas, and the remaining 18 are scheduled to stand trial May 12 in U.S. District Court in Houston. Other guilty pleas likely could occur between now and the trial date.
The ABT is considered one of the most violent crime syndicates in the United States – responsible for crimes both in and out of prisons. It was established in the early 1980s within the Texas penal system, modeling itself around the white supremacist philosophy of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang formed in that state’s prison system during the 1960s. ( continue to full post… )
The U.S. Secret Service is aware of a man with ties to a group called the Christian American Patriots Militia who is the apparent author of a Facebook post that says the antigovernment group has the “authority” to assassinate President Obama.
“We now have authority to shoot Obama, i.e., to kill him,” Everest Wilhelmsen wrote on his Facebook page on Nov. 19 – the same day Larry Klayman and his Reclaim America Coalition held a rally across from the White House to begin a “second American Revolution.”
While Wilhelmsen’s post doesn’t specifically mention the rally or Klayman, the anti-Obama rhetoric is in the same vein.
The Secret Service reportedly became aware of Wilhelmsen’s written threat yesterday, the day before the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. ( continue to full post… )
San Jose State Suspends Three White Students for Alleged Hate Crime and Battery Against Black Freshman
The San Jose State University campus was rocked this week by allegations that three white freshmen students harassed and bullied their African-American freshman roommate. The white students have been suspended and charged with battery and a hate crime.
The black student was living in an eight-unit dorm suite with seven white classmates. Over the course of three months, the white students allegedly locked him in his room, forced a U-lock around his neck, wrote “nigger” on a white board, mocked him with racial nicknames, including “three-fifths,” and hung Nazi and Confederate symbols in their dorm suite, including a photo of Adolf Hitler.
San Jose State Vice President of Student Affairs William Nance called the students’ actions “outrageous and disgusting” and said that three of them would be suspended for “at least several months.” The students were all from California and have been identified as Colin Warren, Joseph Bomgardner and Logan Beaschler.
The victim reportedly held off on informing school officials about the bullying and abuse in an effort to “get along.” The student’s family eventually learned what was happening and reported it. In a statement, they said they are “deeply disturbed by the horrific behaviors that have taken place against our son.”
Meanwhile, students at San Jose State are rallying in support of the student and expressing their outrage:
The Louisville Police Department today identified a man who was shot to death two weeks ago as Joshua Cowles, the former recruiting director for the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) and one of the defendants in a lawsuit brought against group members by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2007.
A coroner’s report found that Cowles, 31, who also went by the names “Massimo Carlucci” and “Gotti,” died from multiple gunshot wounds on Nov. 7 inside a Louisville home. Several people were inside at the time of the shooting, including a woman police believed to be a person of interest. No further details were immediately available. Louisville police did not return several telephone messages left today.
Cowles was among the four IKA members who accosted 16-year-old Jordan Gruver while on a recruiting mission at the Meade County Fair in Brandenburg, Ky., near the group’s compound in Dawson Springs, in July 2007. Without provocation, they threw whiskey in his face, called him an “illegal spic” and brutally beat him. Gruver, a U.S. citizen of Panamanian Indian descent, suffered severe injuries, including a broken jaw and nerve damage. ( continue to full post… )
When a gunman assassinated the head of Colorado’s prison system at his home last March 19, it provided a deadly example of the threat from white supremacist prison gangs.
The suspect in the case, 28-year-old Denver parolee Evan Ebel, was a member of 211 Crew, a particularly vicious regional white supremacist prison gang whose size has been estimated at somewhere between several hundred and a thousand members, all in Colorado.
Ebel was killed during a shootout with police after wounding a North Texas sheriff’s deputy and then crashing his car during a chase that reached speeds of over 100 mph. Police believe he may also have murdered a pizza delivery man, then stolen his uniform to use as a ruse to gain access to the home of Tom Clements, the Colorado prison official who was slain. He was the second 211 Crew member slain during a confrontation with police within a 13-month span.
Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center, publisher of Hatewatch, released a new training video intended to help correctional and law enforcement officers understand the structure of these gangs, their criminal enterprises and the signs, such as distinctive tattoos, that officers can use to identify members’ affiliations. ( continue to full post… )