Incidents of apparent hate crimes and hate group activities listed here are drawn primarily from media sources. These incidents include only a fraction of the approximately 191,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2005 government report estimated occur annually.
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Bay City, MI
A white Bay City man has been charged with committing a hate crime, accused of the racially motivated beating of a black man. Twenty-four-year-old Justin Bouza was due in court Thursday for a preliminary examination to decide if he should stand trial on charges of ethnic intimidation and aggravated assault. The intimidation charge carries up to two years in prison. Mlive.com reports that authorities say Bouza and a 21-year-old man attacked 26-year-old Jeremy Love about 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 12. Police say they found Love lying on the ground, bleeding and groggy. He was treated for a concussion. Witnesses say Bouza and his companion used racial slurs while punching and kicking Love on the ground. Bouza was in jail Thursday, and there's no phone listing for him. From: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121011/METRO/210110479#ixzz295nhBJYr
Authorities in Reno, Nev., are investigating a possible hate crime where a man allegedly attacked a woman and stabbed her male friend on the streets of downtown Reno on Thursday because she is a lesbian, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. For more information: http://www.edgeonthenet.com/news/crime/news/138071/police_call_reno,_nev,_street_attack,_stabbing_a_hate_crime (Via edgeonthenet.com)
A woman claiming to be a 'Sovereign Citizen' was arrested after she refused to exit her vehicle during a traffic stop and drove away, hitting two Memphis officers in the process. From: http://www.abc24.com/news/local/story/Sovereign-Citizen-Refuses-Traffic-Stop-Hits/XDLO6lqd70eW3dOd6cA5_A.cspx
A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted four teens accused of writing anti-gay slurs and other vulgar messages on vehicles and homes in an Arlington neighborhood. The June 10 case involved at least 13 criminal mischief incidents near the 1100 block of Crowley Road in Arlington. Grand jurors returned the indictments of graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 against John Austin Cartwright, 17, of Arlington; Daniel Damian Sibley, 18, of Fort Worth; Seth Stephen Hatcher, 18, of Arlington; and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, of Arlington. The charge is a state jail felony. Trials are now pending for the four teens, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. A fifth teen, a 16-year-old girl, surrendered to authorities in late June and was turned over to Tarrant County juvenile authorities. She is not being identified because she is a juvenile. The status of the juvenile charges against her was unavailable on Monday. Home surveillance cameras caught the teens in the act, Arlington police have said. Police are treating the case as a hate crime. Via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/01/4302027/teens-accused-of-writing-anti.html#storylink=cpy
The Wynne School Board has expelled two junior varsity football players who were accused of placing a noose around the neck of a black student. The board met in executive session Wednesday and decided to expel the two students for the rest of the semester. The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://is.gd/IAiVeH ) that it's a lesser punishment that the one recommended by Superintendent Carl Easley, who supported expulsion for the rest of the school year. Few details have been released about the alleged incident. Family members have said the white students placed a noose around the 14-year-old black student's neck, but authorities have not confirmed that account. More than 150 people attended the hearing. Many were angered by the board's decision, and Wynne police were called in to calm the crowd. Via SFGate.com: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Wynne-school-board-expels-2-after-investigation-3918784.php#ixzz28irQlMgI
Nicolas Brendon Madison, 21, was arrested on charges of suspicion of a hate crime and gang participation after he allegedly threatened a store clerk and made racist statements.
Three teens were arrested for spray-painting swastikas and anti- Semitic graffiti on two synagogues on Sept. 21. Two of the teens face felony aggravated criminal mischief charges and the other youth was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief/vandalism.
Wade Murray, 30, was charged with felony vandalism for allegedly throwing rocks and leaving anti-gay posters at four churches.
A swastika and the letters `KKK` were spray-painted in a parking lot.
Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were spray-painted on two synagogues.