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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Racial and ethnic slurs and sexually explicit images were spray-painted on an Islamic center.
Two men walking along the lakefront were allegedly verbally assaulted by two men who believed the pair was gay. A Cook County prosecutor was stabbed after trying to stop the incident from escalating into a physical assault.
A white man allegedly yelled racial slurs at three black teens, chased them and threatened them with a gun, firing at least one shot. Jimmy J. Blackburn, 29, was charged with attempted second- degree murder.
An anti-gay slur was scratched into a University of Florida professor's car.
Lake Chelan, WA
Cars belonging to a group of Muslim students vacationing at a lake were vandalized and had racial slurs etched into them.
Swastikas and the words `Kill the Jews` were painted on residences in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood.
Four Marines arrested for assaulting man at Long Beach gay bar, CA
Four Marine Corps members attacked a man outside a popular local gay bar.
Graffiti was sprayed at Natomas park. The vandalism included swastikas, gang signs and anti-gay messages.
Tinley Park, IL
A white man allegedly yelled racial slurs and attacked a black man who was working near his home. Joseph Berndt, 47, was charged with a felony hate crime and aggravated assault and battery.
Swastikas, anti-gay epithets and gang signs were spray-painted throughout a park.