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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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
The words `White Power,` the letters `KKK` and anti-religious graffiti were spray-painted inside a church.
Litte Rock, AR
Gary Dodson, 33, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release for his part in the January 2011 firebombing of an interracial couple's residence.
Little Rock, AR
James Bradley Branscum, 23, was sentenced to seven months in prison for burning a cross at a black man's home near Batesville in 2010. Curtis Coffee, 19, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the incident.
Little Rock, AR
Jason Barnwell, 37, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in firebombing the home of an interracial couple in 2011.