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Hate Incidents

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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Chicago, IL
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.
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.
Monnmouth, IL
A racial slur was carved into the door of a predominantly black church.
Belleville, IL
Codie M. Engelke, 18, was charged with one count of burglary, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of hate crime after he allegedly vandalized a church and wrote a racial epithet inside.
Chicago, IL
Two white teens, ages 17 and 16, were charged with committing a hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, intimidation, aggravated battery and battery in connection with a December 2011 incident. The teenagers, along with Matthew Herrmann, 18, allegedly put a noose around a black high school student's neck, threatened him with a knife and used racial slurs while holding him captive.
Legal Developments
Elmburst, IL
Myles Burton, 21, a former Elmhurst College student, was sentenced to two years of probation for scratching the letters `KKK` and a racial slur on a window ledge outside a black dorm supervisor's room.
Legal Developments
Plainfield, IL
Nicholas Minniti, 18, was charged with a felony hate crime and aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting a gay teen at a fast-food restaurant.
Skokie, IL
A white couple was allegedly attacked by three black teens who yelled racist remarks at them.
Crest Hill, IL
A man allegedly yelled racial epithets at a black man in a convenience store then fired a BB gun outside, damaging a gas pump and shattering a window. Nicholas Tsantrizos, 22, was charged with aggravated battery, committing a hate crime, vandalism and disorderly conduct.
Oak Park, IL
A gay nightclub was set afire and anti-gay remarks allegedly were written inside.