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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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Cape Girardeau, MO
A gay woman was allegedly attacked at her home by a 17-year-old girl who yelled anti-gay slurs. Mercedes Ayers was charged with a hate crime and burglary.
Legal Developments
08/13/2012
Joplin, MO
A mosque was set afire.
Arson
08/05/2012
Independence, MO
Charles Wilhelm, 23, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for conspiracy and violating the Fair Housing Act after he vandalized a biracial man's mobile home with racial slurs in June 2006 and then burned it two days later.
Legal Developments
07/23/2012
Cape Girardeau, MO
A Missouri teen pleaded guilty to a hate crime Monday months after she and her friends severely beat her gay neighbor. Mercedes Ayers was charged with third-degree assault motivated by discrimination for physically attacking 41-year-old Jeana Terry outside her Cape Girardeau home, the Southeast Missourian reported. The 17-year-old went to Terry's house on July 24th and grabbed her by the arm when she opened the door. Ayers, her two younger siblings, and several friends kicked and punched Terry while shouting homophobic slurs, leaving her with bruising, nausea and dizziness, according to the local paper. In the months following the attack, Ayers denied targeting Terry because of her sexual orientation. The teen said that she went to Terry’s home in response to an altercation she had with Terry and Terry's partner, Lisa Lange, the day of incident. Ayers, however, entered a guilty plea Monday in an agreement that required prosecutors to drop a more serious first-degree burglary charge which carried a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Via NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/teen-pleads-guilty-gay-bashing-article-1.1174339#ixzz28itnc6OC
Assault
07/23/2012
Springfield, MO
A racial slur and a threat were etched into a car owned by a black family whose house was burned a week earlier.
Vandalism
07/08/2012
Kansas City, MO
Teresa Witthar, 43, was sentenced to 63 months in prison for participating in writing racial slurs inside a biracial man's mobile home in 2006 in an attempt to make him move.
Legal Developments
06/17/2012
Blue Springs, MO
Fliers from the white supremacist group the Council of Conservative Citizens were left in driveways.
Leafletting
04/23/2012
Kansas City, MO
Literature from the white supremacist group the Council of Conservative Citizens was distributed in several neighborhoods.
Leafletting
04/07/2012
Kansas City, MO
A group of six black men allegedly used anti-white slurs and assaulted a white man on the street.
Assault
03/14/2012
Richmond Heights, MO
A 24-year-old man was arrested for spray-painting "KKK" graffiti on two homes and a fence over the weekend and causing other damage in a Richmond Heights neighborhood, police said Monday. The man also spray-painted the last name of President Barack Obama, police say. The man is in a hospital psychiatric ward for evaluation, according to police. (via http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/man-arrested-for-spray-painting-kkk-and-obama-on-homes/article_f2b65f1f-2a4c-51a1-8902-b114bf818d18.html)
Vandalism
03/08/2012