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 260,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2013 government study estimated occur annually.

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  • Reported April 02, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Miami, Florida
    Braulio Valenzuela, 73, was arrested for allegedly trying to burn down his neighbor's home because of their sexual orientation.
  • Reported April 02, 2014
    Leafletting
    Emsworth, Pennsylvania
    Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were posted throughout a neighborhood.
  • Reported April 02, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Corry Campbell, 20; Sandra Ng, 19; Jennifer Pratt, 29; and David Thomas, 27, were each charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, kidnapping and other related counts after allegedly forcibly tattooing racial slurs and offensive images on a 52-year-old man they held hostage for three days in a basement.
  • Reported March 30, 2014
    Leafletting
    Deland, Florida
    Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left at residences in a neighborhood.
  • Reported March 25, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Marysville, California
    White supremacist Billy James Hammett, 30, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for a 2011 racially motivated attack against a white man and a black woman. Hammett was also ordered to pay $175 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.
  • Reported March 25, 2014
    Intimidation
    Orland Park, Illinois
    A bullet was fired through the dome of a mosque during a prayer service.
  • Reported March 24, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Suffolk, New York
    Former Suffolk County Police Sgt. Scott A. Greene, 50, pled not guilty to six counts of fourth-degree grand larceny as a hate crime and other charges for allegedly stopping at least a half dozen Latino motorists and stealing their cash while patting them down.
  • Reported March 22, 2014
    Leafletting
    Eunice, Louisiana
    Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left at residences in a neighborhood.
  • Reported March 22, 2014
    Leafletting
    Rhome, Texas
    Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left at residences in a neighborhood.
  • Reported March 20, 2014
    Leafletting
    Chesterfield, Virginia
    Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in driveways of residences.
  • Reported March 19, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Sacramento, California
    Reputed white supremacist Brian Keith Jones Jr. was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black motorist in 2012.
  • Reported March 19, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Chicago, Illinois
    Joseph Firek, 59, was charged with first- degree murder and a hate crime for allegedly using racial slurs and punching Michael Tingling, 59, during a confrontation over inappropriate gestures Firek reportedly made to Tingling's daughter. Tingling, a native of Belize, collapsed and died after the fight due to heart problems and stress from the altercation.
  • Reported March 19, 2014
    Intelligence
    Topeka, Kansas
    Fred Phelps, founder of the anti-gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church, died at the age of 84.
  • Reported March 14, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Davis, California
    Clayton Garzon pled no contest to felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury, felony hate crime and misdemeanor battery with serious bodily injury for beating a gay man in March 2013. Garzon received a split sentence in which he will serve five years in jail and then be placed on mandatory supervision for 28 months.
  • Reported March 11, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Sacramento, California
    Anthony Merrell Tyler, 33, pled guilty to participating in a 2011 racially motivated attack on a white man and a black woman.
  • Reported March 11, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Portland, Oregon
    White supremacist Holly Ann Grigsby pled guilty to racketeering in connection with a 2011 road trip that allegedly culminated in the murders of four people. Grigsby and her boyfriend, fellow white supremacist David Pedersen, allegedly killed Pedersen's father and step mother, a black man and a 19-year- old stranger who was singled out because they thought he was Jewish.
  • Reported February 21, 2014
    Assault
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Brice Johnson, 19, was charged with willfully causing bodily injury to a person because of sexual orientation for beating a gay man in September.
  • Reported February 20, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Columbia, South Carolina
    Longtime white supremacist August Kreis, 59, was charged with criminal sexual conduct against a female relative under the age of 12. Kreis, once the leader of an offshoot of the neo-Nazi group the Aryan Nations, allegedly sexually assaulted the girl and showed her pornography.