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 February 17, 2014
    Vandalism
    Oxford, Mississippi
    A noose was tied around the neck of a statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi. In 1962 Meredith became the first black student to enroll in what was then an all-white Southern college.
  • Reported February 04, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Montgomery, Alabama
    Former Klansman Steven Joshua Dinkle, 28, pled guilty to hate crime and obstruction of justice charges for burning a cross in a black neighborhood in Ozark, Ala., in 2009. Dinkle was the local leader of the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Reported January 25, 2014
    Legal Developments
    Leith, North Dakota
    White supremacist Kynan Dutton, 29, pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of menacing and disorderly conduct after he and fellow white supremacist Craig Cobb were accused of terrorizing residents while armed with guns in November. Dutton was sentenced to time served and two years of probation.
  • Reported January 08, 2014
    Legal Developments
    San Jose, California
    Logan Beaschler, 18, pled not guilty to misdemeanor hate crime and battery charges after allegedly bullying his black roommate in 2013. Beaschler is one of several white students at San Jose State University accused of allegedly taunting their black roommate with racial slurs and hanging a bicycle lock around his neck. Joseph Bomgardner, 19, and Colin Warren, 18, also face misdemeanor hate crime and battery charges in connection with the incident.
  • Reported December 24, 2013
    Assault
    Turlock, California
    Two men allegedly called a black woman a racial epithet while beating her unconscious in a bar. Eddie Taylor, 53, and Eddie Taylor Jr., 25, were charged with aggravated assault and a hate crime.
  • Reported December 24, 2013
    Leafletting
    Tinley Park, Illinois
    Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights were left at residences in a neighborhood.
  • Reported December 10, 2013
    Legal Developments
    Memphis, Tennessee
    Justin Baker, 25, pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of students of a Jewish school for defacing the school's Torah scroll and prayer books before a January 2013 worship service held at a Jackson, Tenn., hotel where Baker was working as a security guard.
  • Reported December 07, 2013
    Legal Developments
    Montgomery, Alabama
    Alleged former Klansman Thomas Windell Smith, 24, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to violate housing rights in connection with a 2009 cross burning at the entrance of a black neighborhood in Ozark.
  • Reported December 04, 2013
    Vandalism
    Miami Beach, Florida
    The letters `KKK` and a bull's eye were spray-painted on a mikvah, which is a ritual bathhouse for Jewish women; a youth center, a condominium and a homeless outreach center.
  • Reported November 17, 2013
    Legal Developments
    Leith, North Dakota
    White supremacists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton were arrested on three counts of terrorizing after they allegedly confronted residents with a rifle and a shotgun.
  • Reported November 12, 2013
    Leafletting
    New Smyrna Beach, Florida
    Ku Klux Klan fliers were distributed in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods.
  • Reported November 10, 2013
    Rally
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement held a rally.
  • Reported November 10, 2013
    Rally
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    Members of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a rally at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
  • Reported November 09, 2013
    Legal Developments
    State College, Pennsylvania
    Eric Hyland and Hayden Grom, both 19, were charged with ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after they allegedly spray-painted anti- Semitic, sexual and graphic words and images on 12 cars, a dumpster and a garage near a predominantly Jewish fraternity at Penn State University.
  • Reported November 01, 2013
    Legal Developments
    Tampa, Florida
    Tavares Spencer, 16, was convicted of attempted first-degree felony murder, attempted second-degree murder and robbery for the April shooting of a transgender man.
  • Reported November 01, 2013
    Legal Developments
    Roanoke, Virginia
    Neo-Nazi Bill White, 36, was convicted of three counts of transmitting a threatening communication to attempt to extort money. In 2012, White fled the country to avoid probation and then sent threatening e-mails to his estranged wife demanding money.
  • Reported October 30, 2013
    Legal Developments
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Jamie Hebert, 20, pled guilty to second-degree battery and to violating Louisiana's hate crime statute for shouting anti-gay slurs and punching a man who was holding hands with another man in the French Quarter in February 2013. Hebert was sentenced to two years on the battery charge and three years on the hate crime charge but the sentences were suspended. Instead, Hebert will spend three years on probation.
  • Reported October 29, 2013
    Vandalism
    Seal Beach, California
    Swastikas and other graffiti were spray-painted on the window of a spa and on a nearby sidewalk.