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 03, 2013
    Vandalism
    Wilmington, Massachusetts
    The word `brainwashing` was spray- painted on the outside of three churches.
  • Reported January 26, 2013
    Vandalism
    Avon, Connecticut
    Racial and anti-Semitic slurs and threats against school personnel were written on bathroom walls at a high school.
  • Reported January 24, 2013
    Assault
    Daytona Beach, Florida
    A woman was allegedly attacked in a parking lot by a man who yelled anti-gay slurs. Adam Winterstein, 32, was charged with felony battery/hate crime, felony battery causing bodily harm and resisting an officer without violence.
  • Reported January 22, 2013
    Leafletting
    Covington, Georgia
    Recruiting fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in the driveways of residences.
  • Reported January 14, 2013
    Assault
    Washington, District of Columbia
    Two men were allegedly attacked on the street by three people who made anti-gay remarks.
  • Reported January 09, 2013
    Vandalism
    Roslyn Heights, New Hampshire
    Nassau County Police are investigating a possible hate crime. Third Squad detectives say the criminal mischief took place between Friday, Jan. 4, and Monday, Jan. 7, at 8 a.m. in Roslyn Heights. According to detectives, graffiti was discovered on a playground slide at Heights Elementary School on Willow Street. The graffiti included a one-to-two inch Swastika along with obscene words and pictures written with a black magic marker. The graffiti is being investigated as a bias incident and the investigation is ongoing. Detectives ask anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
  • Reported January 07, 2013
    Assault
    St. Charles, Illinois
    Two men who were with a female friend outside a bar were allegedly attacked by a woman and two men who called the victims anti-gay slurs during the attack. On Jan. 28, Christopher M. Miner, 30, and Stephan C. Bolt and Susan V. Patton, both 31, were charged with aggravated battery, battery, mob action, and hate crimes.
  • Reported January 05, 2013
    Legal Developments
    Jackson, Mississippi
    A Mississippi man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime charge in connection with a group of young men and teenagers who carried out racial attacks against African-Americans in 2011. (via http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/03/justice/mississippi-hate-crime/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fedition_us+%28RSS%3A+U.S.%29)
  • Reported January 05, 2013
    Leafletting
    Memphis, Tennessee
    Ku Klux Klan recruiting fliers were left in driveways.
  • Reported January 03, 2013
    Assault
    Land O'Lakes, Florida
    A man was allegedly shot in the face with a pellet gun by another man who asked if the victim was Muslim.
  • Reported January 02, 2013
    Assault
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Atlanta police are investigating whether the 19-year-old man accused of stabbing five people at a New Year's Eve party in the Atlanta neighborhood of Reynoldstown may have been the target of an anti-gay slur during a confrontation at the late-night celebration. (via: http://www.thegavoice.com/news/atlanta-news/5660-new-years-eve-stabbing-provoked-by-anti-gay-slur)
  • Reported January 02, 2013
    Harassment
    Bangor, Maine
    A Bangor man who asked another man if he wanted to join in on “getting” two gay men walking in front of him before showing the man and his girlfriend a knife he was carrying could face more than criminal threatening and trespass charges. Bangor police Officer Richard Polk arrested Ryan David Lane, 19, of Bangor and charged him with carrying a concealed weapon, criminal threatening and terrorizing for his part in a threatening incident on New Year’s Eve in downtown Bangor, according to Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.
  • Reported January 02, 2013
    Vandalism
    East Garden, New York
    A swastika and an anti-Semitic phrase were written in lip balm on a door in a shopping center.
  • Reported December 19, 2012
    Vandalism
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Colorado Springs police are investigating an apparent hate crime. Officers responded to a call at an address near Allegheny Drive and Rockrimmon Boulevard at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday where a Menorah display was spray-painted with a Swastika. Police call the incident a biased, motivated criminal mischief and anti-Semitic crime. Police ask that anyone who has information call 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-7867. Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/police-148678-crime-call.html#ixzz2FhY2pC8X
  • Reported December 19, 2012
    Assault
    Sayreville, New Jersey
    Federal agents on Tuesday arrested a Waretown man and an East Windsor man, both purported to be white supremacists, and charged them with hate crimes in connection with an attack on three Egyptian men in Sayreville. Christopher Ising, 31, of Waretown and Michael Gunar, 27, of East Windsor were picked up by FBI agents after being charged in an indictment handed up by a federal grand jury sitting in Newark. (via http://www.app.com/article/20121218/NJNEWS14/312180103/Waretown-man-charged-hate-crime-Sayreville-attack)
  • Reported December 15, 2012
    Legal Developments
    Upper Ojai, California
    Ventura County sheriff's deputies said they arrested four people Wednesday in connection with hate crimes that occurred three months ago at two campgrounds in Rose Valley. Authorities also arrested a suspect in September, about two weeks after the incident. Deputies said that on Wednesday they arrested Kirk Smets, 19; Andrew Martin, 20; Forrest Darrough, 20, and Mya Braschler, 20. All were from Ventura. Ryan Vanausdell, 37, of Oak View, was arrested Sept. 27, authorities said. Authorities said that while serving a search warrant at Vanausdell's residence in the 90 block of Calle Cinco de Mayo in Oak View, deputies seized two assault weapons, two rifles, two shotguns, one handgun and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Detectives said they also seized a large quantity of illegal ammunition. On Sept. 7, deputies from the Ojai sheriff's station responded to call about an attack at the Middle Lions Campground near Highway 33 in the Upper Ojai area. Sheriff's deputies said several people had been attacked with baseball bats at the campground by people using racial slurs toward the victims and witnesses. One victim suffered a broken arm from the assault. (via http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/13/5-arrested-in-hate-crimes-in-upper-ojai/#ixzz2F2Svw0BI)
  • Reported December 15, 2012
    Vandalism
    Detroit, Michigan
    When Matthew Robb left for work the morning after the presidential election, he found the words "N-word-Lover" and "congrats the N-word won" spray-painted in bold yellow letters across the back and both sides of his orange Chevrolet Colorado LT truck. The incident happened in the secured parking garage at his downtown Detroit apartment building. Video cameras show that a single vandal did the damage between 12:30 and 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 7. "I went into the secured parking garage that requires a key card for access and found racial slurs and racial epithets written all over my truck," Robb said. "I was so happy and excited after the election, and to see this just made my stomach sink," Robb said. The APL teacher said he was still in shock later that day when he told his basic law students and co-workers about the incident. (via http://www.freep.com/article/20121213/FREEPHIGH16/312130043/Teacher-finds-his-truck-painted-with-hate)
  • Reported November 10, 2012
    Vandalism
    Reidsville, North Carolina
    Sheriff Sam Page says graffiti referencing “KKK” was discovered early Wednesday throughout the campus of Rockingham County High School. (via http://myfox8.com/2012/11/07/sheriff-kkk-graffiti-found-at-rockingham-county-high-school/)