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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  • Reported November 10, 2012
    Legal Developments
    Dallas, Texas
    Six people from the Dallas area were arrested Friday as part of a statewide roundup of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang members that included four top leaders, according to court documents. The six are Rusty Eugene Duke, 31, a.k.a. “Duke”; Kelley Ray Elley, 36, a.k.a. “Magic”; Kenneth Michael Hancock, 32, a.k.a. “Hancock”; Rebecca Johnson Cropp, 44; James Marshall Meldrum, 40, a.k.a. “Dirty”; and Billy Don Seay, 37, a.k.a. “Big Nasty.” They are among 34 alleged members of the prison-based white supremacist gang who were indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. (via http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20121109-six-from-dallas-area-among-those-arrested-in-aryan-brotherhood-sweep.ece)
  • Reported October 31, 2012
    Legal Developments
    Des Moines, Iowa
    A Des Moines woman who claims she was subjected to racial slurs by co-workers, including finding a doll whose face was painted black hanging outside her home with threats to quit her job at Deere & Co., has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company. (via http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-10-31/iowa-woman-sues-deere-alleging-race-discrimination)
  • Reported October 21, 2012
    Leafletting
    Gillette, Wyoming
    Some residents in Gillette found more than a Sunday newspaper in front of their homes this weekend. A 32-year-old man called police around 6 a.m. Sunday to report that he found a plastic bag with a rock and a recruitment flier for the Klu Klux Klan on his driveway. Police Lt. Brent Wasson says officers found the same flier on almost every driveway in two subdivisions. Police did not immediately have a suspect. (via: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/kkk-fliers-left-in-gillette-subdivisions/article_4f56358d-0608-55e0-9cf4-1d2a70623a81.html#ixzz2B4m3m8ED)
  • Reported October 17, 2012
    Assault
    Kamas, Utah
    A Summit County man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting two people after finding them in a same-sex romantic encounter. Summit County deputies say they responded to reports of a fight in Kamas on Wednesday evening. They found three people with cuts and bruises, and ended up arresting 40-year-old Travis Gentry on suspicion of a hate crime assault. (via http://www.standard.net/stories/2012/10/19/man-charged-hate-crime-assaulting-gays-kamas)
  • Reported October 16, 2012
    Vandalism
    Sandusky, Ohio
    Police in northern Ohio say they are investigating racist graffiti scrawled in chalk in front of a college basketball coach's house. Police say vandals wrote "white power" along with a swastika on the sidewalk in front of Bowling Green State University basketball coach Louis Orr's home over the weekend. Orr is black Orr, the team's coach since 2007, declined to comment through a university spokesman who said this is the first time anything like this has happened to the coach since he's been at Bowling Green. A police spokesman said he hopes someone in the community will come forward with information about who did it. (Via Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/college-basketball/racist-graffiti-scrawled-at-ohio-coach-s-house-1.4120138)
  • Reported October 12, 2012
    Assault
    Bay City, Michigan
    A white Bay City man has been charged with committing a hate crime, accused of the racially motivated beating of a black man. Twenty-four-year-old Justin Bouza was due in court Thursday for a preliminary examination to decide if he should stand trial on charges of ethnic intimidation and aggravated assault. The intimidation charge carries up to two years in prison. Mlive.com reports that authorities say Bouza and a 21-year-old man attacked 26-year-old Jeremy Love about 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 12. Police say they found Love lying on the ground, bleeding and groggy. He was treated for a concussion. Witnesses say Bouza and his companion used racial slurs while punching and kicking Love on the ground. Bouza was in jail Thursday, and there's no phone listing for him. From: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121011/METRO/210110479#ixzz295nhBJYr
  • Reported October 11, 2012
    Assault
    Reno, Nevada
    Authorities in Reno, Nev., are investigating a possible hate crime where a man allegedly attacked a woman and stabbed her male friend on the streets of downtown Reno on Thursday because she is a lesbian, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. For more information: http://www.edgeonthenet.com/news/crime/news/138071/police_call_reno,_nev,_street_attack,_stabbing_a_hate_crime (Via edgeonthenet.com)
  • Reported October 11, 2012
    Assault
    Memphis, Tennessee
    A woman claiming to be a 'Sovereign Citizen' was arrested after she refused to exit her vehicle during a traffic stop and drove away, hitting two Memphis officers in the process. From: http://www.abc24.com/news/local/story/Sovereign-Citizen-Refuses-Traffic-Stop-Hits/XDLO6lqd70eW3dOd6cA5_A.cspx
  • Reported October 08, 2012
    Arson
    Arlington, Texas
    A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted four teens accused of writing anti-gay slurs and other vulgar messages on vehicles and homes in an Arlington neighborhood. The June 10 case involved at least 13 criminal mischief incidents near the 1100 block of Crowley Road in Arlington. Grand jurors returned the indictments of graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 against John Austin Cartwright, 17, of Arlington; Daniel Damian Sibley, 18, of Fort Worth; Seth Stephen Hatcher, 18, of Arlington; and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, of Arlington. The charge is a state jail felony. Trials are now pending for the four teens, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. A fifth teen, a 16-year-old girl, surrendered to authorities in late June and was turned over to Tarrant County juvenile authorities. She is not being identified because she is a juvenile. The status of the juvenile charges against her was unavailable on Monday. Home surveillance cameras caught the teens in the act, Arlington police have said. Police are treating the case as a hate crime. Via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/01/4302027/teens-accused-of-writing-anti.html#storylink=cpy
  • Reported October 03, 2012
    Vandalism
    Wynne, Arkansas
    The Wynne School Board has expelled two junior varsity football players who were accused of placing a noose around the neck of a black student. The board met in executive session Wednesday and decided to expel the two students for the rest of the semester. The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://is.gd/IAiVeH ) that it's a lesser punishment that the one recommended by Superintendent Carl Easley, who supported expulsion for the rest of the school year. Few details have been released about the alleged incident. Family members have said the white students placed a noose around the 14-year-old black student's neck, but authorities have not confirmed that account. More than 150 people attended the hearing. Many were angered by the board's decision, and Wynne police were called in to calm the crowd. Via SFGate.com: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Wynne-school-board-expels-2-after-investigation-3918784.php#ixzz28irQlMgI
  • Reported September 26, 2012
    Legal Developments
    Tehama, California
    Nicolas Brendon Madison, 21, was arrested on charges of suspicion of a hate crime and gang participation after he allegedly threatened a store clerk and made racist statements.
  • Reported September 26, 2012
    Legal Developments
    Bangor, Maine
    Three teens were arrested for spray-painting swastikas and anti- Semitic graffiti on two synagogues on Sept. 21. Two of the teens face felony aggravated criminal mischief charges and the other youth was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief/vandalism.
  • Reported September 24, 2012
    Vandalism
    Buffalo, Minnesota
    Wade Murray, 30, was charged with felony vandalism for allegedly throwing rocks and leaving anti-gay posters at four churches.
  • Reported September 22, 2012
    Vandalism
    Marietta, Ohio
    A swastika and the letters `KKK` were spray-painted in a parking lot.
  • Reported September 21, 2012
    Vandalism
    Bangor, Maine
    Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were spray-painted on two synagogues.
  • Reported September 21, 2012
    Vandalism
    Bay Shore, New York
    Anti-Muslim epithets were spray- painted on a mosque.
  • Reported September 21, 2012
    Assault
    Fort Worth, Texas
    "Earnest Lackey boasted that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. But Ronnie Freeman Jr. didn't believe Lackey, and he made the 34-year-old Burleson man pay for it, Tarrant County sheriff's investigators say. In July, Lackey was choked, kicked, hog-tied with a yellow cord, beaten and sexually tortured with a soldering iron by Freeman and two other men who also claim membership in the white supremacist gang, according to arrest warrant affidavits obtained by Star-Telegram on Tuesday." -Via the Fort Worth Star Telegram
  • Reported September 17, 2012
    Assault
    New York, New York
    A man who was with his transgendered girlfriend was allegedly attacked by another man who used anti-gay slurs. Keith Patron, 44, was charged with assault as a hate crime.