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 February 15, 2015
    Vandalism
    Warwick, Rhode Island
    Anti-Muslim messages, including “Now this is a hate crime” and “pigs” and other expletives referencing Muhammad, were spray-painted on the Islamic School of Rhode Island.
  • Reported February 15, 2015
    Vandalism
    Madison, Wisconsin
    At least 30 homes were vandalized, some with anti-Semitic slurs and swastikas.
  • Reported February 14, 2015
    Threat
    Springfield, Missouri
    Aaron Williams, 23, and Austin Pierce, 35, were charged with attempted burglary and property damage motivated by discrimination under the state's hate crimes law for allegedly threatening to kill a black woman and her four children at the family’s home.
  • Reported February 12, 2015
    Vandalism
    Waterloo, Iowa
    Dayln Cornelius Harrington, 21, and Andy Lee Little, 36, were arrested for first-degree criminal mischief for vandalizing the car of a Bosnian man because of the man’s ethnicity.
  • Reported February 08, 2015
    Leafletting
    North Fort Myers, Florida
    Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in driveways.
  • Reported February 07, 2015
    Cross Burnings
    Montgomery, Alabama
    Pamela Morris, 47, former secretary of the Ozark chapter of the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release for committing perjury during a federal grand jury’s investigation into a racially motivated cross-burning committed by her son in 2009, Steven Joshua Dinkle, local leader of the same KKK chapter.
  • Reported February 05, 2015
    Harassment
    New York, New York
    Salvatore Catalano, 18, was charged with aggravated second-degree harassment with a hate crime attachment for allegedly throwing eggs from his SUV and shouting religious slurs at three victims wearing traditional Orthodox Jewish clothing.
  • Reported February 04, 2015
    Assault
    Spokane, Washington
    Adam R. Flippen, 45, and Marc A. Fessler, 42, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a transgender woman on Jan. 30.
  • Reported February 02, 2015
    Vandalism
    Rock Hill, South Carolina
    Racial slurs were painted on a large rock in front of a high school.
  • Reported January 31, 2015
    Intimidation
    Harrison Township, Ohio
    Aaron Johnson, a 28-year-old black man, was indicted on four counts of ethnic intimidation for allegedly making repeated threats about killing police, especially “white cops,” in 911 calls.
  • Reported January 29, 2015
    Assault
    Maryville, Missouri
    Tommy Gaa, a 65-year-old white man, was charged with felony assault motivated by discrimination after he allegedly assaulted a black restaurant cashier and made threatening racist remarks.
  • Reported January 29, 2015
    Harassment
    Rapid City, South Dakota
    Students from a kindergarten through eighth grade school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were sprayed with beer and taunted with racial slurs and told to "go back to the reservation" by drunken spectators sitting in a skybox.
  • Reported January 27, 2015
    Assault
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    John Charles Kuwalik, a 52-year-old white man, was charged with ethnic intimidation and assault after a traffic dispute turned into an attack on a black woman because of her race.
  • Reported January 27, 2015
    Threat
    Seattle, Washington
    A man was arrested after threatening to stab three men walking together, yelling slurs about their sexual orientation, and then chasing them with a knife.
  • Reported January 25, 2015
    Assault
    DeKalb, Illinois
    Joan S. Galindo, 34, was charged with home invasion, a hate crime, criminal trespass to property and battery after allegedly barging into a private party, screaming obscenities, and then hitting a man in the face while yelling a racial slur.
  • Reported January 24, 2015
    Vandalism
    Davis, California
    Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity house at UC Davis and the Hillel House, a Jewish group.
  • Reported January 24, 2015
    Vandalism
    Morgan Hill, California
    Racist graffiti was spray-painted on an elementary school and a nearby house.
  • Reported January 22, 2015
    Harassment
    Smyrna, Delaware
    Daniel R. Lawrence, 30, was charged with a hate crime, terroristic threatening and harassment for allegedly leaving a threatening phone message with racial slurs on a resident’s voice mail.