A sampling of hate crimes and hate group activities is summarized in state-by-state listings.
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 almost 260,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2012 Bureau of Justice Statistics report estimated occur annually. This listing carries a selection of incidents from the fourth quarter of 2013. Any additional listings can be found on the Intelligence Project’s website: splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-incidents.
Montgomery • Dec. 6, 2013
Alleged former Klansman Thomas Windell Smith, 24, pleaded 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.
Moreno Valley • Oct. 15, 2013
A racial epithet was scratched on a woman’s vehicle.
Seal Beach • Oct. 29, 2013
Swastikas and other graffiti were spray-painted on the window of a spa and on a nearby sidewalk.
Turlock • Dec. 23, 2013
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.
Miami Beach • Dec. 3, 2013
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.
New Smyrna Beach • Nov. 11, 2013
Ku Klux Klan fliers were distributed in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods.
Tampa • Nov. 1, 2013
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.
Mokena • Oct. 29, 2013
Richard M. Cyplik, 28, pleaded guilty to a hate crime for threatening his black former neighbors in June, calling them racial epithets and vandalizing their residence and vehicles. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service and ordered to undergo anger management counseling and diversity training.
Tinley Park • Dec. 23, 2013
Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left at residences in a neighborhood.
New Orleans • Oct. 30, 2013
Jamie Hebert, 20, pleaded 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.
Kansas City • Nov. 9, 2013
Members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement held a rally.
Lebanon • Oct. 10, 2013
Fliers from the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in driveways in a neighborhood.
Concord • Oct. 23, 2013
Raymond Stevens, 42, was indicted on a felony charge of criminal mischief for allegedly writing racist graffiti on the residences of several African refugee families.
Leith • Nov. 16, 2013
White supremacists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton were arrested on seven counts of terrorizing after they allegedly confronted residents with a rifle and a shotgun.
Hillsboro • Oct. 2, 2013
Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left on the windshields of cars that were parked downtown.
Gettysburg • Nov. 9, 2013
Members of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a rally at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Philadelphia • Oct. 19, 2013
About 40 white supremacists attended a rally to celebrate Leif Erikson Day. Groups represented included the Keystone State Skinheads, which sponsored the event; the Vinlanders Social Club; the Advanced White Society; the Blood & Honour Social Club; and the Traditionalist Youth Network.
State College • Nov. 8, 2013
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.
Memphis • Dec. 9, 2013
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 a security guard.
Murfreesboro • Oct. 16, 2013
A swastika and the letters “KKK” were drawn on a man’s door and on a stool on his porch.
Roanoke • Nov. 1, 2013
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.
Parkersburg • Oct. 10, 2013
Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were distributed in a neighborhood.
Madison • Oct. 26, 2013
Dylan Grall, 23, was arrested on battery and hate crime charges for allegedly punching two men who were speaking Hebrew. Grail allegedly thought the men were speaking Spanish and yelled at them to speak English.