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 195,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2011 Bureau of Justice Statistics report estimated occurred annually between 2003 and 2009. This listing carries a selection of incidents from the fourth quarter of 2012. Any additional listings can be found on the Intelligence Project’s website.
Phoenix • Nov. 9, 2012
A local DJ who is also a gay activist was assaulted by two men outside a bar. Jermon Barnes, 22, and Ernie Barnes, 24, face aggravated assault charges.
Harrison • Oct. 27, 2012
The Imperial White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers.
Maumelle • Dec. 3, 2012
White supremacist graffiti, including a swastika, the letters “KKK” and SS lightning bolts, was spray-painted on a predominantly black church.
Davis • Nov. 1, 2012
The letters “KKK” were carved into the hood of a truck.
East Valinda • Oct. 3, 2012
Desi Marentes, 34, was sentenced to death for the 2006 shooting death of a black man, Eric Buckley. The murder was gang-related and Buckely was targeted because of his race.
Huntington Beach • Dec. 24, 2012
Nazi symbols and slogans were written on two Nativity scenes.
Long Beach • Nov. 12, 2012
Swastikas and the word “Nazi” were spray-painted on a temple.
Los Angeles • Dec. 15, 2012
A man allegedly yelled racial slurs, punched a restaurant manager and threatened him with a knife. Kenneth Underwood was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.
Los Angeles • Dec. 19, 2012
Wan Ryung Song, 46, was charged with four counts of making a bomb threat and one count of vandalism after he allegedly called in a phony bomb threat against a Jewish temple and a nearby police car and wrote anti-Semitic remarks and a swastika on a temple on Dec. 6.
Santa Rosa • Oct. 25, 2012
Aaron Weich, 26, and Salvatore Bordessa, 32, were arrested on charges that included assault with a deadly weapon, two gang enhancements, terrorist threats, dissuading a witness and a hate crime for allegedly yelling “white pride” and the name of a local gang with reported white supremacist beliefs before attacking two black men and stabbing one of them on Aug. 26.
Ventura • Dec. 12, 2012
Four people were arrested in connection with a Sept. 7 incident where several people were allegedly attacked at a campground by people wielding baseball bats and yelling racial slurs. Later the same night the same group of people allegedly attacked and yelled racial slurs at several Latino hunters in the area. Kirk Smets, 19, and Andrew Martin, Forrest Darrough and Mya Braschler, all 20, were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and violation of civil rights by force or fear. A fifth person, Ryan Vanausdell, 37, was arrested on Sept. 27 on several charges that included possession of firearms by a felon and possession of bullets containing an explosive agent.
Yreka • Oct. 9, 2012
David James Sabatinos, 31, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for screaming racial epithets while attacking an elderly black man in August.
Colorado Springs • Dec. 18, 2012
A swastika was spray-painted on a menorah display at a residence.
West Hartford • Oct. 16, 2012
Five lesbians were allegedly attacked in a restaurant by a man who yelled anti-gay epithets after they spurned his advances. Matthew Parry, 24, was charged with assault and hate crimes.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington • Oct. 27, 2012
A gay Latino man was allegedly beaten outside his apartment by a group of men who yelled anti-gay and anti-Latino slurs.
Key West • Nov. 10, 2012
Two gay men were allegedly attacked by a man who called the couple an anti-gay epithet.
Lakeland • Nov. 20, 2012
A man sitting in a park was allegedly attacked by two teens who called him an anti-gay epithet. Iquan J. Isaac, 18, was charged with a hate crime.
Miami Beach • Dec. 1, 2012
Anti-Semitic graffiti was written in front of a Hanukkah display at a Chabad House.
Palm Bay • Nov. 4, 2012
Sandra and Sondra Karwel, 53-year-old twins, were charged with felony battery for allegedly yelling racial slurs while attacking their black neighbor and her 10-year-old son.
Wellington • Nov. 2, 2012
A swastika and anti-Semitic epithets were spray-painted on a Dumpster outside a temple.
Atlanta • Oct. 1, 2012
Hate fliers from Tony Alamo Ministries were left on cars in a neighborhood.
Blairsville • Oct. 6, 2012
Between 15 and 20 members of the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a rally.
Chicago • Oct. 1, 2012
Swastikas were spray-painted on a restaurant.
Woodbridge • Dec. 6, 2012
Ali Akel, 34, pled guilty to aggravated battery and a felony hate crime charge for yelling racial slurs while beating and spitting on a black man at a gas station in 2011. Akel was sentenced to two years of probation and a year of periodic imprisonment.
Pineville • Dec. 17, 2012
The letters “KKK” were painted on stop signs in a neighborhood.
Grindstone • Oct. 13, 2012
Anti-gay slurs were found spray-painted on a shed in front of a cabin that was set afire.
Westminster • Dec. 23, 2012
Two teens were charged with second-degree malicious burning, racial or religious harassment and malicious destruction of property after allegedly burning a cross in the driveway of a home.
Norton • Nov. 11, 2012
Anti-Semitic graffiti was written on a resident’s door at an on-campus residence at Wheaton College.
Detroit • Nov. 7, 2012
Racial epithets that included comments about President Barack Obama’s re-election were spray-painted on a teacher’s truck at his residence.
Mount Clemens • Nov. 6, 2012
Racist graffiti was spray-painted on a church that served as a polling place during the presidential election.
Bemidji • Oct. 1, 2012
Derek Daniel Barnes, 20, was sentenced to 21 months in jail for burning a cross in the yard of a woman with two biracial daughters. Barnes pleaded guilty to felony stalking in August.
Excelsior Estates • Nov. 2, 2012
An anti-Semitic message was spray-painted on a Jewish man’s house.
Richmond Heights • Nov. 4, 2012
The letters “KKK” were written on homes and cars in a neighborhood.
Sicklerville • Oct. 1, 2012
Fliers from the white nationalist Advanced White Society were left at black residents’ mailboxes.
Brooklyn • Oct. 7, 2012
Anti-Muslim graffiti was spray-painted on a bagel shop.
Greenlawn • Nov. 24, 2012
Two employees at a pizza restaurant allegedly yelled racial slurs at a black couple and threw salt and pepper shakers at them. Brothers Frank and Michael Meringolo were charged with assault.
New City • Oct. 1, 2012
A swastika was found spray-painted near the home of a Jewish activist.
New York • Nov. 18, 2012
An Asian man was allegedly stabbed outside a mosque by a Latino man who reportedly made anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic remarks.
Poughkeepsie • Oct. 25, 2012
Guy Pendleton Jr., 43, was convicted of assault as a hate crime and third-degree possession of a weapon for attacking a black man with a hammer while yelling racial slurs at the man and his Latino friend. Pendleton was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus five years’ post-release supervision for the assault charge and seven years in prison for the weapons charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Queens • Nov. 24, 2012
An elderly man was allegedly beaten by two Latino teens who asked if he was Hindu or Muslim.
Riverhead • Dec. 14, 2012
Brian J. Karris, 36, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree assault as a hate crime for beating a mentally disabled black man in 2010.
Staten Island • Dec. 14, 2012
Luke Terranova, 29, was charged with damaging church property because of its religious affiliation after he allegedly smashed statues inside a Catholic church and shouted anti-Catholic statements.
Wilton • Nov. 7, 2012
Two boys, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old, were charged with second-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime for allegedly etching anti-Semitic messages and symbols into a car.
Charlotte • Nov. 10, 2012
About 40 members of the National Socialist Movement held a rally.
Charlotte • Dec. 3, 2012
A noose was found at a high school.
Reidsville • Nov. 7, 2012
The letters “KKK” and profanities were painted on the windows of a high school and the sidewalk and posts around it.
Bowling Green • Oct. 14, 2012
The words “white power” and a swastika were scrawled in chalk outside the residence of a college basketball coach who is black.
Edmond • Oct. 10, 2012
James Brian Roper pled no contest to a hate crime for punching a black teen while using racial slurs. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
Oklahoma City • Dec. 27, 2012
A cross was burned in a man’s yard. Joshua Scott Brown, 37, was charged with third-degree arson, endangering human life during arson, burning a cross and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
McKees Rocks • Oct. 10, 2012
A rug business was set ablaze and spray-painted with anti-Muslim graffiti.
Johnsonville • Nov. 13, 2012
Chase McClary, 24, was sentenced to four years in prison and three years’ supervised release after pleading guilty in June to the hate crime assault of a black teen in 2010.
West Ashley • Oct. 26, 2012
Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left on lawns and driveways in several neighborhoods.
Gallatin • Oct. 29, 2012
A racist sticker was placed on the window of the county’s Democratic Party office.
Allen • Oct. 1, 2012
Swastikas, the words “white power” and a racial slur were spray-painted on an abandoned house.
Austin • Oct. 20, 2012
Swastikas were carved into two dorm rooms near the University of Texas campus.
Clarendon • Oct. 1, 2012
The words “leave or die fags” were painted on a gay couple’s front porch.
Cypress • Dec. 4, 2012
A slain pig was left outside an Islamic outreach center.
Reno • Oct. 30, 2012
A gay man at a party was allegedly stabbed with a broken beer bottle and then thrown onto a fire by four men who yelled anti-gay slurs.
Kamas • Oct. 16, 2012
A man was charged with suspicion of assault with a hate crime enhancement for allegedly assaulting two of his neighbors and calling them anti-gay slurs after he reportedly found them in a non-sexual “romantic encounter” in his utility shed.
Waynesboro • Nov. 14, 2012
Racial epithets were spray-painted on a residence.
Auburn • Oct. 17, 2012
A Sikh cab driver was allegedly attacked by a man who shouted anti-Muslim slurs. Jamie Larson, 48, was charged with malicious harassment.
Martinsburg • Oct. 19, 2012
The letters “KKK,” swastikas and an apparent threat were spray-painted on a black couple’s car at their residence.
Baldwin • Dec. 14, 2012
A ninth-grade boy was suspended from school for placing a small noose and a KKK symbol on the desk of one of only three black students at the local high school.
Gillette • Oct. 21, 2012
Ku Klux Klan fliers were left at residences in two subdivisions.