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This listing carries a selection of hate incidents from the first four months of 2015. Any additional listings can be found on the Intelligence Project’s website.

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 first four months of 2015. Any additional listings can be found on the Intelligence Project’s website.

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ALABAMA

Montgomery · March 8, 2015
Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were distributed to homes.

Selma · March 8, 2015
Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were distributed to homes.

CALIFORNIA                                                                                     

Loma Rica · April 30, 2015
Benjamin F. Rorie, 37, pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges with hate crime enhancements for allegedly using racial slurs while beating a black man with a pipe on April 18.

San Francisco · April 23, 2015
A homeless Latino man was beaten with a metal baseball bat by a white man yelling racial slurs.

Santa Barbara · Feb. 24, 2015
Ryan Zietlow-Brown, 28, an admitted skinhead, was sentenced to 22 years and 4 months in prison for the 2011 stabbing of a black man several times in the forehead with scissors.

CONNECTICUT

Bristol · Jan. 6, 2015
William E. Dodge, 51, former Grand Dragon of the Unified Ku Klux Klan of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, was arrested for allegedly trying to assault two police officers who pulled him over for several motor vehicle violations.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington · Jan. 9, 2015
Reginald Klaiber, 25, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon with a hate crime enhancement for stabbing a 15-year-old transgender girl on a Metro train in July. He was sentenced on March 11 to more than four years in prison.

FLORIDA

Columbia County · April 2, 2015
Thomas Jordan Driver, 25; David Elliot Moran, 47; and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 42, all members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, were arrested in an alleged conspiracy to kill a black former inmate. All of the men were either current or former employees of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Melbourne · Feb. 17, 2015
A church was set afire and spray-painted with “Allahu Akbar,” which means “Our God is great,” in Arabic, and a swastika with the words “We see u.”

IOWA

Council Bluffs · Jan. 16, 2015
A racial slur was spray-painted on the garage of a home which was set on fire. The homeowner has a biracial daughter and grandson living with her.

Des Moines · April 9, 2015
Eric Reece Wiethorn, 49, was charged with first-degree harassment for sending hate mail containing a suspicious powder and slurs directed at members of the LGBT community to a gay bar in late March.

KANSAS

Olathe · March 27, 2015
White supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, pleaded not guilty to charges that he shot and killed three people last year at Jewish institutions in Overland Park.

MISSISSIPPI

Jackson · Jan. 7, 2015
John Louis Blalack, 20, and Robert Henry Rice, 24, pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges for their roles in a series of assaults on African Americans based on their race in Jackson in the spring of 2011. Deryl Dedmon, 22, was sentenced to 50 years, John Rice, 21, was sentenced to 18-1/2 years, and Dylan Butler, 23, received a seven-year sentence for their roles in the beating death of James Anderson.

Oxford · March 27, 2015
Graeme Phillip Harris, a student at the University of Mississippi, was charged with conspiring to violate civil rights and of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students after he put a noose on the James Meredith statue on campus in February 2014.

MISSOURI

Springfield · Feb. 13, 2015
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.

St. Louis · April 25, 2015
Approximately 10 people attended a neo-Nazi rally sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ Christian - Aryan Nations.

NEW JERSEY

Middlesex County · April 1, 2015
Chaka Castro, aka Catina Dennings, 39; Juan Olaya, 34; Octavius Scott, 22; Johnisha Williams, 19;  Justin Johnson, 25; and Jakeyra Augustus, 21, were charged with robbery, burglary and conspiracy to commit bias intimidation for selecting five Indian-American families to hold at gunpoint while their homes were ransacked between Oct. 20 and Nov. 29.

NEW YORK

New York · March 12, 2015
A man was slashed across the throat by a stranger who yelled in Spanish, “I’m going to kill you, white boy.”

New York · March 13, 2015
Erika Menendez, 33, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and faces 22 to 25 years in prison for shoving an Indian immigrant who was Hindu to his death in front of a subway train.

NORTH CAROLINA

Rockingham County · Jan. 17, 2015
Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in driveways in Eden and Reidsville.

OHIO

Harrison Township · Jan. 30, 2015
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.

Toledo · April 18, 2015
Approximately 30 members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement held a rally.

OKLAHOMA

Pryor · Jan. 19, 2015
Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Klu Klux Klan were distributed in a neighborhood.

VIRGINIA

Farmville · Jan. 8, 2015
Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left on doorsteps.

Mechanicsville · Jan. 18, 2015
Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in driveways.

WASHINGTON

Millwood · Feb. 28, 2015
Fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in driveways.

Spokane · Feb. 25, 2015
A package of racist, threatening literature was sent to the president of the local chapter of the NAACP.

WISCONSIN

Madison · Feb. 14, 2015
At least 30 homes were vandalized, some with anti-Semitic slurs and swastikas.