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For The Record

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 between July and December 2016.


Birmingham • August 3, 2016

Former Ku Klux Klan member Thomas Edwin Blanton, one of three men convicted for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, was denied parole.


Fort Smith • December 2, 2016

Racist flyers from American Vanguard Reaction America were distributed at the University of Arkansas.


Agoura Hills • October 19, 2016

Mark Feigin, 40, was charged with making criminal threats to the Islamic Center of Southern California. An ensuing investigation of Feigin’s home uncovered several guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Antioch • September 7, 2016

Roy Charles Sorvari, 27, and Christyne Gail McDaniel, 25, face charges of arson and conspiracy to commit murder, mayhem, torture and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails into the home of a black family in Antioch.

Concord • September 30, 2016

The nonprofit Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa was the target of a rash of burglaries and vandalism.

Davis • December 21, 2016

Nathaniel Neal Rogers, 21, faces battery and hate crime charges following an altercation where he “pushed an Asian male and then told him to go back to his country,” according to police.

Fresno • November 30, 2016

Daniel Coronel Wilson, Jr., was charged in Fresno County Superior Court with felony assault in connection with the December 2015 beating of 68-year-old Sikh man Amrik Singh Bal.

Glendale • December 22, 2016

Police investigated a possible hate crime after a family said its home was damaged with a red swastika on the garage door and what appeared to be “Trump” written underneath. A racist note was also left at the home.

Palmdale • July 7, 2016

A swastika and “USA” were spray-painted on a Muslim man’s car on the final day of Ramadan.

Richmond • September 25, 2016

Maan Singh Khalsa, a Sikh, was brutally attacked and his turban was violently knocked off his head. His hair, which Sikhs let grow naturally, was cut. The assault resulted in stitches and other severe injuries. Hate crime charges were filed against two men arrested for the assault.

San Jose • November 26, 2016

The Evergreen Islamic Center received a letter that called the recipients “children of Satan” and “vile and filthy people.” The letter also threatened that President-elect Donald Trump will “do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.” At least two other mosques in Southern California, the Long Beach Islamic Center and the Islamic Center of Claremont, received the same letter.

Simi Valley • December 10, 2016

A 29-year-old man was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and committing a hate crime after allegedly stabbing and injuring a worshipper near a Simi Valley mosque.


East Haddam • November 10, 2016

Vandals sprayed “Trump 2016” over a message of unity sign welcoming all people of color and religions to the community.

Stamford • August 3, 2016

Kendall J. Sulllivan, 50, posted numerous statements on the Internet forum
in which he threatened to injure or kill several people and religious groups.


Fort Pierce • September 14, 2016

The mosque that Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen attended was set on fire in what Muslim leaders say was the latest incident in an escalating campaign of harassment and violence.

Sarasota • December 22, 2016

A Jewish congregation reported that someone had drawn anti-Semitic images on its property.


Rome • July 21, 2016

Police in northwest Georgia say flyers were left in residents’ driveways stating that the Black Lives Matter movement is telling followers to kill white people and police officers. The flyers urged readers to join the Ku Klux Klan.

Woodstock • October 24, 2016

Residents found Ku Klux Klan literature strewn about their driveways. The flyers attacked the transgender population as “an abomination.”


Iowa City • November 16, 2016

An American citizen born in Sudan, Amar Samel, found a handwritten note taped to his front door that read, “You can all go home now. We don’t want n****** and terrorists here. #Trump.”

Waterloo • October 28, 2016

A county supervisor candidate found graffiti on his yard signs and front door referencing anti-LGBT Bible verses and threatening death.


Garden City • October 14, 2016

Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright, and Patrick Eugene Stein face federal charges of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. The men were accused of plotting a bomb attack targeting an apartment complex home to a mosque and many Muslim immigrants from Somalia. The FBI says that as part of this plot, the men conducted surveillance of the complex and other places in southwest Kansas.

Lindsborg • September 3, 2016

The president of Bethany College reported that the school was the target of nearly a dozen racist messages written in chalk on sidewalks around the campus. One of the messages said, “Make Lindsborg white again.”


College Park • December 11, 2016

Flyers linked to American Vanguard, a white supremacist group, were found on the campus of the University of Maryland.

Severna Park • December 6, 2016

Severna Park Middle School administrators closed down a bathroom after finding ink writings containing “a threat to the school and an Islamic reference.”

Wheaton • August 1, 2016

Two transgender women were punched and kicked inside a convenience store. Two suspects, Edras Vasquez, 20, and Carlos Hernandez-Sanez, 18, were being held on bond.


Boston • December 5, 2016

Posters advocating a white supremacist group, American Vanguard, were found on the Emerson College campus. The flyers were placed in public view as part of the group’s “Northern Propaganda Campaign.”

Boston • December 16, 2016

A Suffolk County judge ordered that a Malden man be held on $20,000 bail for after allegedly committing a hate crime by beating a man with a brick.

Cambridge • December 6, 2016

Graffiti containing swastikas and other hate speech was found in three of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School bathrooms.


Grand Rapids • November 21, 2016

A voicemail left at Grand Rapids Church threatened that Trump would “help gays get kicked out of the country along with all the fricken Mexicans that are illegal.” It went on to say “I hope Trump gets ya. Trump Trump Trump.”


Bayonne • October 14, 2016

Police arrested Jonathon Huffey, 20, for spray-painting anti-Muslim messages and the words “Donald Trump” on a Muslim community center. Huffey faces charges of criminal mischief, bias intimidation, and criminal trespass.

Lakewood • August 27, 2016

“Hail Hitler” was scrawled in black paint, along with two swastikas, on a side door to a pre-teen camp.

Maywood • September 20, 2016

Aakash Dalal, 24, of Lodi was charged in a 30-count indictment with a former schoolmate, Anthony Graziano, for their alleged role in a series of arson and graffiti attacks that terrorized North Jersey’s Jewish community at the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012.

Moonachie • December 6, 2016

Police investigated a home break-in as a hate crime due to the graffiti, including “KKK,” a swastika and other racial slurs, that was painted on multiple walls inside the home. The name “Trump” was also written on a wall.


Cooperstown • August 3, 2016

Lawrence Andrew Mileo, 50, a white man from Myrtle Beach, S.C., was arrested for verbally and physically assaulting a 33-year-old African-American woman.

Mineola • December 14, 2016

According to police, graffiti was spray-painted on Washington Avenue reading, “Make America White Again,” presumably a reference to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

New York • September 7, 2016

Jonathan Echevarria, 22, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and Nolis Ogando, 22, of Ridgewood, to eight years behind bars for their part in a fatal group beating of a man they perceived to be gay more than five years ago. The victim died two days later as a result of his injuries.

New York • September 10, 2016

A woman wearing traditional Muslim clothing told police that a man lit her blouse on fire in midtown Manhattan.

New York • December 3, 2016

Native New Yorker, Muslim and police officer, Aml Elsokary, was assaulted by a white man yelling “ISIS b----,” among other slurs, and “I will cut your throat, go back to your country.” The episode is being investigated as a bias incident.

New York • December 7, 2016

Nassau County police are investigating a series of bias incidents at Nassau Community College, all of which involved swastika graffiti.

New York • December 21, 2016

Vandalism inside a Brooklyn wastewater treatment plant included six swastikas, the words “Heil Hitler” and “Trump.”

White Plains • November 14, 2016

The spray-painting of a swastika and the words “white power” along the Bronx River Parkway bike path was being investigated as a hate crime.

Wilton Manors • September 7, 2016

A Florida man who posted a Facebook rant threatening to kill gay people on Labor Day in a manner similar to the massacre at an Orlando nightclub was arrested and charged with a federal crime.


Cary • October 13, 2016

Seven-year-old Pakistani-American Abdul Usmani was beaten by five of his fellow students as they made references to his race and Muslim religion.

Roxboro • December 3, 2106

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a “Trump Victory” event.


Fargo • September 6, 2016

Matthew Gust pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for firebombing a Somali restaurant. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.


Portland • September 21, 2016

An orange swastika was painted on former Portland Mayor Vera Katz’ statue.


Coudersport • September 17, 2016

Residents reported that plastic bags were left on their lawns that contained rocks, lollipops, and a flyer that read, “Are there troubles in your neighborhood? Contact the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today.”

East Stroudsburg • October 30, 2016

State police reported that a church had been targeted with graffiti criticizing Donald Trump and depicting obscene sexual and anti-Semitic images.

Lewisburg • December 5, 2016

A swastika was found carved into a bathroom stall on the Bucknell University campus.

Mechanicsburg • December 20, 2016

Someone carved “KKK” and “Trump” into the vehicles of a Hispanic male and a man of Middle Eastern descent.

Wilkes-Barre Township • October 5, 2016

Plastic bags containing rocks, a lollipop and a Klu Klux Klan recruitment flyers were found on residents’ front lawns.


Charleston • December 15, 2016

Dylann Roof, a self-radicalized white supremacist who killed nine black parishioners in 2015 when he opened fire during a long-planned assault on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was found guilty of several murder charges and hate crimes by a federal jury.

Clemson • October 10, 2016

Clemson University police investigated the discovery of Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers that appeared on the school’s campus.


Sioux Falls • December 7, 2016

Police were searching for the suspect or suspects who wrote “Make America White again — build the wall” on a bridge near a local high school.


College Station • December 13, 2016

Texas A&M University students and activists protested against a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who was filmed at a conference in November using Nazi-like salutes.

Galveston • December 2, 2106

A Muslim-owned business was targeted by vandals and covered in bacon, just days after bacon grease was smeared on its front door handles.

McKinney • November 4, 2016

A Trump campaign sign posted outside of a polling place had razor blades glued to the bottom of it.


Hartford • October 17, 2016

Vandals spray-painted the side of Dothan Brook Elementary School with the words “Amer-KKK-ans for Trump.”


Lynden • December 21, 2016

Skip Edward Saunders, 33, pleaded guilty to a hate crime for sending racial slurs and death threats to a Lummi woman, Sharlaine LaClair, running for the Washington State House of Representatives.

Pullman • November 9, 2016

According to police, a student found anti-LGBT slurs and “Go 2 Hell” written in red paint on his car.


Clarksburg • November 10, 2016

A gay couple received an intimidating and anonymous note that read, “Trump is our president now! Get out of our neighborhood now F*****S!” When the couple called 911, police reportedly failed to respond.