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 quarter of 2017.
Los Angeles • February 10, 2017
When employees and volunteers of the Los Angeles LGBT Center arrived for work they found anti-LGBT slurs spray-painted across the entire side of one wall of the facility in Hollywood.
Grand Junction • February 14, 2017
A national campaign to recruit members to the Ku Klux Klan reached Grand Junction, with fliers distributed in at least three neighborhoods during the week of Valentine’s Day. The fliers advised people to “love your own RACE,” and to “stop homosexuality & race mixing.”
Key West • February 23, 2017
Calling them gay slurs and taunting, “You live in Trump country now,” a drunken scooter rider attacked two Key West men who were on bicycles riding home, police said. Kevin Seymour, 38, and Kevin Paul Taylor, 49, said it was a drunken tourist who followed them as they rode south on Duval Street “calling us faggots and a slew of other anti-gay remarks,” according to a police report.
Miami Beach • February 26, 2017
Miami Beach detectives investigated after several people discovered their cars had swastikas etched on them.
Miami Beach • May 5, 2017
Kenneth Wilcox, 45, was reportedly walking his dog around 5 p.m. when he was harassed by two men, one of whom said “you’re a fucking faggot.” After the first slur, Wilcox told police that one of his attackers seized him from behind and began punching him in the face and on his body. Wilcox said he also heard one of his attackers say that “all faggots need to die and we’re going to make sure they do.”
Miami Shores • April 21, 2017
A trans woman of color, Chay Reed, 28, was fatally shot in West Little River as she ran from her attacker. Reed was the ninth transgender woman to be murdered in the United States in 2017.
Thonotosassa • February 24, 2017
An intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at the Islamic Society of New Tampa mosque, investigators said. No one was at the mosque when the fire started.
Honolulu • February 27, 2017
Police investigated a terroristic phone threat that prompted an evacuation at Temple Emanu-El’s preschool.
Boise • May 31, 2017
Kelly Schneider, 23, was sentenced in federal court to 28 years in prison, in connection with last year’s death of a gay man, Steven Nelson. Schneider admitted he lured Nelson to a remote area and kicked him to death with steel-toed boots.
Garden City • March 16, 2017
A revised indictment in Wichita accused Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen of plotting for months last year to “injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate” Somalis who lived at a Garden City apartment complex.
Bossier City • February 15, 2017
Louisiana police investigated an anti-Muslim flier pasted onto a sign in front of a mosque. The letter-sized flier read “Imagine a Muslim-free America.” A second flier reading “What made America great: Blood and Soil” had also been stuck onto the brick sign.
New Orleans • March 12, 2017
A stained-glass window at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans was partially shattered by a brick after First Unitarian hosted a well attended and well-publicized town hall meeting on violence against transgender people in the New Orleans area.
Amherst • February 26, 2017
The University of Massachusetts reported recruitment fliers for Identity Evropa disparaging immigrants and minorities were posted across its Boston campus.
Ann Arbor • February 9, 2017
Two University of Michigan students claim they saw three men urinate on Muslim prayer rugs in a “reflection room” at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library on the Ann Arbor campus.
Minneapolis • March 30, 2017
Kelvin Porter was charged with second-degree assault after authorities say he lunged at another man, slashed him multiple times with a knife and bit his face, later telling police he “hates Muslims.” Porter told officers on his way to jail that he “tried to stab the Somalian in the neck” and that he was trying to kill him.
Belgrade • February 11, 2017
Frank Ancona, self-professed leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was found dead on the banks of the Big River near Belgrade, Missouri, in Washington County. Ancona died from a gunshot wound to the head. His wife and stepson were later charged with his murder.
New Brunswick • February 14, 2017
Increased security was requested for Muslim students at Rutgers University after a poster calling for a “Muslim-Free America” was found on a campus building used by Muslim students for prayers and programs.
Santa Fe • April 2, 2017
Santa Fe Public Library workers told police a man and woman who had been causing trouble at the south-side branch may have urinated on three copies of the Koran and damaged former President Bill Clinton’s 2004 autobiography, My Life.
Philadelphia • February 25, 2017
Philadelphia police estimate 75 to 100 headstones were toppled at Mount Carmel Cemetery, though people who visited the cemetery said the number is much higher.
Mill Run • April 13, 2017
Franklin Davis Roadman was arrested on charges of ethnic intimidation for threatening a black man who was delivering a set of bunk beds to his trailer. Roadman, who has a lengthy criminal history and was in possession of a cache of weapons, threatened to shoot and stab the man.
Providence • February 18, 2017
A swastika drawn in human feces was found in a gender-neutral bathroom in a Rhode Island School of Design dormitory, “RISD public safety is investigating this isolated incident as both an act of vandalism and potentially a crime of hate,” wrote Jaime Marland, director of public relations at RISD, in an email to multiple news outlets at the time.
Milwaukee • April 13, 2017
A Muslim woman was attacked by a stranger who tried to tear off her hijab, stabbed her and beat her when she resisted. The anonymous victim was treated at the hospital after the assault, which took place as she walked home from morning prayers.