January 31, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--White supremacists and other domestic extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies. A striking reference to that conclusion, notable for its confidence and the policy prescriptions that accompany it, appears in a classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide from April 2015, obtained by The Intercept. “Federal law enforcement agencies in general — the FBI, the Marshals, the ATF — are aware that extremists have infiltrated state and local law enforcement agencies and that there are people in law enforcement agencies that may be sympathetic to these groups,” said Daryl Johnson, who was the lead researcher on th  

January 30, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--Most Americans don't actually know any Muslims -- at least, not personally. More than 6 in 10 have seldom or never had a conversation with a Muslim, according to a study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. Most Americans also say they know little (57%) or nothing at all (26%) about Islam. Those numbers have barely budged in 30 years, even after 9/11, two American-led wars in Muslim-majority countries, local and national outreach campaigns by Muslim mosques and organizations, dozens of terrorist attacks worldwide, high-profile congressional hearings and copious media coverage of Islam. All of which suggests that Americans are not just widely ignorant abou  

January 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Extremism

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, [CN]--Quebec City police say six people are dead and eight are injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a mosque during evening prayers. Dozens of people were believed to be at the mosque at the time of the shooting. Two men were arrested after the shooting, the AP reported, citing police, but one was later released after police determined he was not involved in the shooting. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard termed the act “barbaric violence.” The lone gunman opened fire in the men's section of the mosque. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting a "terrorist attack on Muslims." “While authorities are still investigating and details con  

January 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

CORPUS CHRISTI, [TX]--For members of the Islamic Society of Southern Texas, a mosque fire in Victoria "hit too close to home." "A mosque in a Muslim community ... it's literally the heart of our community," said Fiona Tagari, a member of the Corpus Christi mosque. "A lot of us are immigrants. We don't have families here, so it's where we make our families. Congregants become extended families." Local members, including Dr. Samer Jifi Bahlool, traveled back and forth to the site of the Victoria Islamic Center on Saturday and again Sunday after news broke an early morning fire destroyed the mosque. The cause of the mosque fire is unknown and being investigated by the Victoria Fire Marshal's Of  

January 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

MADISON, [WI]--A University of Wisconsin-Madison student who once served prison time for setting fires at two predominantly black churches is recruiting on campus for a local chapter of a national pro-white party, enraging students searching for ways to improve race relations. Daniel Dropik, 33, said frustration over the Black Lives Matter movement's presence on campus and university courses examining white and male privilege led him to start a local chapter of the American Freedom Party. The American Freedom Party is a political party with deep ties to white supremacism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. Dropik's recruiting comes as minorities have been  

January 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Militia Movement

EUGENE, [OR]--An Oregon man with ties to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a machine gun. Michael Ray Emry, 54, pleaded guilty on Monday. His sentencing is scheduled for April 3rd. The ATF says the M2 machine gun Emry possessed was capable of firing 550 to 650 rounds per minute. Emry admitted that he took the gun from a shop where he works in Idaho. Emry says the owner of the shop didn't know that he had taken the weapon. Emry described himself as an "embedded reporter" during the refuge takeover one year ago. He was not indicted for his role in the occupation and the weapons charge was not connected to the incident. View  

January 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

MADISON, [WI]--A University of Wisconsin-Madison student whose attempts to burn down two African American churches stemmed from what a judge called "deep psychological and psychiatric problems," wants to start a local chapter of a self-proclaimed white nationalist party. Daniel Dropik, 33, formerly of Oconomowoc, is recruiting on campus for a Madison chapter of the American Freedom Party, which says it, "represents the interests and issues of European-Americans." According to court records, Dropik admitted setting fire to Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church, 2401 N. 10th St. in Milwaukee and Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lansing, Mich., by pouring gasoline onto the churche  

January 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

AURORA, [CO]--Aurora police are investigating a bias-motivated crime after two threatening notes were found at an Aurora community center. Police say the case is a “priority.” Since 2014, the Mango House has helped refugees with medical and dental care, as well as citizenship classes. On Thursday morning, two types notes were discovered on its property -- one in the parking lot, the other in a stairwell. The typewritten notes read, “We’re gonna blow up all of you refugees.” Many of the people who get assistance at Mango House have fled from strife and civil war. Moving away from their homeland wasn't necessarily a part of their life plan. View More>>  

January 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

WOODLAND, [CA]--A burglary, attempted arson and hate crime has drawn swift reaction from a Woodland city councilman and others. Fourth District Councilman Enrique Fernandez said he was “sickened by the hateful and vitriolic acts of intolerance that took place this weekend at Quizno’s. “The owner, a man of the Sikh faith, informed me that his restaurant had been broken into and heinously vandalized,” stated Fernandez in a Facebook post. “The culprit(s) then attempted to start a fire in the kitchen. Such abhorrent and offensive abuse should never have to be endured by anyone in our community!” Police learned of the incident around 10 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the scene   

January 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

WOODLAND, [CA]--A burglary, attempted arson and hate crime has drawn swift reaction from a Woodland city councilman and others. Fourth District Councilman Enrique Fernandez said he was “sickened by the hateful and vitriolic acts of intolerance that took place this weekend at Quizno’s. “The owner, a man of the Sikh faith, informed me that his restaurant had been broken into and heinously vandalized,” stated Fernandez in a Facebook post. “The culprit(s) then attempted to start a fire in the kitchen. Such abhorrent and offensive abuse should never have to be endured by anyone in our community!” Others responding to Fernandez, such as Noel Rodriguez, responded that Woodland civic lea