February 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

OLATHE, [KS]--The man accused of shooting two technology workers from India and another man at a bar in Kansas last week had his first court appearance on Monday in a high-profile case that is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Adam Purinton, 51, faces one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of attempted first-degree murder in last Wednesday's shooting in Olathe that killed one person and injured two others. The incident has raised worries among Indians and other communities about possible violence against foreign workers in the United States. A motive has not yet been established, and the FBI is looking into the case to determine whether the shootings would be consider  

February 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

OLATHE, [KS]--A national terrorism expert said Tuesday that federal authorities are following the right path by investigating the Olathe shooting as a hate crime, but he said last week’s deadly attack does not appear to be an act of domestic terrorism. “I would shy away from terrorism, because you’ve got to have more of a social or political objective behind doing it,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst with the Department of Homeland Security. “The FBI defines terrorism very specifically, and that is the big question for us — what is the motivation for this? This seems to be spontaneous. He saw two people of color that he didn’t like…This guy is a garden-variety rac  

February 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

EVANSVILLE, [IN]--The FBI is investigating after a shot was fired through a synagogue in Evansville. It happened at Adath B'Nai Israel Temple on Newburgh Road. Rabbi Gary Mazo says he discovered it in the window of a Sunday school classroom Tuesday morning. He believes it happened sometime Sunday night. Rabbi Mazo says the shooter would have had to walk to the back of the building by the playground. Investigators are going through surveillance and increasing security. FBI officials say this will most likely be ruled a hate crime. Indiana is one of five states without hate crime legislation. This is considered a federal case. View More>>  

February 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

DENVER, [CO]--Leaders at a Denver mosque say someone threw a rock through its windows Sunday just before one of its prayer sessions in the latest instance of vandalism directed at minority communities over the past several months. The Colorado Muslim Society says someone threw the rock, which was about the size of a fist, through a window at Masjid Abu Bakr mosque on Sunday. The Muslim Society says it is “working with the proper authorities” to address the incident. But the alleged vandalism is one of at least a half-dozen possibly hate-related incidents in Colorado since November. More threats to at least a dozen Jewish community centers were made again Monday after similar throngs of t  

February 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

BOSSIER CITY, [LA]--The FBI and the Bossier City Police Department are investigating after anti-Muslim signs were posted at a mosque in downtown Bossier earlier this week. Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale confirmed that police received a report Tuesday morning regarding fliers that were placed near the sign in front of the Islamic Association of Greater Shreveport, also known as Masjid Al Noor, at 1000 Delhi St. “One of them stated ‘Imagine a Muslim-Free America,’ and another was about what made America great, and it said ‘blood and soil,’” Natale said. “There was a name of an organization on it called American Vanguard. These are similar to signs that have been turning up ap  

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

PHILADELPHIA, [PA]--More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri, authorities said. A man visiting the cemetery called police at 9:40 a.m. Sunday to report that three of his relatives' headstones had been knocked over and damaged. "The cemetery was inspected and approximately 100 additional headstones were found to be knocked over," apparently sometime after dark Saturday, a police spokeswoman said in a statement. A criminal mischief-institutional vandalism investigation will be conducted by the police Northeast Detectives Division, she said. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadel  

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

MIAMI BEACH, [FL]--Miami Beach detectives are investigating after several people came outside Sunday to find that their cars at swastikas etched on them. Police said that there were several officers, detectives and crime scene units investigating in the area not far from Bayshore Municipal Golf Course. It wasn’t immediately clear how many cars had the offensive symbol. Earlier this month, a swastika was spray-painted on the side of a car parked across from a home in Boca Raton. The vandalism comes at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise. In the last two months, more than 50 Jewish Community Centers in 26 states and one Canadian province received a total of 68 bomb threats over the phon  

February 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Animal Rights Extremism

EAST LANSING, [MI]--A man who denied firebombing an animal researcher’s laboratory at Michigan State University in 1992 even as he pleaded guilty now admits he carried out the attack and participated in others across the country, including one at Washington State University. Rodney Coronado told the Lansing State Journal he was a member of the Animal Liberation Front that targeted researchers and others they believed were mistreating animals. “In my heart, I was deeply troubled,” said Coronado, who said he participated in a half-dozen attacks, including at Oregon State University, WSU and private fur farms in the early 1990s. The vandalism at a WSU animal lab in Pullman occurred in Aug  

February 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--Several Jewish community centers across the U.S. were targeted by bomb threats on Monday, according to the JCC Association of North America, in the fourth wave of such threats in the past two months. In total, there have been 69 threats at 54 JCCs, in 27 states and a Canadian province, the organization reports — including previous threats on Jan. 9, 18 and 31, as well as 11 threats by telephone on Monday. No bombs have been found, the organization says, and all the centers affected have "returned to regular operations." Also on Monday, a century-old Jewish cemetery in Missouri discovered apparent vandalism of dozens of headstones. President Trump had been criticized fo  

February 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--The federal charges against a Missouri man for allegedly aiding in what he thought was an Islamic State terror plot are a sign of the government’s stepped-up focus on Islamist extremism, terrorism experts said Tuesday. But some said that strategy is resulting in less scrutiny of another source of terrorism that is just as serious a threat: violent domestic extremists. “The percentage of the population that embrace white supremacy, militia and sovereign citizen extremists far outweigh the percentage of Americans that support ISIS, yet these ISIS cases get churned out at a much greater rate,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst with the Department of Homeland S