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

GRAND RAPIDS, [MI]--Kent County jurors on Wednesday will begin deliberating the fate of a Grand Rapids man accused of making threats of mass shootings and harassing an anti-genocide activist using social media. Trial got underway Tuesday, June 27 for David Lenio, 31, on three criminal charges, including aggravated stalking. Both sides rested their cases Tuesday afternoon; the case will go to jurors on Wednesday. The charges stem from Lenio’s online activity involving Jonathan Hutson, a communications consultant from Washington, D.C. who also worked with the Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Lenio was ordered not to have any contact with Hutson as part of a criminal case   

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

BURNS, [TN]--A group labeled as having a White Nationalist agenda is scheduled to hold its annual conference here in Middle Tennessee beginning Wednesday. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the organization American Renaissance “promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites.” On its website, the group says it has filled all the available rooms at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County for the three day conference. On the flyer for the gathering Renaissance asks “Was Donald Trump’s victory the turning point we’ve been hoping for?” View More>>  

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

WEST CHESTER, [OH]--White powder delivered to an Islamic center in West Chester is not hazardous, fire officials said Tuesday. Hazardous materials crews investigated an envelope that was sent to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, in the 8000 block of Plantation Drive. They were dispatched at about 11:25 a.m., and a large crew remained on the scene for several hours. Investigators said the envelope also contained a written threat. Officials said that they did not evacuate the center. As a precaution, four employees were placed in isolation, and about 15 children attending a youth basketball camp were contained to one room. A criminal investigation is ongoing. View More>>  

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Antigovernment Extremism-General

BURNS, [OR]--An FBI agent has been indicted on federal accusations that he lied about firing at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum last year as police arrested the leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation. The agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice, according to sources familiar with the case. The indictment stems from a more than yearlong investigation by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice. The agent will be identified when he's summoned to appear in U.S. District Court in Portland at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team fired at Finicum as his 2015 Dodge pickup tru  

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

BROOKLYN, [NY]--The torching of a multicolored “mitzvah” minibus in Brooklyn has left local kids “devastated” — with some staying up all night, crying their eyes out — after hearing what happened, a rabbi says. The wacky whip had become a staple in the Jewish community thanks to its religious imagery and vibrant colors. It was created by Crowns Heights artist Leviticus Schieber about a year and a half ago as a way to make children and other residents feel proud about their heritage. Cops have been investigating the bus fire as a possible hate crime after surveillance footage showed a man standing near the vehicle before and after the fire. The bus had been parked near the corner  

June 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Donald Trump has used the threat of foreign-born terrorists to justify his travel ban – but since 9/11, nearly every terrorist attack in the United States has come from within. On this episode of Reveal Radio, we investigate which domestic terror episodes get tracked and why. Reveal’s Stan Alcorn looks into two back-to-back terrorist plots in 2010: a Somali American’s attempted bombing of a Portland, Oregon, Christmas tree lighting and an American arsonist who set the suspect’s mosque on fire in reaction. We look into how law enforcement responded to these cases so differently – despite the role it played in one. Already, there’s a huge disparity in  

June 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

KNOXVILLE, [TN]--A Knox County man convicted of murdering his mother in a high-profile cold case is now up for parole after just a few years in prison. The cold case of the September 1986 stabbing death of Bobbie Lou Hill was finally cracked in 2012 with the arrest of her only son, Billy Ray Hill. A jury convicted Billy Ray Hill in 2014 of second degree murder and he was sentenced to 24 years in prison with a minimum sentence of 20 years. Cold case coverage focuses heavily on the years of work to make an arrest and then convict the criminal. Sending a convict to prison may seem like a tidy conclusion, but the reality is years of work are still required to keep the criminal behind bars. Bill  

June 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

SAN FRANCISCO, [CA]--San Francisco police detained a motorcyclist who they said drove his bike at a group of protesters demonstrating against the federal health care bill in an apparent attempt to hit them, according to witnesses as well as photographs and videos from the scene. A few dozen people were staging a “die-in” early Wednesday afternoon on Seventh Street near Mission Street when the man on a red motorcycle appeared, said one of the protesters, 43-year-old Tracey Brieger of Emeryville. She said the activists, some of whom held up posters that looked like tombstones to decry the Republican health care bill designed to replace the Affordable Care Act, had planned to block the inte  

June 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--A database of nine years of domestic terrorism incidents compiled by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has produced a very different picture of the threat than that advanced by the current White House. From January 2008 to the end of 2016, we identified 63 cases of Islamist domestic terrorism, meaning incidents motivated by a theocratic political ideology espoused by such groups as the Islamic State. The vast majority of these (76 percent) were foiled plots, meaning no attack took place. During the same period, we found that right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents: 115. Just over  

June 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

ALBANY, [NY]--White powder spilled out of an envelope as it was being opened by an employee on the state office campus Wednesday morning, State Police and city fire officials said. The state Department of Correction and Community Supervision employee called 911 at 10:53 a.m. to report the possibly hazardous material inside Building No. 9. No illnesses have been reported and the powder will be sent for testing. State Police patrol officers and investigators responded to the W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus in Albany to investigate. No specialized State Police units — which include tactical, bomb disposal and negotiation specialists — were requested. Albany city fire crews