November 23, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

STAUTON, [VA]--A sheriff's office in Virginia is investigating graffiti found on a bridge that included swastikas and racial slurs. "There's a little bit of everything," said Augusta County sheriff’s Lt. Aaron Le Veck after he viewed the graffiti Tuesday. The bridge, located in Staunton, was vandalized with white spray paint, including a swastika in the middle of the road. Le Veck said the Virginia Department of Transportation has been notified of the graffiti. The graffiti on the bridge was reported Sunday, less than a week after numerous recruitment fliers for the Ku Klux Klan were distributed in Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County and other areas of the Shenandoah Valley. View More&g  

November 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

CARY, [NC]--A Cary church was vandalized with spray-painted racial slurs, “KKK” and other messages over the weekend. At about 4 a.m. Sunday, Saint Francis United Methodist Church on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary discovered spray-painted graffiti on one of its buildings used primarily for Sunday school and Bible study. Church members, staff and volunteers were able to clean the graffiti before morning service was finished Sunday. Messages including “Kill all n-----,” “N----- church,” “KKK” and “F--- Jesus” – along with offensive images – were painted over the outer walls, windows and doors of the building, according to photos posted on Facebook on Sunday by Tyler Bentley  

November 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

WASHINGTON, [DC]--More hate crimes were carried out in the United States last year, with an uptick in incidents motivated by bias against Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, among others, according to new FBI data released Monday. There were more than 6,100 reported incidents of hate crimes in 2016, up from more than 5,800 the year before, the FBI said in a report based on data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country. The number of hate crimes increased for a second consecutive year, and as was the case in 2015, the largest share of victims last year — nearly 6 in 10 — were targeted because of bias against the victim’s race or ethnicity. Hate crimes motivated by hatred of a  

November 5, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

HOBOKEN, [NJ]--The Hoboken Police Department in New Jersey said Sunday it was investigating as a possible bias crime flyers that feature a photo of a Sikh mayoral candidate wearing a turban and the message “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our Town!” The leaflets, distributed days before Tuesday’s upcoming election, display a picture of Councilman Ravi Bhalla, who is running for mayor, with the caption about terrorism above his head. The literature goes on to allege “a potential conflict of interest” involving Bhalla and his position on the City Council. Bhalla called the flyers troubling in a statement provided by his campaign. View More>>  

November 3, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

NEWARK, [NJ]--Mosques in the New Jersey area are receiving threats following this week’s terror attack in New York City, according to the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Islamic Center of Passaic County, the region's most influential mosque, has received at least eight threats, forcing them to increase security for their over 25,000 congregants. The mosque’s Friday prayer draws over 2,000 people alone. Another mosque in New Jersey, Masjid Omar Mosque, has also received threats after rumors that Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the suspect in the terror attack, may have gone to worship there. CAIR’s New Jersey chapter called on federal authorities to investigate the threat  

October 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

FRESNO, [CA]--Two Goshen men accused of stabbing an African-American man have been charged with attempted murder and participating in a hate crime, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said. About 4 p.m. Sunday, deputies went to a neighborhood at Avenue 310 and Farr Road to check on a call of a disturbance. They found a 60-year-old African American man in the street who had been stabbed. The victim, a Goshen resident, was taken to a hospital for treatment. His name and condition were not released. View More>>  

October 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

OLYMPIA, [WA]--A man arrested in connection with a downtown Olympia hate crime last year will spend more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to assault and malicious harassment charges. Daniel B. Rowe, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon, and one count of malicious harassment — Washington’s hate crime charge — before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson. The plea comes more than a year after Rowe stabbed a couple in downtown Olympia on Aug. 16, 2016. Rowe was sentenced to four years and two months in prison. The male victim is black, and the female identified herself Tuesday as Cuban and Samoan.   

October 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

SPOKANE, [WA]--The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into a shooting over the weekend that Spokane Police have determined was a hate crime. Two convicted felons are accused of assaulting a black man, then firing gunshots into his home. Police say Jason Cooper and Donald Prichard shouted racial slurs and targeted the victim because of the color of his skin. The FBI said its Spokane office is investigating, along with the U.S. Attorney's Office. View More>>  

October 3, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

SHERIDAN, [NE]--Sheridan Police Department officials notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a recent hate crime in a local bar. A Nebraska man charged with battery for punching another man in the face pleaded guilty in Sheridan County Circuit Court Sept. 21. Court documents said at around 11:05 p.m. on Sept. 20, officers responded to a victim reporting getting punched in the face at The Mint Bar. Upon arrival, the officer noted a red and swollen lower lip and a scratch that was bleeding on the victim’s chin. The victim explained he was speaking with a gentleman at the bar about the man’s shirt when another man, later discovered to be Casey Moon, punched him in the face “at lea  

October 3, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

MURFREESBORO, [TN]--The two Murfreesboro men told people they were involved in the July vandalism of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, according to a federal indictment. Two Murfreesboro men told people they were involved in the July vandalism of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, according to a federal indictment. Charles Dwight Stout III, 19, and Thomas Avery Gibbs, 18, are charged with conspiring to commit civil rights violations by damaging and defacing the mosque by putting bacon on and around the door and spray-painting "F--- Allah" on the building. Use of pork is forbidden in Islam. Stout was indicted previously for allegedly destroying evidence in a federal investigation by delet