February 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in 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 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in 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  in 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 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in 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 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, [CN]--Montreal police said Thursday they have arrested a suspect in connection with vandalism committed Feb. 2 on a Montreal mosque. The 48-year-old man was arrested at about 7 p.m. Wednesday after police answered a family violence call and, seeing the suspect resembled the images captured by the mosque’s surveillance cameras, took him into custody. The suspect was questioned by the Montreal police hate crimes unit and is expected to be arraigned on Friday on charges in connection with the vandalism He was charged Thursday afternoon with assault in connection with the family violence complaint. The arrest comes after the Khadijah Masjid Islamic Centre on Centre St. in Poi  

February 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

MANCHESTER, [NH]--Police say racially-charged graffiti has been found inside a convenience store and deli where a fire investigators believe was intentionally set caused approximately $500,000 in damage early Monday. Manchester police and fire officials say firefighters responding to a report of a building fire at 519 Amory St., at the corner of Boutwell Street, around 1:21 a.m. Monday encountered heavy fire in the building, which is home to the Rodriguez Market and Restaurant and an apartment. Six engines and three trucks were used to fight the fire, and fire crews reported the the blaze was under control by 2:10 a.m. The market was not open at the time of the fire, which police said was ca  

February 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

CHICAGO, [IL]--A Chicago man has been arrested and charged with a felony hate crime for allegedly smashing the window of a city synagogue and putting swastika stickers on its front door, police said on Wednesday. Stuart Wright, 31, was arrested by the Chicago Police Department on Tuesday. He has been charged with one felony count of hate crime to a church or synagogue and one felony count of criminal damage. Wright is scheduled to appear in a Chicago bond court on Thursday, police said in a statement. Police said Wright smashed the large front window of the Chicago Loop Synagogue early on Saturday and affixed swastika stickers to the building's front doors. The attack, which was captured on   

February 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

ROSEVILLE, [CA]--Police are investigating what they’re calling a hate crime at a mosque in Roseville. Around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Roseville police received the report of “hate-related graffiti” painted on a building at the Tarbiya Institute in Roseville, which is on Sierra Gardens Drive, according to a statement. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. The Council on American-Islamic Relations for Sacramento Valley released a statement asking for the community to support the Roseville mosque. “We hope the Sacramento-area community will offer similar support to the families that worship at the Tarbiya institute,” said Basim Elkarra, CAIR-Sacramento Valley executive d  

January 30, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in 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 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in 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>>