August 11, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--We mapped 63 publicly reported incidents from January to July 2017, where mosques were targets of threats, vandalism or arson. On average, that comes down to nine every month and at least two a week. The incidents, tallied in a preliminary list of publicly reported occurrences by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, span 26 states from Florida to Hawaii. During the same time period in 2016, CAIR counted 46 incidents. CNN has compiled a list of all the cities where mosques have been targeted. In some cases, there was more than one incident in a particular city. View More>>  

August 7, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

COLORADO SPRINGS, [CO]--A swastika and other anti-Semitic messages were found spray-painted on a Colorado Springs synagogue Friday morning. Temple Beit Torah, 522 E. Madison St., and nearby cars, homes and buildings were vandalized, said police Sgt. Pamela Castro. She did not release details, saying the incident is under investigation. A swastika and the words “sig (sic) heil” – for “sieg heil,” a Nazi salute praising Hitler – were among the scribblings on one side of the temple’s sign. The other side was marked with an unintelligible message. The word “sig” also was painted near the building’s south entrance. View More>>  

August 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

CEDAR POINT, [VA]--Vandals who struck late Friday or early Saturday left considerable damage and several offensive messages at Cedar Point Country Club. Club officials confirmed by email Tuesday night that several greens were damaged, and water coolers were spray painted, in a vandalism incident that took place in the overnight hours Friday night. Swastikas and “KKK” were “carved into four putting surfaces,” according to an emailed statement signed by club President Cameron Robinett and General Manager Tony Coppa. The club is working with Suffolk police “to take proactive steps to protect the security of club property and the safety of its members and guests,” the email added. Ro  

July 18, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--Facebook wants its 2 billion-plus users to know it’s making every effort to remove hate speech from its platform, but some advocacy groups and activists want more. Take, for example, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the nonprofit legal advocacy organization known for its litigation against white supremacist groups and its ongoing identification of hate groups within the United States. Even before ProPublica’s July report on Facebook’s cut-and-dry formula for identifying hate speech, the SPLC reported more than 200 hate groups active on the social network. About fewer than 10, the organization estimates, have been removed. Many these reported still-live pages revel   

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

WASHINGTON, [DC]--D.C. police arrested an 18-year-old man Wednesday on charges that he intentionally drove a compact car into a transgender woman in the early-morning hours of July 5. The 26-year-old victim remains in “critical but stable” condition a week after sustaining multiple injuries when she was run down about 3:20 a.m., said acting Capt. Anthony Haythe of the homicide branch. Detectives arrested Startwaune Anderson Wednesday after police obtained an arrest warrant Monday. Authorities charged him with aggravated assault while armed. Her friends remain worried about her condition and her long-term recovery. The victim has endured a rough week and can communicate only by blinking h  

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

LIBERTY, [NY]--New York State Police arrested 18-year-old Christopher Santoro of Liberty for burglary and criminal mischief as a hate crime. The arrest comes after investigation into damage to the exterior and interior of buildings located at Camp Shomria on Lake Marie Road in the Town of Liberty. The damage, from June 12, included anti-Semitic graffiti, police say. The investigation into the crime determined that the motive was based on an alleged dislike for the religion of the owners and the occupants of the camp. Santoro was arraigned in Town of Fallsburg Justice Court and was remanded Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. View More>>  

June 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in 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  in 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 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Donald Trump announced he was running for office on June 16, 2015. The following day, white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire in a historically black church located in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people in the hopes of launching an all-out race war. Of course, those two events aren't directly linked. "But it’s certainly symbolic," Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, tells Newsweek. "There doesn’t seem to be a single marginalized population that was left out of the emboldened reaction to this election," she said. "There has been a massive explosion of violence across the country, and an increase in   

June 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

BOISE, [ID]--An unknown vandal this weekend damaged a rainbow flag being flown outside a Boise home to celebrate Pride Week. That incident, coupled with unconfirmed reports of white supremacist fliers placed on light poles and other objects in Downtown Boise, raises concerns about continued hate-related actions in the wake of last month’s anti-Semitic vandalism at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, said Dan Prinzing, executive director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. With Boise Pridefest in motion, director Rodney Busbee said Pride Week is meant to celebrate all kinds of diversity, whether that be those in the LGBTQ community or people of different races and religions. Boise po