Noticeable Hate Crimes File: 2006

June 2006


Of all the bar fights before and after March 15, 2003 the police took notice of this one. Shaun Walker, 38, chairman of the National Alliance, a white suprecist group and Resistance Records, a producer of Neo Nazi propaganda was arrested in Hillsboro, West Virgini for committing hate crimes in Utah.

The founder of the National Alliance William Pierce, until his death in 2000, the author of the Turner Diaries, an book which had sway over Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber, was once the larger known Aryan hate groups in the United State with 1,400 registered members. Under Walker the memebership dropped to around 200 members. Travis Massey, 29, a group spokesman in Utah and Eric G. Egberg, 21, of Salt Lake city where indicted on conspiracy charges to interfere with civil rights and interference with a federally protected activity.

Also arrested were Travis D. Massey, 29, of Salt Lake City, who has served as the group's Utah spokesman, and Eric G. Egbert, 21, of Salt Lake City. The indictment alleges that the three men conspired to intimidate and threaten individuals of minority descent, including a Mexican-American and Native American, between December 2002 and March 2003.

The indictment says that the men intimidated and threatened individuals of minority background on Dec. 31, 2002, at O'Shucks, a downtown Salt Lake City bar, and then allegedly assaulted a Mexican-American man.

At hearings before trial After hearing arguments at a Wednesday morning hearing, Magistrate David Nuffer said his release order also will require Shaun A. Walker to have no contact with co-defendants, victims or witnesses in his case or with any members of his National Alliance or of other groups that have "racial or national sensitivities" as their basis.

His attorney, Robin Ljungberg, said Walker resigned his position as national chairman of the group after his June 8 arrest.

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    General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North culminated with the Battle of Antietam, in Maryland (or Sharpsburg, as the South called it).

    The battle took place on Wednesday, September 17, 1862, just 18 days after the Confederate victory at Second Manassas, 40 miles to the southeast in Virginia.

    Not only was this the first major Civil War engagement on Northern soil, it was also the bloodiest single day battle in American history.

    It is because of this history of the civil war and the issue of slavery the NAACP is calling on elected leaders and candidates for office to speak out against hate crimes in Howard County and a Ku Klux Klan rally planned for the Antietam National Battlefield today.

    Jenkins Odoms, president of the Howard County NAACP and president of the civil rights organization's state conference, says a disturbing pattern is developing from Maryland. He asks -- quote -- "Where are the voices of outrage from elected officials who want our votes?"

    In Howard County and Ellicott City twenty two hateful attacks have occurred. eight separate incidents of racist slogans or Nazi swastikas being chemically burned into lawns have been reported in the past week.

    Though people are saying teenagers are responsible for these attacks no arrests have been made.

    The residents of three different homes reported finding racist words, obscene drawings or swastikas drawn on their driveways in chalk.

    Investigators believe the chalk used in the incidents likely came from a child's toy chest that was left outside at a house in the area.

    Although Hate Crimes in Howard Country have grown. In 2004, in Ellicott City, the symbol of a cross was chemically burned into the lawn of the Howard County School System’s then-second-highest-ranking official, Chief Academic Officer Kimberly Statham, who is black.

    Is the KKK rally and growing hate crime incidents coincidence or separate acts.

    Howard County police have a clue — “’06” — that could help in solving the hate crime vandalism spree in Ellicott City.

    “That could stand for the class of 2006, for the June 6 weekend or the number 666 associated with the movie ‘The Omen,’ ” Howard County Police Chief William McMahon told a packed room at a Howard County NAACP meeting Monday night.

    About 100 people are expected to show up for today's Klan rally in Antietam. The NAACP will participate in a counter-demonstration against the Klan.

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    Nicholas Minucci, 19, was charged with an assault with a hate crime after confessing to the attack. Early Wednesday in the Howard Beach section of Queens, Minucci left the victim, Glen Moore, 20, in critical condition with a fractured skull.

    Two of three black men told investigators they had been in the neighboring Lindenwood section Wednesday looking for a luxury sedan to steal but then changed their minds when they were spotted by passers-by. They said a white man in a car spotted them and then returned with two friends

    On June 29, 2005The three white men got out and one threw a metal baseball bat toward the three black men, shouting racial epithets, authorities said. Minucci then attacked Moore with the bat, according to police.

    Moore suffered a fractured skull in the attack.

    But Minucci's attorney, Albert Gaudelli, argued that his client was acting within the law because the teen and two of his friends suspected Moore and two others were in Howard Beach looking to steal a car. "They were using reasonable physical force to prevent a larceny," Gaudelli said of Minucci and his friends.

    It is defense attorney Albert Gaudelli's rather novel contention that a white man beating a black one with a bat while using the most noxious of racial epithets is not prima facie evidence of racial hatred. As he told prospective jurors when the trial began just over two weeks ago, the N-word is used all the time in rap music and among young people as a friendly greeting. The word has changed, he said.

    ''At one time, it had only one meaning, as a pejorative term, but today it means many things,'' he told them. And he added, ''The word in and of itself does not establish bias. Does everyone agree with that?'' According to a reporter, the would-be jurors murmured ''faint agreement.''

    The question a jury must decide is: Does that make this a hate crime? If jurors find the attack was indeed motivated by bigotry, the law provides that harsher penalties can be leveled against Minucci.

    After deliberating for eight hours, a jury found Nicholas Minucci, 20, guilty of the racially motivated assault and robbery of Glenn Moore, 23, in Howard Beach, a predominantly white Queens neighborhood where a notorious racial attack occurred in 1986.

    He was found not guilty of a top charge — first-degree assault as a hate crime — but was convicted on first- and second-degree robbery charges as hate crimes, for using the bat to rob Mr. Moore of his Air Jordan sneakers, a pair of Prada shoes and a blue polo shirt the victim was carrying in a bag while walking with two black friends in Howard Beach.

    He was also convicted of several lesser charges, including second-degree assault as a hate crime, and three counts of criminal possession of the stolen items, and for criminal possession of the bat.

    A main aspect of the trial has been the racial slur that several witnesses testified Mr. Minucci used while chasing and striking Mr. Moore. The defense maintained that Mr. Minucci used the epithet as a benign form of address now commonplace among young people across racial lines.

    The conflict happened blocks away from where three black men were beaten in 1986 after their car broke down. One of them, 23-year-old Michael Griffith, was killed by a car as he fled. The attack ignited racial tensions and was compared to a lynching by then-Mayor Edward Koch.

    In the lastest news of June 22, 2006 reported by Joseph Wendelken in ZWIRE.COM

    The victim in last summer’s Howard Beach softball bat attack is now on the offensive, filing a civil lawsuit against his three assailants in Queens Supreme Court last week.

    “He wanted to do something to make this racist behavior stop,” said Glenn Moore’s attorney, Derek Sells, a managing partner of the Manhattan based Cochran Firm.

    The suit makes accusations of assault and intentional infliction of emotional damage and cites the punitive damages inflicted by Nicholas Minucci and his two cohorts. A dollar amount sought by the 23 year old plaintiff was not specified in the complaint.

    Sells, who has acted as Moore’s adviser for the past year, said that Moore had no intention of filing a civil suit until he read comments made by Maria Minucci, his attacker’s mother, in which she suggested that Assistant District Attorney Mariela Herring sought hate crime convictions because she is married to a black man and has multiracial children.

    For his involvement that night, a jury convicted Minucci of second degree assault as a hate crime, first and second degree robbery as hate crimes, fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. Judge Richard Buchter set a July 13 sentencing date.

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    On April 27, 2006, two white teenagers severely beat and sodomized a 16-year-old Hispanic boy who they believed had tried to kiss a 12-year-old white girl at a party, authorities said.

    The attackers forced the boy out of the house party, beat him and sodomized him with a metal pipe, shouting epithets "associated with being Hispanic," said Lt. John Martin with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. They then poured bleach over the boy, apparently to destroy DNA evidence and left him for dead, authorities said. He wasn't discovered until Sunday, a day after the attack.

    Keith Robert Turner, 17, and David Henry Tuck, 18, are charged with aggravated sexual assault, investigators said. Prosecutors are considering whether to attach hate-crime charges, but unless the victim dies, the possible penalty would be the same. If the boy dies and it is ruled a hate crime, the attackers could face the death penalty, authorities said.

    By Friday prosecutors said they won't seek hate crimes charges against two white teens although civil rights groups claimed there was no other reason for the attack.

    Authorities said the suspects acknowledged they beat the boy but say it was because he kissed a 12-year-old girl. The teens claimed they were offended at the age difference between the victim and the girl, who also is Hispanic.

    Trent said the suspects, both of whom have juvenile criminal records, threatened the adult's children with harm if they cooperated with the investigation.

    "I don't know that the very beginning of the attack was racial," said prosecutor Mike Trent, "but there's no question that they were venting quite a bit of hatred in their hearts."

    Trent said that adding hate-crime charges to the aggravated sexual assault faced by David Henry Tuck, 18, and Keith Robert Turner, 17, would have no legal effect.

    In an earlier news post from the Houston Chronicle Tuck also joined two adult white supremacists in the beating of a Hispanic man three years ago, according to court records.

    The victim of the earlier attack, a 53-year-old man who declined to be identified for fear of his safety, showed court records from the case that was handled as a federal civil rights violation.

    The victim of the 2003 beating said David Henry Tuck was with Fletcher Smith III and Charles Douglas Brannon, both charged with civil rights violations. Smith served 74 days in jail, and Brannon served 37. The third attacker is referred to in the file as D.T. Because Tuck was 14, his records were sealed.

    Several neighbors describe Tuck and his brother as racist skinheads.

    "They would parade with a Nazi flag down the street on Martin Luther King Day. Most of the activity was from an older brother -- the 'Hail Hitler' sign. He did that as he walked down the street and he'd come in contact with people. (He) had a tattoo of Hitler on his body somewhere. He made it very clear that he was a skinhead and those were his beliefs," neighbor Robin Storrs said.

    "How could this happen again? We thought (Tuck) was in jail." the wife said.

    Meanwhile on May 12, awaiting indictments a report by QuickDFW.Com reported David Tuck,18, charged in an attack that left a Hispanic youth in intensive care was assaulted by two Harris County inmates shortly after he was jailed, officials said.

    David Tuck was punched in the mouth and back of the head on April 27, the same day the media reported that he was charged with aggravated sexual assault in the attack on the 17-year-old in Spring. Robert Keith Turner, 17, was also charged in the April 22 beating.

    Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. John Martin said Wednesday that authorities were unsure whether the attack on Tuck was related to the beating of the Hispanic youth.

    The inmates who attacked him were identified as Christopher McDaniel, 19, and Joseph Stone, 19. McDaniel is black, and Stone is white.

    Martin said that the attack was not prolonged and that Tuck had been moved to a private cell. Officials said his assailants most likely won't face charges but would lose other privileges.

    Still, prosecutors still rejected the idea of charging Turner and Tuck with hate crimes. But even if that did not motivate the suspects to initiate the beating, detectives are investigating whether they beat the youth more severely because he is Hispanic, said Assistant District Attorney Mike Trent.

    "We can't say for sure that it's a hate crime," he said. "They might have gotten mad at him for one reason. But the extent of the bad things they did might have been because of racial prejudice."

    The case is not being prosecuted as a hate crime because that would not increase the sentence the suspects will face if convicted of the crime with which they're charged — aggravated sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    But two prominent civil rights groups, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, have labeled the April 22 attack a hate crime. Hector Flores, LULAC's national president, lobbied U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales this week to change the federal hate crime law to include attacks on private property. The attack in Spring happened in a backyard.

    By June 1, 2006 the two teens accused of severely beating and sodomizing a 17-year-old victim pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of aggravated sexual assault.

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    Detection rates have also improved from 58 to 71 per cent overall.

    Violent men were taken off the streets in a special police operation across the borough on Tuesday. Three men were arrested in dawn raids, two suspected of committing domestic violence and one who was later charged with a homophobic assault. A fourth person contacted police and arranged to attend a police station.

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, please, please report it. We will listen sympathetically, investigate professionally and there are support mechanisms here to help you.

    The operation marked the launch of a new unit in the Metropolitan Police targeting violent crime across London by improving police intelligence and encouraging all parts of the force to work together.

    Victims of hate crimes who are worried about going to the police can report offences to "civilians" under a new scheme in North Yorkshire – where recent figures showed racist incidents had risen by more than a quarter.

    Rather than walk into a police station, Scarborough residents who have suffered because of prejudice can take their concerns to local schools, housing offices, and other familiar places.

    Resort police have teamed up with community agencies to establish a reporting network for offences related to racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.

    The scheme began as a pilot a year ago but has now been formally set up by the Scarborough team who hope it could become a model for North Yorkshire.

    As well as the 28 reporting centers, a local hotline has been set up for hate crimes on 01723 232326. Although not many hate crimes had been recorded in Scarborough, the new system should reveal if offences are going unreported.

    For North Yorkshire as a whole, figures released in April pointed to a 26 per cent increase in racist incidents in 2004-05.

    There were 191 racist incidents reported to police in the county between April 2004 and April 2005, compared with 151 the previous year.

    As a counterpoint of this new alternative violence and harassment against gays decreased sharply from 2004 to last year, according to information compiled by the Colorado Anti-Violence Program.

    The project documented 62 cases in 2005 of bias against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, a decline of 60 percent from the year before. The reported incidents range from insults to the murder of a gay Montrose man.

    Colorado’s decrease was the largest among 13 cities and states tracked by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Nationally, the number of incidents dropped 12.6 percent during the same period, according to a report the coalition this month.

    The report’s data differ from hate-crime statistics kept by the FBI, which hasn’t released 2005 figures on hate crimes. FBI figures show crimes motivated by bias against the victim’s sexual orientation dropped in Colorado from 12 in 2003 to three in 2004.

    The point is made by reporting agencies in the U.S. the reduction in reports of anti-gay bias doesn’t necessarily mean fewer incidents are happening, It operated with only one employee for two months last year, down from a normal three workers. That diminished its ability to gather reports of bias, according to the program’s report.

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    On April 8, 2006, authorities were trying to determine Friday who caused several thousand dollars in damage to a $9 million Hindu temple under construction in a Minneapolis suburb.

    Police said they had no suspects, but that the vandalism didn't appear to be a hate crime, although they didn't rule it out, either.

    The vandal or vandals caused extensive damage to some of the temple's religious statues, which were carved by artisans in India. Singh said some of the deities were decapitated and dismembered and thus cannot be used for worship, according to Hindu tradition.

    Sridhar Ranganatha, a volunteer priest at the temple, disagreed with those who doubt the vandalism was a hate crime. He said it looks like the work of someone who had a grudge against the Hindu community. We're a peace-loving community," he said. "Someone has done it out of hatred."

    But police said the estimated $200,000 in damage appeared to be a random act. Several statues of Indian deities were decapitated and dismembered. There were also holes in walls and broken windows.

    Police Captain, Tracy Stille, said the vandalism was not classified as a hate crime because police and temple officials agreed it appeared to be random.

    "A possible source of the hesitation is they are concerned that Maple Grove, Minneapolis will get the reputation of being a racist, redneck city," he said. "It is not. Please call it whatever we need to call it to get the maximum resources available to solve the crime."

    By May 13, 2006, authorities have arrested and charged two 19-year-old men in the vandalism last month of a Hindu temple being built in Maple Grove.

    Tyler W. Tuomie of Andover and Paul G. Spakousky of Maple Grove were each charged Friday with third-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree property damage for the two vandalism incidents on the night of April 5. They were booked in jail and bail set at $20,000 each.

    Stille said no evidence has been found yet that the vandalism was a hate crime. The charging document said Spakousky and Tuomie told friends they had used baseball bats to break into the temple and damage classroom walls and some "weird" statues they didn't recognize.

    Spakousky told police that they didn't know the building was a temple and that "their vandalism had nothing to do with religion and that he was sorry for what they had done," the charges said.

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    April 2006


    Patriot Guard Riders, almost 5,000 strong, ride on their Harley choppers in their full regalia to drown out the sermons of one Reverend Fred Phelps.

    During the 1990s, church members were known mostly for picketing the funerals of AIDS victims, and they have long been tracked as a hate group by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project.

    Throughout the Midwest Reverend Phelps has attended the funerals for the fallen American soldiers of Iraq, to remind people that the soldiers died because America protects the civil liberties of homosexuals.

    If they get us to shut up, it's not going to change the fact that the wrath of God is coming down on their heads," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, attorney for the church and daughter of its founder, Pastor Fred Phelps.

    Under new legislation before the House and Senate of Harrisburg Pennsylvannia protesters can bring their signs and have their say, but they won't be able to do it at funerals.

    The bill would apply to all groups, but it's aimed at the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which believes that God inflicts tragedies -- including natural disasters and military deaths -- to punish America for tolerating homosexuality, abortion, divorce and more

    Joining a national movement, a bill limiting protests at funerals is headed to Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's office.

    The bill, passed 99-0 by the Iowa House and 50-0 by the Senate, would keep protesters 500 feet from funeral buildings, processions, and burials. A person disrupting a memorial or causing "unreasonable distress" to the mourners would face a simple misdemeanor, punishable by up to $500 or up to 30 days in jail.

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    April 2006


    There's been a resurgence of neo-Nazi groups operating openly in Canada and a parallel increase in Holocaust denial," Ruth Klein, director of B'Nai Brith's league for human rights, told a news conference.

    Yet 2005 still marks the second highest yearly total since B'nai Brith began its annual audit 23 years ago. Reported anti-Semitic events have tripled in Canada since 2001.

    She said there has been an "explosion of hate" on the Internet — with last year's 161 reported cases the most ever in a B'nai Brith audit — and called the Net "a quick, cheap, way of bringing racism into the homes of ordinary Canadians and recruiting young people to ideologies of hate and extremism."

    David Ahenakew, the former head of the Assembly of First Nations, spout some of the most outrageously racist remarks imaginable, and then blame a journalist for reporting them.

    Ahenakew's lawyer was in court in Saskatchewan this week, arguing that his client's hate crime conviction should be overturned because his anti-Semitic remarks were never intended to be public.

    In December 2002, Ahenakew was addressing a Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations conference when he remarked that Jews started World War II. Sitting in the audience that day was a reporter from a local newspaper, who asked Ahenakew what he meant by that remark.

    And that's when all hell broke loose. "How do you get rid of a disease like that, that's going to take over, that's going to dominate?" Ahenakew asked.

    Perhaps he thought that would be the end of it. But it wasn't. He lost his position with the Assembly of First Nations, was stripped of his Order of Canada and was fined $1,000 for a hate crime under the Criminal Code. That's the conviction his lawyer is trying to have overturned, arguing that his client was somehow goaded into making his remarks.

    In another incident, dated June 22, 2006, a Montreal man faces up to two years in prison after pleading guilty in Quebec Court to wilfully promoting hatred through a racist Internet site that he created and managed.

    Jean-Sebastien Presseault, 29, expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and right-wing extremist Timothy McVeigh, who was executed for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and hostility to blacks and Jews

    Crown prosecutor Nadine Naviernick said it was the first time that the Montreal prosecutor’s office had pursued a case under article 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which deals with hate propaganda.

    Police discovered the website in 2003 after seizing material found in the car of a U.S. man who was refused entry into Canada because of his association with fascism.

    Presseault’s lawyer, Gilles Fontaine, argued Canadian courts have no jurisdiction because the site was hosted in the United States. He said the type of expression on the site is tolerated there due to more permissive laws on freedom of speech.

    Also reported in at Canada.Com on June 22, 2006 a Toronto man has been convicted of hate crimes for posting literature at Ryerson University that targeted Muslim, Arab and Jewish students

    Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Haas was arrested in 2004 and charged with seven counts of mischief, two counts of threatening death and two hate-crimes charges.

    Haas pleaded guilty to two counts of wilful promotion of hatred and two counts of mischief.

    In a fourth incident a landmark decision was reached by a Canadian tribunal ruling in March 2006, that two white supremacists were spreading hate when they posted offensive material on their websites about blacks, Jews and other minorities.

    It's believed to be the first time a Canadian Internet web-hosting service has been found liable for hate messages.

    The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on Friday leveled the two men with $13,000 in penalties and ordered them to stop spreading hate.

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    Sherry Kaslov, 30, who most recently resided in Florida, was charged under a 2000 hate crime law because she targeted elderly people, prosecutors said. she conned two men, aged 80 and 84, into giving her tens of thousands of dollars for nonexistent medical bills and other expenses.

    Sherry Kaslov's alleged aliases include Maryann Castellano and Donna Demate. District Attorney Richard Brown announced she was charged with Grand Larceny (more than $290,000) in the 2nd and 3rd degree as a Hate Crime, Grand Larceny in the 2nd and 3rd degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd and 3rd degree and Scheme to Defraud in the 1st degree

    Last month a 43-year-old Bayside woman was sentenced to four months in jail for a similar scheme, prosecutors said.

    Sentencing will be May 3 when it is expected she will receive six months in jail and five years’ probation with an order to pay $100,000 in restitution.

    On June 2 2006 another woman faces age-based hate crime charges for allegedly stealing more than $245,000 from two elderly women to pay rent, buy a house and car and start a carrot cake business, prosecutors said Friday.

    One of the older women hired Patricia Murtaugh, 57, to help organize the possessions of a deceased brother, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. At one point, Murtaugh opened a joint account in her own name and that of her 90-year-old employer, he said.

    Muztagh then transferred more than $150,000 from the victim's other bank accounts into the new account, according to the district attorney.

    Brown said Muztagh also befriended a 94-year-old woman and offered to help her manage her finances. She eventually obtained power of attorney, opened another joint account and took about $137,000 from the older woman, Brown said.

    Muztagh, of Queens, is being charged with second-degree grand larceny as a hate crime, second-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud. She could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

    "Crimes against the elderly _ whether they involve physical or, as in this case, financial harm _ are despicable because the victims are so lonely and vulnerable," Brown said in a news release.

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    A jury cleared three white former police officers of most charges in the 2004 brutal beating of a biracial man that enflamed racial tensions, but city officials vowed to ask federal prosecutors to consider pursuing the case.

    An all-white jury deliberated for more than 26 hours and returned not guilty verdicts late Friday on the charges against Daniel Masarik and Andrew Spengler, both 26. John Bartlett, 34, was cleared on one charge but the jury deadlocked on a charge of substantial battery.

    Prosecutors claimed the men beat Frank Jude Jr. on Oct. 24, 2004 because they thought he stole a badge at a party. District Attorney E. Michael McCann said the officers relied on a code of silence within the department to protect them.

    McCann said he would pursue a retrial on the remaining charge against Bartlett, and also would ask the U.S. attorney to investigate whether federal charges could be filed.

    The acquittal of three white former police officers in a beating has brought hundreds of protesters into Milwaukee's streets.

    Jude said he couldn't believe the defendants weren't charged with hate crimes. He said he was called a racial slur repeatedly as he was beaten and after his pants were cut off. In a police report, officers claim Jude stole a police badge and wallet. Nothing was found on Jude, prosecutors said.

    McCann said that to warrant a hate crime charge, the officers would have had to "target" Jude because of his race, but evidence indicates they went after him over the badge. McCann said Jude and companion Lovell Harris, who were arrested on suspicion of theft, would not be charged.

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    Five Third Infantry Division soldiers are in jail for attacking a man over the March 5, 2006 weekend. Police say the soldiers beat the man outside a Savannah gay club. The motive behind this crime? Investigators believe it was because the man is gay. In fact, one of the suspects even admitted it.

    This case is already affecting a hate crime bill Georgia Senate. The bill, which would lead to tougher penalties for specific crimes against minority groups, passed through a committee today by an 8-3 vote. Advocates used Bennett's beating as an all-too-real example of what can happen.

    South Carolina is one of four states that have no hate crime laws at all. The federal hate crime law has been in effect since 1969 but does not include crimes against gays.

    The Senate Rules Committee will now decide whether to pass the measure on to the full Senate for a vote.

    Despite urging from Democrats and Republicans, on March 9th, to release a hate crimes bill that would increase penalties for crimes motivated by bias against a variety of categories, including sexual orientation, the Georgia Senate Rules Committee killed the measure when it refused to place it on the calendar for a March 13 vote.

    March 13 is day 30 of the 40-day legislative session and the final day a bill may cross from one chamber to the other. The hate crimes bill would have had to be on the calendar and be approved by the full Senate by that day to be considered by the House this year.

    Just before the drop deadline date before a bill cannot qualify to be voted upon in the George Senate, On March 24, A hate crimes bill that includes sexual orientation was resurrected late Thursday in the Georgia Senate after state Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) successfully attached a version of his original hate crimes measure to another piece of legislation.

    There is not a recorded vote on Fort’s amendment. HB 1421, with the hate crimes legislation attached, was approved 30 to 24 in the Senate, with six Republicans breaking rank and joining Democrats in voting for the bill.

    The alleged beatings of two gay men in Savannah, Ga., this month may have swayed the Republican-controlled Senate to support attaching a hate crimes bill to another piece of legislation, according to Chuck Bowen, executive director of Georgia Equality, a statewide gay political group.

    Less than a week later, on March 29, The original hate crimes law, struck down for being too vague, covered crimes motivated by "bias or prejudice." Fort’s new bill covered crimes motivated by bias against specific categories, including race, religion, gender, national origin and sexual orientation.

    The state House denied a Senate effort Monday to revive Georgia's defunct hate crimes law in a lightning-quick Monday morning vote that caught most lawmakers off guard.

    The measure by Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, had passed the Senate as an amendment tacked onto another piece of legislation, but the House promptly removed it Monday morning.

    House lawmakers quickly decided to remove the hate crimes measure by a 153-2 vote.

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    March 2006


    How they could not see it as a potential problem down the road is mind-boggling to me.

    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich named a Nation of Islam official to a commission that fights discrimination and now that appointment has exploded into a major election-year dilemma putting him in the middle of a conflict between blacks, Jews and gays.

    Jewish and gay lawmakers called for Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad to disavow Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's comments.

    The criticism comes after Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad attended a Farrakhan speech Sunday at Chicago's United Center which included references to "Hollywood Jews" promoting homosexuality and "other filth.

    I strongly disagree with the things Minister Farrakhan said. They're wrong and hateful and they're harmful," Blagojevich said. "I also oppose guilt by association. Ms. Muhammad didn't say those thing.

    Meanwhile, Blagojevich is being accused of "appeasement" and cowardice by gubernatorial rival Edwin Eisendrath, who trails badly in the Democratic primary. Republicans are also calling for Blagojevich to remove Muhammad.

    Blagojevich's appointment of Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad to the commission in August went largely unnoticed until she invited fellow commissioners to a speech last month by her boss, Louis Farrakhan, who is known for his disparaging remarks about Jews, whites and gays

    Two GOP candidates for governor on Wednesday used the controversy surrounding a state hate crimes commission to polish their conservative credentials.

    State Sen. Bill Brady announced he was proposing legislation to ban state funding for gubernatorial commissions unless their members are approved by the Senate.

    Five members of the Governor's Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crime have resigned amid frustrations over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of a high-ranking Nation of Islam official to the group.

    But Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who also serves on the commission, said a private meeting would violate the state Open Meetings Act which requires groups funded by taxpayer money to do business in public.

    Brady’s fellow Republican, Jim Oberweis, on Wednesday called on Blagojevich to remove Rick Garcia from the hate crimes commission. Garcia is political director for the gay rights group Equality Illinois.

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    Racial and ethnic minorities are protected under Maryland hate crime laws, but what about homeless people? Or women? Or members of the military?

    A bill before the Senate Thursday sparked a discussion of how far hate crimes laws should go. Under the bill, homelessness would also be a criteria for prosecution of a hate crime. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Alex Mooney, talked about homeless men who'd be beaten by people who considered them "trash" or "bums."

    Sen. Sharon Grosfeld of Montgomery County, suggested adding gender to the hate crime list. That proposal was rejected. Grosfeld' next idea, to add handicapped people to the law. Lawmakers have yet to consider separate bills that would add military veterans or service personnel to the list.

    "Maybe we ought to just make murder a hate crime and ratchet up the penalty for murder," said Astle (D-Anne Arundel County).

    As one could predict the me too bills had the effect of killing the bill making the attack of homeless people a hate crime in a close Senate vote.

    Supporters say the bill, sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, a Frederick County Republican, would make Maryland the first state in the country to make the homeless a protected class of people.

    The same argument has been raised in other parts of the country. Just a little more than three weeks ago, people were upset, briefly, to read about the plight of Scott Capella, the 30-year-old homeless man who was set on fire in a senseless attack in Langone Park in the North End, Boston, Massachuesetts.

    The crime was so vicious it was surprising to hear from Representative Barry R. Feingold yesterday. Finegold, as it turns out, has not forgotten about the attack. He said he will file a bill today to classify attacks on homeless people as a hate crime.

    Joe Finn, executive director of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, said he thought it took attention away from other issues. Generally, when we talk about hate crimes among the homeless, one of the problems I have with that is that it's one step closer to accepting that they're going to be on the street.

    Of course the other question arises as to the matter of intent in hate crimes which is the litmus test of that makes a crime a hate crime. How would prosecutors be able to say with certainty that assailants knew they were attacking a homeless person?

    In Florida that doesn’t seem to be a problem. A bill from the House of the Floridia legislature could face stiffer penalties under a bill that a House panel approved Monday.

    The House Justice Council voted for legislation (HB 809) that establishes a three-year prison sentence or a $10,000 fine for assaulting a homeless person. The bill also makes the offense a hate crime.

    The legislation comes on the heels of March beatings in Fort Lauderdale, where three teenagers were charged with beating three homeless men, one to death.

    Violent assaults against homeless people are not a recent phenomenon, but they often fall below the radar of media coverage and public consciousness. According to a report by the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), hate crimes against homeless people led to the deaths of 13 homeless people in 2005.

    Eighty-six acts of violence against homeless people occurred in 2005. This statistic does not include the many cases of rape perpetrated against homeless people or the many murder cases, but police could not identify any suspects.

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    A few months ago a 16-year-old Jewish girl was kidnapped, the family says, but her parents decided not to go to the police and paid 100,000 euros in ransom.

    Authorities have linked the same gang that kidnapped the 16 year old Jewish girl tried to extort money from a founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders. Also targeted were the director of the Arte TV channel, a Paris lawyer and the head of a supermarket chain, the newspaper reported, citing police officials

    Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday Halimi's attackers were motivated by greed.

    Another Jew Ilan Halimi(23) was lured, on February 21, 2006, by a woman for a date ended up kidnapped, tortured with cigarette burns to his body for three weeks until his naked body was dumped in the streets where French authorities found him.

    The government, however has been reluctant to call both Jewish kidnappings, the 16 year old Jewish girl and 23 year old Ilan Halimi a hate crime as authorities have struggled to strike a balance between suppressing anti-Semitism among the country's large Muslim population and addressing rising anti-Islamic sentiments in the broader population.

    The length of the investigation of Halimi abduction was slowed down by Muslim rage and rioting earlier this year over feelings of inequality.

    The police dismissed charges by Halimi's family and Jewish groups that anti-Semitism had contributed to the crime until one of the suspects revealed his disdain for Jews

    Trained and seasoned police found literature linking the perpetrators, whose age ranged between 17 to 32, to insurgent fundamentalist Muslim causes. The literature froze the actions of the French police. Ilan Halimi’s fate was caught between the rage of Muslims identity in France and French appeasement.

    French authorities encouraged Halimi's mother, Ruth, to stop communicating by phone with the kidnappers forcing them to use e-mail again. Five days later the police told them not to answer their phone or respond to text messages. There were dozens of them. On Thursday they found Ilan dead.

    On Febrary 23, 2006, after Halimi was found dead the founder of the Muslim fundamentalist, Yousef Fofama, ran to the Ivory Coast. The 26 year old mastermind was known to other Muslim thugs as the 'Brains of the Barbarians', Yousef Fofana was found alive and returned to England to face justice.

    By February 26, 2006 Organizers had asked for a silent vigil, but some protesters chanted "Justice for Ilan" or carried banners with slogans such as "No to a racist France" or "Ilan tortured, France wounded.

    The anti-Semitic overtones stunned France's Jewish community of 500,000, many of whom joined the march in Paris or smaller marches in Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux on Sunday

    French officials have only commented the gang has been operating an extortion ring for several years, often targeting Jews.

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    Vladimir Putin, President of Russia said: "The surge in crimes related to xenophobia, and ethnic and racial intolerance is shameful."

    In Russia, groups like skinheads are gaining momentum from poverty and lack of job opportunities and targeting immigrants and ethnic minorities for their troubles.

    According to the report, the Russian population is declining by 750,000 people annually.

    However, economists argue that immigrants, with college educations and willing to work for cheaper pay, are needed to help combat the massive numbers of Russians leaving every year.

    "There is a dangerous trend that expresses itself in violence and some political parties are exploiting this trend, exploiting racism," Diene said at a news conference wrapping up his fact-finding trip to Russia.

    Several unidentified assailants attacked two women, aged 28 and 34, both of them citizens of Kyrgyzstan of Kazakh origin, in St. Petersburg's Kalininsky district early on Saturday.

    The two women, who were vendors in a street kiosk, were returning home from work and one of them was talking over a cell phone in the Kazakh language. Three young men attacked them, stabbing one of the women to death. The second woman suffered serious knife wounds and was hospitalized.

    They did not steal cash, jewelry or the cell phone where the dead woman was practicing her freedom of speech, but in a different language.

    Ethnic enmity figures among the main motives behind the murder of a female Kyrgyz citizen in St. Petersburg.

    Russia has seen a marked rise in xenophobia and hate crimes in recent years, with a series of attacks on dark-skinned migrants, foreigners and Jews. Rights groups say authorities do little or nothing to combat the crimes.

    On Monday, the Moscow City Court sentenced Alexander Koptsev, 21, to 13 years in prison for attempted murder in the January incident. But the court cleared Koptsev of a second charge, inciting ethnic or religious hatred, effectively refusing to treat his crime as an act of anti-Semitism. The defense is expected to appeal.

    Russian Jewish groups has sharply criticized the verdict of a man found guilty of stabbing nine people in a Moscow synagogue because the court failed to call the attack a hate crime.

    Berel Lazar, one of Russia’s chief rabbis said. I’m concerned by a nearly maniacal unwillingness of the courts to qualify crimes of this type as inciting ethnic and religious hatred.

    In August, the Moscow Bureau For Human Rights released a report saying half of Russians questioned expressed support for nationalist slogans such as "Russia for Russians."

    July 2002, the felons put the booby-trapped poster with "Death to Jews" slogan on a road near Tomsk. Exactly as they had planned, an explosion went off when two passing men tried to remove it. The two men were hospitalized with shrapnel injuries as a result of the shell’s explosion, triggered by a trip wire hooked below the poster.

    As opportunity presented itself to these two bombers they twice spilled mercury in a local restaurant owned by a Jewish person. The investigation showed that they also tried to blow up the Synagogue in Tomsk and committed two murders

    Victor Lukyanchikov, an owner of a local bakery, admitted to being guilty of terrorism, banditry and incitement of national hatred. For these crimes, he was sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison. Another participant of the group, Igor Kirillov, received 20 years in prison, while the third member of the group, Vladimir Istomin, received a conditional penalty of six years and one month followed by a four-year probationary period.

    According to the Moscow-based Sova human rights center, last year 31 murders and 382 assaults had racist motivations.

    A Siberian court jailed Tuesday five skinheads convicted of race-hate crimes for between six and ten years and gave three others suspended sentences.

    The "Brotherhood of Skinheads," as the group called itself, was detained in 2002 on suspicion of assaulting dark-skinned people from former Soviet republics. In one such attack, an ethnic Tajik was stabbed 18 times. A search of their homes uncovered extremist paraphernalia, books, and audiocassettes.

    In one of the latest incidents, four teenagers suspected of the murder of an Armenian man on a commuter train two weeks ago were arrested in the Moscow Region Monday.

    The trial of eight teenagers accused of murdering a young Tajik girl last year in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second city and the scene of frequent racially motivated crimes. The court found one teenager not guilty and the seven others guilty of hooliganism.

    They stabbed her to death and savagely battered her father and her 11-year-old cousin.

    The trial takes place amid fears that extremist groups are becoming more aggressive, and comes just weeks after a Peruvian student was beaten to death in a southern Russian city.

    Critics of Russian law enforcement agencies say they often treat the racially motivated attacks that plague the country as random violence -- or "hooliganism" -- and human rights groups say extremists are emboldened by the lack of will to act on the part of authorities.

    The prosecutor-general's office said Monday that Moscow prosecutors must reclassify their investigation into a weekend beating of a singer from the North Caucasus region from charges of hooliganism to a hate crime.

    The order highlighted growing pressure on Russian law enforcement organs to go after skinheads after a series of blatantly racist assaults have been handled as ordinary crimes.

    Zaur Tutov, who also serves as culture minister in his native Kabardino-Balkariya republic in southern Russia, was beaten Saturday by 15-20 young men who he said were shouting racist slogans.

    A Russian TV producer from the Caucasus said a group of men in the Moscow metro had picked a fight with him after telling him he had no place in Russia.

    In February 2004, a group of teenagers armed with chains, metal rods, and knives attacked 9-year-old Khursheda Sultonova near her home in St. Petersburg.

    So far in 2006, 14 people have been killed in xenophobic attacks.

    Some 1,000 protesters took to the street to denounce a wave of racist attacks in Saint Petersburg.

    Several dozen protesters rallied outside the Russian Embassy in Yerevan, protesting a series of attacks on ethnic Armenians in Russia by skinheads and racist nationalists, The Associated Press reports.

    The demonstration, organized by rights activists, came just 10 days after a group of apparent skinheads stabbed a teenager on a train outside of Moscow — the sixth such fatal attack on ethnic Armenians in or around Moscow this year.

    Avetik Ishkhanian, head of the Helsinki Committee of Yerevan, said protesters were calling on government authorities to condemn the Moscow attacks.

    A U.N. human rights investigator on Friday voiced concern about the rise of xenophobia in Russia and urged the government to step up efforts to combat it.

    Doudou Diene, special rapporteur to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, charged certain Russian political parties were spreading racist and xenophobic ideas. He also pointed to a rise in hate crimes and urged authorities to take stronger efforts to investigate them.

    Rights groups say authorities do little or nothing to combat the crimes. Prosecutions are rare, with many hate crimes treated as hooliganism, an offense that brings only short sentences.

    Vologada is a city of over 200,000 people in northwestern Russia. Oblast in English means zone

    The Vologda Oblast Court on May 25 overturned an earlier decision by the Vologda City Court against Anna Smirnova, who is editor in chief of the small weekly "Nash region," Interfax reported.

    Smirnova hailed the latest ruling, saying that it was unexpected and shows that the oblast court is "professional and unbiased."

    Smirnova was charged with inciting national, racial, and religious hatred in connection with a February article entitled "The Cartoon War: Viewpoints," which was accompanied by the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad

    St. Petersburg's governor moved to downplay Wednesday the city's image as a center of Russian race hate and suggested that the roots for a number of racially motivated crimes lay in Moscow.

    Russia's second city is set to receive the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations in July but has been beset by negative publicity since the start of the year centering on killings and other attacks purportedly carried out by neo-Nazis.

    "The crimes were engineered by people who tried to discredit the city ahead of the summit. We know the perpetrators," said Governor Valentina Matviyenko. "The traces apparently lead to Moscow,"

    The governor's statement followed an announcement from St. Petersburg Prosecutor Sergei Zaitsev that an eight-member extremist gang suspected of being involved in the killing of a student from Senegal and other crimes had been broken up.

    But Matviyenko warned against labeling St. Petersburg, which has a population of 4.5 million, as a capital of xenophobia and drew a parallel with a serial killer in the southern Russian city of Rostov.

    But, A Senegalese university student was slain in St. Petersburg early this morning in what investigators are considering a possible hate crime.

    The victim was gunned down as he and a group of fellow African students were leaving a night club. The killing comes as the city -- and Russia as a whole -- is experiencing a wave of racially motivate crimes.

    Lamzar Samba was a fifth-year student at St. Petersburg's Communications Institute who belonged to African Unity, a human rights organization that represents the interests of the city's African emigre community.

    AP quoted the city's deputy prosecutor, Andrei Lavrenko, as telling NTV television that a hunting gun decorated with a swastika was found at the crime scene.

    The Public Chamber is calling on the State Duma to bar "extremist" candidates from running for office in what appears to be a broader campaign against nationalists.

    Mark Urnov, a political scientist at Moscow's Higher School of Economics, noted that there was no clear definition of "extremism."

    Neither the country's civil nor criminal codes define extremism, Nasonov said. A 2002 anti-extremism law fails to distinguish extremist crimes from others, he said.

    The Kremlin is afraid of growing nationalism in our country," Markov said. "They are afraid that through the elections, extremist organizations could be legitimized.

    Against a mounting backdrop of xenophobic murders and attacks, authorities have sought to beat back the hate. But the campaign has a political subtext that raises questions about its real goals.

    Some in the opposition have dismissed as a publicity stunt an "antifascist pact" signed by a number of political parties in February. Meanwhile, seemingly sanctioned "antifascist" rhetoric -- particularly as trumpeted by the Kremlin-sponsored youth movement Nashi (Us) -- has tended to fixate on vocal foes of the Kremlin.

    30 murders motivated by ethnic and religious hatred have been committed in Russia this year, president of the Union of Armenians in Russia Ara Abramyan said.

    He added that 390 racially motivated attacks had been registered in Russia in 2005, and that seven Armenians had been killed in the country this year alone, Ekho Moskvy radio reported Wednesday.

    Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said on May 17 that some 6,000 young people under the age of 18 were involved in extremist activities in Russia.

    On April 4, the Moscow-based daily "Novye izvestia" commented that an official campaign against "fascism" and hate crimes is under way in order to channel political protests so that they do not focus on the authorities, and to present President Putin's Unified Russia party in a favorable light.

    Human Rights First urges world leaders attending the G8 Summit to take advantage of the opportunity to call on President Putin to recommit to the democratic values of the G8, and to establish a set of clear benchmarks against which Russia will be held accountable by the time of next year’s Summit.

    Under the guise of stabilizing civil society and fighting terrorism, the organization argues, President Putin recently signed the “NGO law” that is expected to greatly restrict the activities of Russian NGOs and foreign human rights organizations based in Russia.

    However, a state-run television station ran a documentary falsely accusing four respected Russian human rights organizations of accepting money from alleged British spies.

    Russian authorities continue to target human rights defenders through false prosecutions. For example, Stanislav Dmitrievsky, editor of a human rights newspaper, was convicted of inciting ethnic hatred under counter-extremism laws for publishing articles calling for peace in Chechnya.

    Racist violence is on the rise, HRF concludes; in the past year, NGOs have documented hundreds of cases of assaults — including murder — against immigrants and minorities.

    But hate crimes aren't just along ethic lines. Moscow police moved quickly Saturday to end an unsanctioned gay pride march and prevent a counter demonstration from organizing in the Russian capital.

    More than 1,000 police officers were put on full alert Saturday, May 27, when Alekseyev and other organizers said they would ignore a court ruling upholding Mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s decision not to issue a parade permit. Alekseyev was arrested as he was preparing to lead a group to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin, the Interfax news agency reported.

    While police were blocking the gay march other officers were rounding up skinheads, members of a far right political groups.

    The gay pride march was to have been part of an international LGBT conference being held in Moscow. Gay rights leaders from throughout Europe were attending the conference. It is not known if any foreign nationals were arrested.

    Moscow is the only major world capital not to have a LGBT pride parade. In denying the parade permit Luzhkov said he was concerned about potential violence. But on Russian Radio on Friday he cited moral reasons for the ban. ”I believe that such a parade is inadmissible in our country above all for moral considerations. People should not make public their deviations,“ he said.

    AP quoted Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov as saying during a radio interview yesterday that gay-pride parades ”may be acceptable for some kind of progressive, in some sense, countries in the West. But it is absolutely unacceptable for Moscow, for Russia.“ ”As long as I am mayor, we will not permit these parades to be conducted,“ Luzhkov said.

    Last month, ultranationalists and Russian Orthodox activists attacked two Moscow gay nightclubs, throwing bottles, rocks, and eggs at party-goers and chanting homophobic insults.

    As a final note, reported by St.PetersburgTimes.Com on March 27, 2006 a nine year old African Russian girl was hospitalized iwth stab wounds following a attack of suspected teenagers in busy downtown metro station in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Her mother doesn't want to tell her nine year old she was stabbed for the color of her skin. The mother hesitates and finally she's won't understand it anyway, she's nine years old.

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    Ken Livingstone, the London Mayor, has been found guilty of bringing his office into disrepute by comparing a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard, and has been suspended for four weeks beginning March 1..

    He persisted with a line of comment likening the journalist's job to a concentration camp guard despite being told that the journalist was Jewish and found it offensive to be asked if he was a German war criminal.

    The suspended Mayor of London said of the tribunal result: "This decision strikes at the heart of democracy. Elected politicians should only be able to be removed by the voters or for breaking the law

    Mr. Livingstone is Mayor of over 7 million people in London.

    Also on February 20, 2006, David Irving, was sentenced in Austria for three years in prison in a attempt to fuel anti-semetism.

    Since 1945 Austria makes National Socialist or neo-Nazi organizations illegal to form and to incite neo-Nazi activity. Thus, self educated David Irving was finally sentenced to three years in prison for his speeches and books denying the Holocaust in WWII.

    Mr. Irving has spoken and written books for students and interested parties, the Holocaust never existed. He insists Adolf Hitler knew nothing of the six million Jews murdered in WWII labor camps. Irving has been a hero to neo-Nazis and neo-fascist.

    Before facing a judge in court for sentencing he admitted he was wrong about some of his research.

    Austria's Verbotsgesetz convicts, on average, twenty five people a year for a maximum of twenty years in an attempt to curb an uprise of tensions and hate crimes.

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