At a Glance | May 14

Arkansas Man Arrested After 16 Homemade Explosive Devices Seized by Authorities


Authorities arrested an Arkansas man after discovering a combined 16 pipe bombs at his residence and his ex-girlfriend’s home over the course of a week. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said it found 14 of what appeared to be homemade explosive devices inside a container buried in the yard of James Patrick Huff (right) on May 7. Authorities linked Huff, 47, to two other pipe bombs located on May 1 where his ex-girlfriend lives. She reported to police that Huff had threatened and harassed her before her landlord discovered the explosives. Authorities said Huff admitted to burying the bombs in both instances. Huff’s mother claimed her late husband built the bombs about 10 years ago out of fear that the United States would descend into martial law and the President was helping ISIS. She said she asked him to destroy the bombs, but Huff found them while cleaning out a shed after his father died in December. Huff remains in jail without bond and is charged with 16 counts of criminal use of prohibited weapons and one count of possession of firearms by certain persons.

South Carolina Man Tried to Hire White Supremacists to Kill African-American Neighbor

A South Carolina man faces federal charges after authorities said he reached out to a white supremacist group to help kill his African-American neighbor. On May 8, a federal grand jury indicted Brandon Cory Lecroy on one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and one count of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. The FBI investigated Lecroy, 25, after a confidential informant reported he contacted a white supremacist group in search of assistance to murder his neighbor. Lecroy spoke with an undercover agent on March 20 and offered $500 to hang the neighbor from a tree and place a flaming cross in the front yard. When they spoke again two days later, Lecroy discussed ways to commit the killing and plans to take over the neighbor’s property. He also requested a ghost gun with a promise of more jobs. Authorities arrested Lecroy on April 9 after he met with the agent and pointed out the neighbor’s home, paid $100 as a down payment, and discussed future targets. Lecroy could get up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.y 2

ADL Report Finds 4.2 Million Anti-Semitic Posts on Twitter During One-Year Period

A new study from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) discovered 4.2 million English-language tweets of an anti-Semitic nature over a 12-month period on Twitter. The ADL released its findings on May 7 after reviewing a random sample of 55,000 posts, including retweets, on the social media platform between January 29, 2017, and January 28, 2018. An estimated three million unique Twitter handles were responsible for the anti-Semitic posts. The report noted that the number of anti-Semitic tweets was small compared to the trillions of tweets the platform sees each year; however, “that does not negate the lived experience of Jews who have found Twitter to be a toxic environment.” The ADL sought tweets referencing anti-Semitic stereotypes, personalities, conspiracy theories, epithets, code words, and symbols, as well as cases of Holocaust denial. Instances of sarcasm and the use of anti-Semitic language to condemn it were removed from the results. Events such as the revelation of sexual assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and then-White House spokesman Sean Spicer saying Adolph Hitler did not using chemical weapons resulted in a spike of anti-Semitic activity.

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