KKK Propaganda Left on Black Man’s Car in South Philadelphia
A South Philadelphia man found propaganda that promoted a white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, on his car on January 8. Malik Upshur, who is black, found a business card (pictured) referencing The Knights Party on the windshield of his vehicle. The car was parked on the street outside of his home, where he lives with his grandmother. They are the only black residents on the block. “I’m not intimidated. We’re here to stay,” Upshur said during a press conference with city officials and civil rights leaders two days later. The card included the slogan “For Our People and Heritage,” along with contact information and a web address for the KKK. The back of the card had the statements “Western Christian Civilization is under attack” and “White People are a World Wide minority and there are programs of Genocide against white children.” There have been 107 confirmed incidents of hate and bias reported to the Human Rights Commission in Philadelphia since November 2016, Commission on Human Relations Executive Director Rue Landau said. Police are investigating the incident to determine who was responsible for leaving the business card.
2 Dallas Men Accused of Beating, Robbing Gay Men Face Federal Hate Crime Charges
Two Dallas men who authorities said committed crimes against gay men after using a dating app to lure them to a vacant apartment face federal hate crime charges, according to an indictment unsealed on January 9. Daniel Jenkins, 19, and Michael Atkinson, 24, are accused of creating fake profiles on Grindr to target at least nine men ranging in age from 19 to 57 during the first two weeks of December 2017. The indictment said Jenkins invited the men inside when they arrived at the apartment complex before Atkinson and he assaulted, robbed, and taunted them. The men were held at gunpoint and beaten; one was sexually assaulted with an object, while another was urinated on and smeared with feces. Jenkins and Atkinson stole the victims’ wallets, cell phones, cars, and identification, according to the indictment. “Criminals are using apps like Grindr to single out victims based on their sexual orientation. My office is committed to rooting out these despicable crimes motivated by hate,” said US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox. Jenkins and Atkinson were arrested in August and are charged with conspiracy to commit hate crimes by kidnapping and carjacking, brandishing a firearm, and aiding and abetting kidnapping.
Neo-Nazi Convicted of Murdering Woman Involved in Interracial Relationship
A Neo-Nazi could face the death penalty after being found guilty on January 9 for murdering a white woman who dated a black man. Travis Ricci, 37, was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, drive-by shooting, and other charges for the incident at a Phoenix park in October 2009. Ricci fatally shot Kelly Ann Jaeger, who was 39, as she walked in the park with her boyfriend, Jeffery Wellmaker. Ricci had approached the couple and yelled racial slurs at Wellmaker. He later returned with a friend and fired shots from a vehicle that were intended for Wellmaker but hit Jaeger instead. Wellmaker was wounded. Prosecutors called the shooting a hate crime. The driver, Aaron Levi Schmidt, is serving an 11-year prison sentence for his role in the incident.