aside 3 Hate Crimes Not Covered As Extensively By Media As the Synagogue and Mailed Pipe Bombs Cases

The following 3 mass shooting cases have been covered by media outlets but not as extensively as others, like the mailing of manila envelops with IEDs to several Democrats and CNN starting on 10/22/18, all recipients of the republican President Donald Trump’s ire; and then the murder of 11 worshipers who were present at the Tree of Life Synagogue on 10/27/18.

An increase in acts of violence based on hate which started after President Trump was ensconced in the White house cannot be ignored. When the head of a country provides cover for members of hate groups, and when other Republican Party leaders are absent in condemning his ugly, hateful rhetoric, then the inevitable occurs.

While the perpetrators are to blame for their crimes, the toxic environment created by President Trump and his republican cronies, are a contributing factor where hate group members feel more emboldened to act out.

TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE

Here’s the rest of the story…

On April 19. 2018, Madison Park of CNN News penned the following report, “3 men convicted in plot to attack Somali immigrants with weapon of mass destruction”

Excerpts:

“A federal jury found three men guilty of conspiring to bomb a Kansas apartment complex to target Somali refugees.”

“The three men had plotted to blow up the complex that also contained a mosque, where the immigrants lived and worshiped, according to the Department of Justice.”
“Patrick  Eugene Stein, 49, of Kansas, Curtis Allen, 50, of Kansas, and Gavin Wright, 49, of Oklahoma, were convicted on one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy to violate the housing rights of their intended victims. In addition, Wright was also convicted of lying to the FBI.”
“The three men had “expressed hatred for the Somali immigrants, and Muslims in general and described in the most extreme and violent terms what they planned to do to them,” said US Attorney Stephen McAllister in a news briefing Wednesday.”
Attack on Somalis in Kansas thwarted, feds say
Three defendants
“During the trial, prosecutors said the men referred to Muslims as cockroaches and began plotting an attack after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, reported CNN affiliate KCWH.”
“They conspired to build and detonate a weapon of mass destruction, and chose the apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, partly because it contained a mosque, McAllister said.”
About 120 Somali immigrants live there, as many have been drawn to the city because of jobs in the meatpacking industry, reported CNN affiliate KSNW.”
The three defendants held several meetings to discuss their plan, and the FBI was tipped off by a confidential source who recorded some of their conversations. They were members of a militia group, calling itself The Crusaders and sought to “wake people up,” the DOJ said at the time they were charged in 2016.
“The defendants discussed among other plans, obtaining vehicles, filling them with explosives and parking them at the four corners of the apartment complex to create an explosion that would bring down and level the entire complex,” McAllister said.
They downloaded instructions for making homemade explosives and also tested them, he said.”
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“But defense attorneys argued that the men’s discussions hadn’t been that serious and questioned the credibility of the paid informant used by the FBI. The lawyers also said the defendants had a right to free speech, reported KSNW.”
“During the eight-month investigation, the FBI introduced an undercover agent posing as a black market arms dealer. That agent received 300 pounds of fertilizer for use in constructing a bomb from Stein and was also taken to see the building they were targeting, according to prosecutors.”
“The Department of Justice is resolute every day in fighting terrorist threats to the United States, both foreign and domestic,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement. “The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill people on the basis of their religion and national origin. That’s not just illegal — it’s immoral and unacceptable, and we’re not going to stand for it.”
“Madihha Ahussain, special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry for Muslim Advocates, said they were glad to learn of the convictions.”
“Anti-Muslim rhetoric has led to an unprecedented spike in hate violence and mosque attacks, intense radicalization of white supremacists, and a shocking disregard for the lives of American Muslims.”

See:  Attack on Somalis in Kansas thwarted, feds say

The scene after a man targeted and killed two older black shoppers at a Kroger’s supermarket in Jeffersontown, Ky., last week. / CreditTimothy D. Easley/Associated Press
On October 30, 2018, Keren Zraick of the New York Times penned the following report, “Amid Calls for Hate Crime Charges in Kroger Killings, Prosecutors Say It’s Complicated”
Excerpts:

“One of the two black grandparents killed by a white gunman on Oct. 24 at a Kroger supermarket in a suburb of Louisville, Ky., was buried on Tuesday (10/30/18). A funeral for the other is scheduled for Saturday. In the meantime, calls continue to grow for hate-crime charges to be filed in their deaths.”

“But the state prosecutor in the case, Thomas B. Wine, said Tuesday that a hate crime is not a separate offense under Kentucky law. Rather, a judge can apply the label to a charge during the sentencing process. It could stop a convict from gaining parole or probation.”

Vickie Lee Jones, 67, and Maurice E. Stallard, 69, in photos provided by their families. Both were shot dead in a Kroger supermarket in Jeffersontown, Ky.

Witnesses said the suspect, Gregory Alan Bush, fatally shot Maurice E. Stallard, 69, inside the store, and then killed Vickie Lee Jones, 67, in the parking lot. He had no known connection to either victim, or to the store, and had tried and failed to enter a nearby black church moments earlier.”

“Mr. Bush was charged with 2 counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment. He is being held in jail with bail set at $5 million. A bystander told police that Mr. Bush said, “Whites don’t kill whites,” during the attack. Even without a hate crime charge, Mr. Bush could face the death penalty if convicted.”

“The killings came amid a swirl of headlines about hatred and violence across the country: the mailings, throughout the week, of pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN, and then the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Some criticized prosecutors for not quickly bringing hate crime charges in Louisville, the way they had in Pittsburgh.”

“It’s hard to escape the conclusion that he acted with hate toward these individuals because of their race,” Mr. Wine said in a phone interview. But he said that had little practical effect on the case at this stage.”

Gregory Bush was arraigned on 2 counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment.CreditPool photo by Scott Utterback

“The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, Russell M. Coleman, is also investigating the shooting and could bring federal hate crime charges. Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, called on Mr. Coleman to do so in a statement provided to The Louisville Courier-Journal.”

“Another wrinkle: The hate crime statute in Kentucky does not apply to murder, a fact that Mr. Fischer says he will work with the Legislature to change. Mr. Wine expects to put the case before a grand jury on Wednesday, and could add or subtract charges at that time.”

 

Police and EMS respond to a shooting in the Betton Place complex Friday evening. At least four are injured and one dead of a self inflicted gunshot.
NEAR Tallahassee yoga studio

On November 3, 2018, USA Today published the report by Jeff Burlew of the Tallahasee Democrat, “Scott Beierle, suspected gunman in Tallahassee yoga studio shooting, had history of arrests for grabbing women”

Excerpts:

“The gunman who shot and killed two people and wounded at least 5 others before killing himself (11/2/18) had a history of arrests for grabbing women, according to Leon County court records.

Scott Paul Beierle, 40, was arrested in 2012 on a charge of misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing the buttocks of two women on the campus of Florida State University, according to Leon County court records. He was arrested again in 2016 on a battery charge after allegedly slapping and grabbing another women’s rear end by the swimming pool at the West Tennessee Street apartment complex where he lived.”

“The State Attorney’s Office filed information in both cases. However, prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.”

“Victim #1 stated she was at the soda fountain when she felt someone grab her buttocks,” the police report says. “She thought it may have been her boyfriend at first, and (when) she turned around she identified the male as Beierle.

“”Victim #2 stated she saw Beierle grab victim #2 and wanted to make sure she saw what she saw. Victim #2 stated the same person has (grabbed) her on the buttocks on three separate occasions over the last month.”

See: At least 3 dead, including gunman, in shooting at Tallahassee yoga studio, police say

2 comments

  1. Gronda, the Kentucky shooting was woefully undercovered. It could have been eve far worse. The US President has greased the skids for racist and bigoted extremists to come out of the wood work. Plus, by defunding domestic terrorism crime prevention to fund foreign based terrorism, we are not fighting the greater threats. Keith

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  2. Dear Keith,

    Like we’ve been saying, based on facts, statistics, etc. we are at a greater threat to be harmed by a White Supremacists than middle eastern terrorists. But this truth does not mesh with the president’s reality show beliefs where there are middle east terrorists everywhere including in the Honduran refugee caravan heading towards the USA.

    One of these days, maybe we’ll get back to implementing policies based on facts, truths, science, reality and not on conspiracy theories.

    Hugs, Gronda

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