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Upholding the Legacy of Those We Lost on September 11th: President Obama Weekly Address

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WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders, and those who have served our country. The President said that although a lot has changed over the past  15 years, the core values that define us as Americans have remained the same. As Americans we are resilient, we will never give into fear, and we will always look out for one another. Our strength is in our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, and our fair treatment of everyone – no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith. The President said that’s part of what makes our country great – and if we uphold those values, we will carry on the legacy of those we lost and keep our nation strong and free.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00AM EDT, September 10, 2016.

President Barack Obama Weekly Address
The White House

President Barack Obama: Fifteen years ago, a September day that began like any other became one of the darkest in our nation’s history. The Twin Towers were reduced to rubble. The Pentagon was in flames. A Pennsylvania field burned with the wreckage of an airplane. And nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost. Sons and daughters, husbands and wives, neighbors and colleagues and friends. They were from all walks of life, all races and religions, all colors and creeds, from across America and around the world.

This weekend, we honor their memory once more. We stand with the survivors who still bear the scars of that day. We thank the first responders who risked everything to save others. And we salute a generation of Americans—our men and women in uniform, diplomats and our intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals — who serve, and have given their lives, to help keep us safe.

A lot has changed over these past 15 years. We’ve delivered devastating blows to the al Qaeda leaders that attacked us on 9/11. We delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. We’ve strengthened our homeland security. We’ve prevented attacks. We’ve saved lives.

At the same time, the terrorist threat has evolved, as we’ve seen so tragically from Boston to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to Orlando. So in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond, we’ll stay relentless against terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL. We will destroy them. And we’ll keep doing everything in our power to protect our homeland.

As we reflect on these past 15 years, it’s also important to remember what has not changed—the core values that define us as Americans. The resilience that sustains us. After all, terrorists will never be able to defeat the United States. Their only hope is to terrorize us into changing who we are or our way of life. That’s why we Americans will never give in to fear. And it’s why this weekend we remember the true spirit of 9/11. We’re still the America of heroes who ran into harm’s way; of ordinary folks who took down the hijackers; of families who turned their pain into hope. We are still the America that looks out for one another, bound by our shared belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. /p>

In the face of terrorism, how we respond matters. We cannot give in to those who would divide us. We cannot react in ways that erode the fabric of our society. Because it’s our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, our treating of everybody fairly—no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith—that’s part of what makes our country great. It’s what makes us resilient. And if we stay true to those values, we’ll uphold the legacy of those we’ve lost, and keep our nation strong and free. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

4Th Week of Non-Violence Includes 16 U.S. & Global Cities

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Civic leaders in the U.S. and overseas are helping to launch the 4th Annual 2016 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities, October 15-23, 2016, sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change and the Positive Change Foundation.


In a joint statement Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester, National Co-Chairs of Black Women for Positive Change said,


“Over the past 3 years, we have organized events in 10 U.S. Cities and the United Kingdom, to promote violence prevention among youth, adults and law enforcement. This year we are pleased to see the network of cities expand to 16 cities to promote awareness of violence prevention.”  Dr. Myers and Delegate Hester continued, “Our goal is to ‘Change the Culture of Violence in America, and the World’ and we invite people of all backgrounds, religions and ethnicities to organize local events in their cities. Everyone must work together to help youth and adults learn how to resolve conflicts and manage their anger without violence.”


The National Co-Chair for the 2016 Week of Non-Violence is Kevin Judd, Esq. President of the National Bar Association. National partners are the National Black Nurses Association; National Bar Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) and Church of God in Christ, Inc. Elected officials supporting the 2016 Week of Non-Violence include: Congressman Elijah Cummings, MD, Congressman John Lewis, GA; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; WDC, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh, PA, and former Alexandria, Virginia Mayor William Euille.


As of August 2016, organizations in the following cities are planning local, or on-line events including Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA.; Washington, DC, Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD, St. Louis, MO; Albuquerque, NM; Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Houston, Texas; Hampton Roads, VA; London, UK; Port-au-Prince, Haiti (t); Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa.


“Since 2013, we have reached over 180,000 individuals directly at faith institutions, civic events, schools, youth clubs and through the media with violence prevention messages,” said Karen Carrington and Bernadette Tolson, Co-Chairs of BW4PC Media and Events in a joint statement.  “We encourage more cities to organize non-violence activities to help build trust between youth and law enforcement, and to help youth with anger management, stopping bullying and other forms of conflicts.”


If an organization wants to join the 2016 Week of Non-Violence movement they can sign up at: www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org or, email Bkwomen4poschange@gmail.com.




Black Women Physicians Celebrate 35 Years

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 The Star Gala: Celebrating a Spectacular Past, Illuminating a Brighter Future, Will Salute Two Amazing Honorees


Los Angeles, CA — On October 1, 2016, the Association of Black Women Physicians will open its welcome door inviting everyone to celebrate their 35th Anniversary of successful community giving and health education that has empowered generations of Black women. Pat Harvey, CBS2/KCAL9 award-winning and internationally recognized broadcast journalist, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Her career has been stellar.

The Lifetime Achievement Award deservingly will be presented to Dr. Alice Tolbert Coombs. Her incredible journey began in Compton, CA and led her to medical training at the prestigious Mass General Hospital and Presidency of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Both honorees are truly outstanding Black women.

Just as Radio KJLH host Adai Lamar wakes up Los Angeles every weekday morning, she will certainly keep this audience awake as the Mistress of Ceremony. This Annual Charity and Scholarship Benefit funds scholarships for extraordinary medical students. This year, $30,000 will be awarded to these exceptional women who, in turn, will provide future culturally sensitive medical care targeted to impact underserved patients and communities. The Benefit also funds the numerous signature community and medical programs sponsored by ABWP.

The Star Gala will be filled with many other unforgettable surprises beginning at 6pm on October 1, 2016 at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at 900 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit www.blackwomenphysicians.org or call (310) 881-2761.
About ABWP
Founded in 1982, the Association of Black Women Physicians consistently has addressed the health and wellness of underserved communities and the physicians who care for them. These volunteers conduct community health education workshops, advocate medical legislative issues, serve as mentors and raise scholarship funds for deserving medical students. ABWP is an award-winning association recognized by multiple national and California medical organizations including the California Medical Association Foundation and the National Medical Association.

Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AssociationofBlackWomenPhysicians


Sec’y of State Jesse White Urges Student Readers to Enter “Letters About Literature” Competition

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Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades 4 through 12 to enter the 2017 “Letters About Literature” contest — a national reading and writing competition funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Library of Congress through the Secretary of State’s Illinois Center for the Book program.

“Letters About Literature” invites students to read a book, poem or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world. Students can enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations.

“Every year thousands of students in Illinois enjoy participating in this inspiring competition,” said White. “Illinois has had more entries than any other state for nine years in a row. Anyone who has read past letters can see how literature inspires and touches the lives of our young people. I encourage all our students to take part in Letters About Literature, and I hope their participation leads to a lifetime of reading.”

There are three levels of participation: Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8 and Level III for grades 9-12. One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 cash award.

Teachers of the winning students will receive a $100 cash award to purchase materials for their school library. Winners and teachers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield. The state winners’letters will be forwarded for national judging.

The deadline to enter the competition is Friday, December 2, 2016 for Level III and Monday,

January 9, 2017 for Levels I and II. State winners will be announced in April 2017. For more   information about the competition, contact Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or bmatheis@ilsos.net.

Information also is available at http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book/.


Advocates of Community Control of Police to Attend City Council Meeting Wednesday; Will Hold Press Conference at City Hall

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People from community organizations, labor unions, and religious leaders will converge again on the meeting of the City Council this Wednesday, September 14, 2016 to demand enactment of the legislation creating and empowering an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). This legislation was introduced in the Council by Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa on July 20 (Record #O2016-5707) and has the support of Aldermen Moreno, Sadlowski Garza, Foulkes, Brookins, Maldonado, Santiago, Mitts, and Pawer.
 A news conference will be held at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall,  121 N. LaSalle,  2nd Floor, outside the Council chamber, before the Council meeting.

They say Rahm Emanuel and his allies in the City Council, including the so-called “progressive caucus”, are on the run, dodging the demands of the people for the only just and democratic solution to police crime and abuse spiraling out of control in Chicago. Over nine months’ worth of “public hearings” have been held beginning with the mayor’s appointed Police Accountability Task Force and culminating with the “progressive caucus” neighborhood hearings. The people testifying at these hearings overwhelmingly demanded CPAC and community control of the police. By the final hearings the cries for CPAC were nearly unanimous. Over 3,000 marched on City Hall for CPAC last August and at least as many again just this past July. The Chicago Alliance has gathered almost 40,000 signatures in support of the ordinance throughout Chicago, and the offices of many aldermen have been inundated with postcards urging them to support it.

The Mayor is trying to hoodwink the people with a newly appointed police oversight body that continues to be unaccountable to the people. No matter how often he reschedules the introduction of his phony solution, we, the people will be there to stop his royal decree. They locked us and Chicago teachers out of the Council chambers on June 22. The people will continue to hammer on that door, and that loud roar you hear is the people winning. “We need CPAC, and the time to pass it is NOW!”

For more information, contact:
Frank Chapman 312-513-3795 email: fchapman@naarpr.org  or
ed Pearson 312-927-2689 email: tpearson@naarpr.org

FBI Arrests Serial Bank Robber

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The FBI announces the arrest of Jose Tamayo, 50, of Miami, Florida, for his alleged involvement in three bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery.

The bank robberies include:

  • August 13, 2016, TD Bank at 9005 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami Shores;
  • September 4, 2016, TD Bank, same address as above;
  • September 6, 2016, attempted robbery at TD Bank 11626 Hallandale Beach Blvd. in Hallandale;
  • September 9, 2016, Capital Bank at 1390 South Dixie Hwy in Coral Gables.

The arrest was made on September 9, 2016 without incident in Miami by the FBI’s South Florida Violent Crime Task Force (SFVCTF).

Tamayo is allegedly the individual at the counter in the Miami Shores robberies. The black Ford Ranger XLT has been seized. A second individual in the robberies is still at large and investigators continue to urge anyone who may have information as to the identity of that robber to call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or Crimestoppers.

Tamayo is in federal custody and is facing federal charges. His initial appearance is expected to be September 12, 2016 in Federal Court, Miami.

The investigation continues and involves the following law enforcement agencies:

  • Miami Shores Police Department
  • Hallandale Beach Police Department
  • Hollywood Police Department
  • City of Miami Police Department
  • Miami-Dade Police Department
  • Coral Gables Police Department

No further information will be released at this time.

Source: FBI

Ace Cash Express Continues to Support Menzfit, an Organization Dedicated to Assisting Low-Income Men

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Washington, DC – To assist MenzFit in the organization’s ongoing effort to provide clothing assistance and financial literacy education to individuals seeking to enter into the nation’s workforce, ACE Cash Express, Inc., recently donated $7,500 to the group. MenzFit’s primary mission has been to “ensure long-term gainful employment and financial fitness to low-income men” in the Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC areas.

“For nearly a decade, we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with ACE Cash Express,” says MenzFit’s Founder & President Rhonda Willingham. “We are very appreciative of the continued support that ACE has given our organization as we strive to help men to become financially fit.”

Founded in 2001, with offices in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, MenzFit is an educational, non-profit organization whose client base are veterans, terminated or laid-off workers, recent immigrants, recovering addicts, the disabled, homeless, ex-offenders and public assistance recipients.

“ACE continues to be a proud partner of MenzFit, in support of their mission to provide resources for those entering or re-entering the job market,” said Eric Norrington, SVP of Public Affairs at ACE. “MenzFit’s focus on financial literacy aligns with ACE’s mission to provide support for underserved communities, and together we have helped hundreds of people advance their lives and careers.”

MenzFit has been a partner of ACE Cash Express for almost ten years as part of ACE’s corporate-giving program, the “ACE Community Fund.” Headquartered in Irving, TX, with more than 1,000 locations nationwide, ACE Cash Express is one of the nation’s leading retailers of financial services. #MenzFit, #ACECashExpress

For more information about the partnership between ACE Cash Express and MenzFit, go to:


Photo Caption: MenzFit founder and President, Rhonda Willingham (right) and Willie Wiggins (left), District Manager, a 20-year employee for ACE Cash Express, in Washington, DC. Photo: Robert Roberts

IDOC and IDHS Partner to Improve Care for Mentally Ill Offenders

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced a joint effort to enhance the delivery of services for IDOC offenders who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The two state agencies entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on September 7th, 2016, which allows the IDOC to utilize a portion of the Elgin Mental Health Center (EMHC) as an inpatient mental health treatment facility.

The IGA satisfies a provision outlined in the Settlement Agreement reached in the Rasho v. Baldwin case, a class action lawsuit which lingered in the courts since 2007. Governor Rauner’s commitment to improving the state’s correctional system put the settlement of the case on a fast track and his administration worked with the IDOC legal team to reach a suitable agreement, avoiding costly litigation and the perpetual judicial oversight that would have resulted had the parties entered into a consent decree rather than this settlement.  

The EMHC is currently a forensic hospital, serving patients who may have been found not-guilty of crimes by reason of insanity or those who were unfit to stand trial. The IDOC will transform the Jenks and Dix units at the EMHC into a secure mental health facility, where patients who have been committed to IDOC custody by the courts, will receive short-term, psychiatric care. The goal is to help stabilize seriously mentally ill offenders who are having difficulty coping in the prison environment, improve their correctional outcomes, and increase safety for all offenders, IDOC staff, and the citizens of Illinois.

“This is the most fundamental change that the state of Illinois is undertaking to try to solve a serious problem in its prison system,” said IDOC Director John Baldwin. “Prisons were not designed to be mental health facilities but we must adjust to this reality. This new inpatient treatment program will allow us to provide focused care for seriously mentally ill offenders and help them deal with daily stressors of a prison environment.”

“This is a tremendous step forward for the State of Illinois,” added IDHS Secretary James Dimas. “We are committed to working with the Illinois Department of Corrections to implement a new process, expanding treatment for offenders with serious mental illness. A focus on rehabilitation will help them adjust to their current situation while providing them with the tools necessary to establish lifelong stability once they are released.”

The IDOC will be responsible for staffing the units, treating the offenders, and making necessary renovations to ensure the units meet security standards and mental health regulations. Forensic patients who are currently housed at the Jenks and Dix units will be relocated.

The Rasho v Baldwin Settlement Agreement, which was approved in May of 2016, also requires the Department to boost staffing levels, update its policies, ensure mental health professionals are included in disciplinary decisions for offenders on the mental health caseload, and bring four residential treatment units online at Dixon, Pontiac, and Logan Correctional Centers, and the former Illinois Youth Center in Joliet.

The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation Presented its 8th Annual “Evolution of Gospel” Celebration September 12th

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Honorees were Gospel Music Legends Edwin Hawkins and Hezekiah Walker, Philanthropist and Kennedy Center Trustee Reginald Van Lee and Congressman G.K. Butterfield

Featured at the event were Gospel Music Performances by Donald Lawrence, Marvin Sapp,Karen Clark-Sheard, Charles Jenkins, Allen Chapel A.M.E. One Accord Choir, Stacy J & Unified Praise and the WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir

HOUSTON, TX – The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation (@gmhmonth) held its eighth annual “Evolution of Gospel,” which commemorated the month of September as Gospel Music Heritage Month (GMHM). The celebration presented inspirational and exhilarating music performances by some of Gospel music’s biggest stars and honored individuals who have made significant contributions to the rich legacy of Gospel music in America. The “Evolution of Gospel” was held on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7 p.m. EDT at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

This year’s honorees were composer/producer/vocalist Edwin Hawkins; Grammy® Award-winning singer/composer and choir leader Bishop Hezekiah Walker and philanthropist and Kennedy Center Board of Trustee Reginald Van Lee. In addition, The Gospel Music Heritage Foundation will pay tribute to Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The awards event was hosted by Grammy® Award-winning gospel music singer and television host Dr. Bobby Jones and Stellar Award winning musical artist Lonnie Hunter. Presenters included Deborah F. Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Musical tributes were rendered by some of the most anointed gospel vocalists and choirs, including, McDonald’s Gospel Inspirational Tour artists Donald Lawrence, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Charles Jenkins, Canton Jones, Johnathan McReynolds, Doug Williams, Allen Chapel A.M.E. One Accord Choir, Stacy J & Unified Praise, and the WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir. The event was produced by Ernest Walker of Walker Entertainment Group.

In 2008, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced historic resolution, H.J. Res. 90 which established September as Gospel Music Heritage Month across the nation. Advocates joining Congresswoman Lee in support of the recognition were gospel music advocate Carl Davis; UP TV Founder and President Charley Humbard, and entertainment executive Alvin Williams. With additional support from Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), the bipartisan passage of the bill helped to usher in a new national focus to honor gospel music for its valuable and longstanding contributions to the culture of the United States. Subsequently Congresswoman Lee led the effort with Carl Davis to create the Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation that celebrates gospel music annually and honors the music as a national treasure.

Congresswoman Lee said of the event, “I am excited as we prepare to celebrate the 8th Annual Gospel Music Heritage Month Celebration at the world renowned Kennedy Center. The Gospel Music Heritage Month Celebration is the nation’s singular event of significance commemorating gospel music history. This year presents one of our best celebrations as we honor four of America’s greatest advocates and beneficiaries of gospel music. Gospel music has a prominent place in the history of America and it has impacted the entire world for generations.”

Carl Davis, chairman of the Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation stated, “This year the “Evolution of Gospel” will honor two gospel icons, Edwin Hawkins, Bishop Hezekiah Walker as well as Kennedy Center Trustee & philanthropist Reginald Van Lee and Congressman G. K. Butterfield all for their contributions to the fabric of this nation. The efficacy of these individuals has impacted the genre of gospel music with historical relevance and meaning. They have indelibly written on the consciousness of the human spirit the unyielding power of the gospel through song.”

This year the Gospel Music Heritage Month’s “Evolution of Gospel” joined McDonald’s 10th Annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. The “Evolution of Gospel” is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Reginald Van Lee, Walker Entertainment Group and Faith Based Communications.
Previous distinguished honorees of the “Evolution of Gospel” acknowledged for their major contribution to the legacy of gospel music, include gospel icons and trailblazers: Rev. Shirley Caesar, Rev. Andraé Crouch (posthumously) and Richard Smallwood; Grammy® Award-winning gospel artists Kirk Franklin and Yolonda Adams; civil rights pioneer Rev. Jesse Jackson; Senator Blanch Lincoln (D-AR); Chairperson and Founder of Radio One Cathy Hughes; President and Founder of UP TV Charley Humbard; Chairman and CEO of Central City Productions and producer of the Stellar Awards Don Jackson; Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), who was honored in conjunction with the Foundation’s salute to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; and, CEO of Capital
Christian Music Group Bill Hearn.
Follow the Foundation and honorees at:
* Edwin Hawkins on Twitter @iamEdwinHawkins
* Bishop Hezekiah Walker on Twitter @HezekiahWalker
* Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee on Twitter @JacksonLeeTX18

* Gospel Music Advocate Carl Davis on Twitter @Carlddavis

About Gospel Music Heritage Month

Gospel Music Heritage Month was created by Congressional resolution in 2008 to celebrate and educate people about the rich history of gospel music. GMHM honors a true American art form for its vast contributions to our culture, bringing a message of hope and inspiration to people of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. People are encouraged to celebrate Gospel Music Heritage Month by attending concerts, events, watching and listening to gospel music, learning and reading about gospel music and more.

About Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation
The Foundation was established six years ago to celebrate and educate people everywhere about the rich heritage of the gospel music genre through word and song by gospel music advocate Carl Davis. In 2008, Congresswoman Jackson Lee and Senator Lincoln led the passing of a resolution in both chambers declaring September as “Gospel Music Heritage Month.” In each year since its establishment, both local and global celebrations have been held to educate and entertain diverse audiences about the rich history and legacy of gospel.

Pasco County Men Charged In Cross Burning

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Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced the unsealing of an indictment charging William A. Dennis (55, Spring Hill) and Thomas Herris Sigler, III (45, Land O’ Lakes) with conspiracy to interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their constitutionally protected housing rights. Dennis is also charged with making false statements to federal law enforcement officers. If convicted on all counts, Dennis faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison, and Sigler faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the indictment, in 2012, Dennis and Sigler were living on Seward Drive in Port Richey. After an interracial couple moved next door to the house where Sigler was residing, the men repeatedly made racial slurs and racially derogatory statements to the African-American neighbor, which escalated to verbal and physical threats.

On Halloween night, Dennis and Sigler attended a party at a neighbor’s house, where they and several other Seward Drive residents conspired to burn a cross in the African-American man’s yard to intimidate him. The conspirators constructed a wooden cross and obtained a flammable liquid to pour on the cross. They then carried the cross to the victims’ front yard, leaned it against the victims’ mailbox, and lit the cross on fire.

“Hate-motivated crimes will not be tolerated in our community,” said U.S. Attorney Bentley. “This case underscores our commitment to prosecute those who commit crimes driven by hatred or intolerance.”

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Josephine W. Thomas and Simon A. Gaugush, with assistance from the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Source: FBI

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