Hate groups news roundup

Prison-gang head gets 112-year term

A prison-gang leader was given a 112-year sentence Monday for a criminal conspiracy that included distribution of drugs, assault and witness tampering, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Danny Shea, 33, was a member of the inner circle of the 211 Crew, a white-supremacist gang that takes its name from California’s penal code for robbery.

– Source: Prison-gang head gets 112-year term, Denver Post, June 24, 2008

Winnipeg mother says she tried to wipe off swastika

WINNIPEG — The mother of two children who were seized from their home after her seven-year-old daughter came to school with a swastika and other markings on her body says she tried to remove the swastika.

“I tried to wipe off the swastika on my daughter’s arm before she went to school. I tried with a baby wipe and then nail polish remover. I guess I could have tried harder,” she said in a telephone interview with The CJN.

The mother said she kicked out her husband, whom she said drew the swastika on the child, once she was served with court documents containing allegations against her by Winnipeg’s Child and Family Services (CFS).

“I didn’t understand why the school would be so alarmed. Then I saw things [in the documentation from CFS] that my daughter had said [to school officials]. My daughter was talking about a good way to kill a nigger. These aren’t things I told her. These would have been things my husband told her,” the mother said.

She added: “[My husband] never worked, so he was home with the kids. These are things that he said. I wasn’t at home to hear them€¦ There was also a drinking issue. He [my husband] was drinking and was able to hide it from me for a good period of time.”

The mother said that she learned from CFS that in addition to the swastika, her daughter had the white supremacist tag of “14/88” on her body when she went to school.

The number 14 refers to a familiar slogan containing 14 words: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The 88 represents the letters “HH” (H is the eighth letter of the alphabet), which stands for “Heil Hitler.”

The mother, who wears a silver necklace with an etching of a swastika around her neck, also told The CJN: “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know what [the tag “14/88″] means.”

– Source: Winnipeg mother says she tried to wipe off swastika, The Canadian Jewish News, June 26, 2008

Two indicted in ’98 homeless slayings in Tampa

Federal authorities have charged two more members of a hate group with the 1998 beating deaths of two homeless men in Tampa, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday.

James Robertson, 28, and Corey Hulse, 24, formerly of Tampa, have each been charged with two counts of a violent crime in aid of racketeering to commit murder. If convicted, they face life in prison.

Prosecutors described Robertson and Hulse as members of the white racist organization Tampa Blood and Honour, a skinhead group “whose members espoused the belief that white persons of Aryan descent were the superior race.”

Prosecutors said the killings took place as part of an initiation rite.

– Source: Kevin Graham, Two indicted in ’98 homeless slayings in Tampa, St. Petersburg Times, June 25, 2008

Assault may be linked to Aryan Circle

Brownwood police believe an assault early Monday morning, involving three white assailants and a white victim, may have stemmed from a dispute within a white supremacist organization.

Ryan Lockwood, 25, of Hamilton and Dustin Vaught, 24, of Clifton were booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of assault and engaging in organized criminal activity, jail records say. They are free on bonds totaling $8,500 each.

Police suspect the three assailants and the 30-year-old victim are members of the Aryan Circle. “They’re basically a white supremacist group that is basically engaged in all types of criminal activity,” Carroll said.

According to the FBI’s Web site, the Aryan Circle was founded in 1985 as a splinter group of the Texas Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.

– Source: Steve Nash, Assault may be linked to Aryan Circle, Brownwood Bulletin, June 24, 2008

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