fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa

The purpose of this site is to compile a comprehensive database of the false reports of "hate crimes" committed (mostly) in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the original book on this subject. The books Hate Crime Hoax and Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics are recommended, as are the websites Watching the Watchdogs and Fake Hate Map.

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402. Two black men are in custody after allegedly committing a hate crime against students at Ohio State ... 2020-09-02 Columbus OH https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=15775 OSU students furious after university reports Black-on-White 'hate crime' / Student Solidarity at Ohio State University clarified that this assault, combined with a racial slur, could not be a 'hate crime' - "OSU sent out an email on Friday confirming that the alleged victims / 2020-09-27
401. Laila Anita Bertheussen, who is a member of a right-wing anti-immigration party, is accused of vanda... 2018-12-01 Oslo Norway https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/norway-woman... Norway woman on trial for staging attacks blamed on anti-racists / An unusual putative fake hate crime - right-wingers alleged to have invented attacks from 'anti-racists'. The partner of Norway's former justice minister is on trial, accused of staging attacks agai / 2020-09-08
400. Sabrina Belcher, 29, was arrested and charged with filing a false police report of a felony and cons... 2020-08-18 Sumter SC https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/aug/21/sa... Candidate faked her own kidnapping, beating in election ploy, police say / Police say Sabrina Belcher, who is running for mayor in Sumter SC, faked her own kidnapping and beating in a Facebook video in an attempt to pin the attack on an opponent. / 2020-08-21
399. CA Attorney General Kamala Harris charged Mark Feigin with making a hate call to a Los Angeles mosqu... 2016-09-01 Los Angeles CA https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/26/us/hate-crime-pr... Mosque threat charge dropped in court but not in news release / Kamala Harris's successor, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, touted his office's prosecution of a man who "called in death threats" to a Los Angeles mosque. "We will not turn a blind eye t / 2018-01-27
398. Untenured professor of neuroscience and MeTooSTEM founder BethAnn McLaughlin, admitted through her l... 2020-02-01 Nashville Tennessee https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/twitter-acc... Twitter account of embattled #MeTooSTEM founder suspended / Untenured professor of neuroscience and MeTooSTEM founder BethAnn McLaughlin, admitted through her lawyer admitted of creating a fake Twitter account with fake confessions of racism at Universities an / 2020-08-03
397. Althea Bernstein says that one of the boys “threw a lit lighter” at her to ignite the fluid. Since d... 2020-06-24 Madison WI https://rkeefe57.wordpress.com/2020/08/01/the-myste... The Mysterious Case of Althea Bernstein / A woman claims to have been assaulted with cigarette lighters by 'frat boys' in Madison Wisconsin. There was a Black Lives Matter protest going on there at the time. / 2020-07-30
396. Police believe student that reported the hate crime placed racist notes himself. 2020-06-24 College Station TX https://www.kbtx.com/2020/07/10/texas-am-police-say... Texas A&M police say student who reported racist notes placed them there himself / Man who reported threatening and racist notes left on his car was found to be the likely perpetrator after police investigate security footage of the parking lot. / 2020-07-09
395. Reddit banned the subreddit 'hatecrimehoaxes', but it has been replaced with 'hoaxhatecrimes'. Reddi... 2020-07-09 New York NY https://www.reddit.com/r/hatecrimehoaxes Hate Crime Hoaxes / r/hatecrimehoaxes has been banned from Reddit This community was banned for violating Reddit’s rule against promoting hate. / 2020-07-09
394. "Victim" confessed to staging hoax. 2020-06-24 Hermiston, Umatilla County Oregon https://www.eastoregonian.com/news/local/county-com... County commission candidate confesses to writing racist letter / A racist letter that Umatilla County commissioner candidate Jonathan Lopez claimed was left anonymously in his mailbox was written by Lopez himself, according to Lopez and Hermiston Police Chief Jason / 2020-07-06
393. "Several witnesses identified Lopez, who had frequented the park, as the shooter," The Courier Journ... 2020-06-27 Louisville KY http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=61563 'White Supremacist Mass Shooter' At Jefferson Square Park Turns Out to Be Hispanic Homeless Man Steven Lopez / Twitter exploded with the claim that a 'white supremacist' was shooting Black Lives Matter protestors in a park in Louisville. For example, the actor Daniel Newman, who has nearly 1 million followers
392. Police say the six placards attached to nooses and the names of black citizens killed by the police ... 2020-06-22 Milwaukee WI https://fox6now.com/2020/06/22/mcso-photos-of-peopl... MCSO: Photos of people killed in encounters with law enforcement found hanging from nooses in Riverside Park / The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after six laminated cards were found attached to a tree with nooses in Riverside Park Saturday, June 20. MCSO officials said in a news release
391. NASCAR "noose" turns out to be a garage-door pull-rope 2020-06-21 Talladega AL https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/06/22/is-... UPDATE: Proved to a Certainty – Is Bubba Wallace “Rope Noose” a Hoax or Misunderstanding? All Talladega Garage Doors Have Nooses – NASCAR Video Evidence… / Noose reported in black NASCAR driver's automotive garage stall proved to be nothing more than a rope loop for pulling down the overhead garage door. Same
390. The suspect is black, and has admitted to graffiti against black people 2020-01-01 Wicomico MD https://www.thecollegefix.com/confirmed-vandal-behi... CONFIRMED: Vandal behind racist graffiti at Salisbury University … is black / Salisbury University experienced massive racial unrest after a series of racist graffiti was discovered on campus over the course of the 2019-20 school year. The public, Maryland-based university ca / 2020-06-11
389. The memorial is to 49 gay people murdered by an Islamic extremist in 2016. It's possible that a whit... 2020-05-10 Orlando FL https://www.newsweek.com/memorial-pulse-nightclub-s... Memorial for Pulse nightclub shooting defaced by white supremacists / A mural paying tribute to the victims of the 2016 mass shooting at Orlando, Florida's Pulse nightclub has been vandalized by white supremacists - according to Newsweek. A sticker from 'Patriot Front' w / 2020-05-15
388. The Georgia police allege that, following the shooting of black man Ahmaud Arberry, and protests to ... 2020-05-09 Midway GA https://archive.is/gTSMa GBI Makes Arrest for Terroristic Threats Related to the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Investigation / This is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation announcement. It says Rashawn Smith has been arrrested and charged with making terroristic threats. It alleges that, following the shooting of black man Ahmaud / 2020-05-10
387. Michigan State University has told students not to use the term 'Chinese' to describe coronavirus, b... 2020-04-02 Lansing MI https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=14675 MSU tells students the 'correct term' for 'Chinese Virus' / In an email sent by Michigan State University on April 2, eight recommendations were given to handle COVID-19. Staff, faculty, and students were encouraged to sign MSU’s “Hate Has No Home Here” pledge. / 2020-04-07
386. A student who reported herself as a victim of a hate crime has been charged with faking it. She alle... 2019-11-01 La Verne CA https://www.thecollegefix.com/college-student-charg... College student charged with faking hate crime against herself / California’s La Verne Police Department said it determined that last year’s “series of threats” against a University of La Verne student group and its leader Anayeli Dominguez-Pena were actually sent b / 2020-03-11
385. From her picture, she appears not to be white. So it's likely, if she's guilty of carving the words ... 2020-03-01 Johnson City TN https://wcyb.com/news/local/jcpd-woman-arrested-for... JCPD: Woman arrested for carving "white pride" into sidewalk at JC business / A black woman has been charged with vandalism under $1,000 after authorities say she used a rock to carve "white pride" into the sidewalk at a Johnson City business. / 2020-03-03
384. Online report 2020-02-19 Southaven Mississippi https://wreg.com/news/southaven-man-who-reported-ra... Southaven man who reported racist graffiti on vehicles charged with insurance fraud / A black Mississippi man was charged with insurance fraud after he reported racist graffiti had been spray-painted on two of his vehicles. / 2020-02-28
383. Newly release video and 911 audio show employees who assaulted Popeye bodyslam victim were lying abo... 2019-11-11 Nashville Tennessee https://fox17.com/news/local/new-surveillance-video... New surveillance video released from Popeyes body slam incident in Columbia / Newly release video and 911 audio show employees who assaulted Popeye bodyslam victim were lying about every single aspect of the incident. / 2020-01-30
382. "Victim" likely sprayed his own car as part of an insurance fraud. 2020-02-02 Southaven MI https://wreg.com/news/southaven-man-who-reported-ra... Southaven man who reported racist graffiti on vehicles charged with insurance fraud / A Mississippi man was charged with insurance fraud after he reported racist graffiti had been spray-painted on two of his vehicles. / 2020-02-28
381. First reported headline was "Philadelphia Police Investigating After Mural Depicting Cecil B. Moore ... 2020-02-15 Philadelphia PA https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020/02/26/philad... Philadelphia Police Release Images Of Suspect Wanted For Spray-Painting Racial Slurs On Cecil B. Moore Mural / Philadelphia police released images of a suspect wanted for spray-painting racial slurs on the mural of a black historical figure and 2 other locations. Video shows a young black male doing the graffi
380. Police uncovered video evidence that claims of a 15 year old student being called N-word and hateful... 2020-02-03 Waukesha Wisconsin https://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/waukesha... Go Home N-Word - Student Says Athletes beat him in hateful attack; Police say that's not true / A Waukesha student involved in a parking lot brawl says it was racially motivated. Police say that's not true. A fight at a Waukesha shopping center resulted in the arrest of six Waukesha high schoo / 2020-02-04
379. Gun control activist deleted the tweet, and it seems unlikely that a real pro-gun advocate would bre... 2020-01-20 Baltimore MD https://yournews.com/2020/01/28/1423434/anti-gun-do... Anti-gun doctor accused of sending himself death threat / A gun control activist deleted a tweet claiming he was the victim of a threat after various Twitterers claimed to see inconsistencies in his story / 2020-01-28
378. A cop falsely accused McDonald’s workers of writing “f****** pig” on the officer’s coffee cup after... 2019-12-30 Herington KS https://www.yahoo.com/news/kansas-police-pig-insult... Cop Resigns After Writing 'Pig' Insult On Coffee Cup And Blaming McDonald's Workers / A police officer accused McDonald’s workers of writing “f****** pig” on the officer’s cup. Then he resigned and his boss said it was a hoax, and the pig did it himself. / 2020-01-02
377. Made-up antisemitic attack: Sean Samit reported he was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen by an unk... 2019-12-20 West Bloomfield Township MI https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oak... He told police he was stabbed for being Jewish. Then his Apple Watch caught him in a lie. / He told police he was stabbed for being Jewish. Then his Apple Watch caught him in a lie. / 2020-01-02
376. Andy Ngo cites empirical data from a human rights organisation showing that the murder of transexual... 2019-11-20 Portland Oregon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Y0frT9sP0 Andy Ngo suspended from Twitter for correcting Chelsea Clinton's claims about hate crimes / "On 27 Nov. 2019, I was interviewed on OANN about being suspended from Twitter after tweeting that there is no epidemic of trans people being killed in the U.S. Twitter deemed the tweet "hateful conduc / 2019-11-27
375. Abdirahim “Husu” Hussein, a Somali-born Finnish politician, apologised for faking a hate crime, when... 2019-11-13 Helsinki Finland https://nationalfile.com/finnish-politician-apologi... Finnish Politician Apologises for Fake Hate Crime / Abdirahim “Husu” Hussein, a Somali-born Finnish politician, apologised for faking a hate crime, when he said he had to throw someone out of a taxi for racial abuse. / 2019-11-14
374. Canadian hockey coach claimed to be victim of racial discrimination in schools where he taught, but ... 2019-10-14 Toronto ON https://www.thepostmillennial.com/he-never-taught-h... “He never taught here”: ice rink disputes claim of racism by hockey coach / A Muslim hockey coach’s story about being the victim of a parent’s hateful text message is falling apart upon scrutiny and the revelation he made a similar allegation in 2017. / 2019-10-18
373. Britain hasn't become twice as bigoted in five years. Like all Western countries, its tolerance of m... 2019-10-15 London UK http://archive.is/NM17N Hate crimes double in five years in England and Wales / The number of hate crimes reported to police has more than doubled since 2013, according to government figures, which also showed a large increase last year in offences against people based on sexual o / 2019-10-15

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