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July 18, 2013 0

Arizona Aryan Brotherhood Member Convicted Of Hate Crime For Threatening Phoenix Officer

A Phoenix jury on July 10, 2013, con­victed a self-professed mem­ber of the Ari­zona Aryan Broth­er­hood, Brian Lee Harm, of one felony count of threat­en­ing the Phoenix Police Depart­ment offi­cer who had arrested him for tres­pass­ing in August 2012.  The con­vic­tion included a hate crime enhancement.brian-lee-harm

Accord­ing to the police report filed after Harm’s arrest, the offi­cer encoun­tered Harm while respond­ing to a call about a white male wav­ing his hands in the air and yelling at pass­ing vehi­cles.   When the offi­cer found him, Harm—who matched the descrip­tion called in—was attempt­ing to force open the slid­ing glass doors of a nearby office build­ing.  The offi­cer, and a sec­ond offi­cer who soon arrived at the scene, spoke with Harm and even­tu­ally placed him under arrest for trespassing. 

Fol­low­ing his arrest, Harm became angry and abu­sive, soon laps­ing into repeated crude eth­nic slurs.  Accord­ing to the offi­cer, Harm’s rhetoric esca­lated, with Harm threat­en­ing to injure or kill the offi­cer and to “make trou­ble” for all offi­cers in the area.  When Harm stated that he was a mem­ber of the Aryan Broth­er­hood (a ref­er­ence to the Ari­zona Aryan Broth­er­hood, a large and vio­lent white suprema­cist prison gang), the offi­cer began record­ing Harm’s remarks.

Among the recorded remarks Harm made was a threat to “beat nig­ger chil­dren, too, I don’t fu–in’ care.”  Harm said that he would have “all my Broth­er­hood broth­ers” come to the neigh­bor­hood and “you’ll pay the ulti­mate price.”  He told the offi­cer that “ni—rs won’t be safe in this neigh­bor­hood” and that “it’s gonna be tough to go out to din­ner for you now.”  His remarks included many more sim­i­lar com­ments, includ­ing addi­tional threats.

Pros­e­cu­tors charged harm with felony threat­en­ing or intim­i­dat­ing as well as assist­ing a crim­i­nal street gang.  In Harm’s July 2013 trial, the jury acquit­ted Harm of the assist­ing a gang charge but found him guilty of threat­en­ing or intim­i­dat­ing.  Fur­ther­more, in the aggra­va­tion phase of delib­er­a­tions, the jury found that the offense involved the inflic­tion or threat­ened inflic­tion of seri­ous phys­i­cal injury, that the defen­dant com­mit­ted the offense with the intent to pro­mote, fur­ther or assist crim­i­nal con­duct by a crim­i­nal street gang, and that the offense was a bias crime (i.e., a hate crime).

Harm is cur­rently in the Mari­copa County Jail await­ing sentencing.

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July 17, 2013 33

Ventura County Deputies Kill White Supremacist Who Pointed Handgun

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Daniel Houfek, at center

Deputies with the Ven­tura County, Cal­i­for­nia, Sheriff’s Depart­ment shot and killed a promi­nent local white suprema­cist, Daniel Cur­tis Houfek, 42, on the evening of July 12, fol­low­ing a short vehi­cle pur­suit and confrontation.

Houfek was one of the lead­ers of the Dead­line Fam­ily Skins (also known as Dead­line Skins or Skin­heads), a hard­core racist skin­head gang with around two dozen active mem­bers in the Santa Clarita area.  Mem­bers also oper­ate in the Ante­lope Val­ley and Ven­tura region.  Houfek, also known as “Danny Boy,” owned and oper­ated a tat­too par­lor, dubbed Dead­line Tat­too, in Ven­tura (often used as a meet­ing place for the group).  A num­ber of Dead­line Skins have tat­toos cour­tesy of Houfek, includ­ing tat­toos of the group’s logo and com­bat boots.

On July 12, the Ven­tura Sheriff’s Depart­ment received a call about a sus­pi­cious man sit­ting in a parked car near a Girl Scout lodge in Oak View.  Deputies found the vehi­cle, with Houfek in it, but Houfek sped off, lead­ing offi­cers on a brief vehi­cle chase.  Accord­ing to police, Houfek soon stopped his vehi­cle and exited it with a hand­gun.  The pur­su­ing deputies fired at Houfek after he allegedly pointed it at them, fatally wound­ing him.  He died at the scene.

This inci­dent is the 36th known shooting/shootout con­fronta­tion between extrem­ists and law enforce­ment offi­cers in the United States since 2009, accord­ing to Anti-Defamation League records.

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July 2, 2013 0

Member Of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Indicted After Violent Police Chase

On June 5, a Comal County, Texas, grand jury indicted a mem­ber of the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas (ABT), one of the nation’s largest racist prison gangs, on numer­ous charges related to a 2012 high speed police chase.  The indict­ment charged ABT mem­ber Jimmy Ray “Okla­homa” Owen, 32, with aggra­vated assault against a pub­lic ser­vant with a deadly weapon, aggra­vated assault with a deadly weapon, evad­ing arrest with a vehi­cle and crim­i­nal mischief.aryan-brotherhood-texas-tatoo

The police chase began in Octo­ber 2012 after a police offi­cer in Bul­verde, north of San Anto­nio, spot­ted a pickup truck that had been reported stolen.  The offi­cer tried to stop the truck, but the dri­ver, Owen, allegedly refused to stop. A chase ensued in which Owen report­edly rammed two law enforce­ment vehi­cles before los­ing con­trol of the truck and hit­ting another vehi­cle. The col­li­sion flung Owen from the truck.

After the col­li­sion, offi­cers allegedly found cocaine and a hand­gun in Owen’s vehi­cle.  Owen was injured in the col­li­sion, so offi­cers trans­ported him to a hos­pi­tal in San Anto­nio for treat­ment.  How­ever, Owen allegedly escaped from the hos­pi­tal.  U.S. Mar­shals were able to locate Owen at a San Anto­nio hotel sev­eral days later. 

Vio­lence com­mit­ted by ABT mem­bers is com­mon; from its incep­tion in the mid-1980s, the ABT has been one of the most vio­lent gangs of any type in Texas.  Cur­rently, the ABT is the most vio­lent white suprema­cist group in the United States.   In Novem­ber 2012, a fed­eral grand jury in Hous­ton indicted 34 ABT mem­bers for allegedly con­spir­ing to par­tic­i­pate in rack­e­teer­ing activ­i­ties, three mur­ders, mul­ti­ple attempted mur­ders, kid­nap­pings, assaults, and con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute metham­phet­a­mine and cocaine.  Sev­eral mem­bers have already pleaded guilty. 

The Anti-Defamation League recently released a new report on the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas, detail­ing its ori­gins, beliefs, orga­ni­za­tion, and violence.

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