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July 31, 2013 0

Remembering the Hate Crime Victims at Oak Creek – And Acting

Update — August 5, 2013: ADL has joined a coali­tion of groups urg­ing the White House to also take steps to address religious-based vio­lence and discrimination.

On August 5, 2012, six Sikh wor­ship­pers were killed, and four oth­ers wounded, by a white suprema­cist skin­head at their Gur­d­wara in Oak Creek, Wis­con­sin.  The shooter then turned his gun on him­self.  Less than a week after the tragedy, US Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder. Jr.  par­tic­i­pated in a memo­r­ial ser­vice for the vic­tims, stat­ing that the crime was “an act of ter­ror­ism, an act of hatred, a hate crime.”  sikh-temple-shooting-oak-creek-anniversary

Now, one year later, we observe the anniver­sary of this tragedy, hon­or­ing the mem­ory of the vic­tims by ele­vat­ing the fight against dis­crim­i­na­tion and hate crimes – and by work­ing to ensure that all places of wor­ship will be safe.

In the after­math of the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist attacks, our nation has expe­ri­enced a dis­turb­ing num­ber of back­lash attacks against Mus­lim, Sikhs, Arabs, and South Asians.  In fact, the first bias-motivated mur­der after 9/11 was Bal­bir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh gas sta­tion owner in Mesa, Arizona. 

After the Oak Creek Gur­d­wara mur­ders, ADL Chicago/Upper Mid­west Regional Office Direc­tor Lon­nie Nasatir par­tic­i­pated in a pro­gram in Oak Creek with the US Attor­ney and FBI offi­cials to show sup­port for the com­mu­nity and ADL pro­fes­sion­als across the coun­try reached out to Sikh orga­ni­za­tions to pro­vide resources on how to keep their com­mu­nity insti­tu­tions safe.

ADL has been the national leader in pro­mot­ing improved hate crime data col­lec­tion by law enforce­ment author­i­ties.  Since 2008, the League has sup­ported requir­ing the FBI to col­lect and report spe­cific data on hate crimes directed against Sikhs, Arabs, and Hindus.  

The mur­ders at Oak Creek pro­vided addi­tional impe­tus to make this change.  And the issue was exam­ined and pro­moted in Sep­tem­ber 19 Sen­ate Judi­ciary Sub­com­mit­tee on the Con­sti­tu­tion, Civil Rights and Human Rights hear­ings on “Hate Crime and the Threat of Domes­tic Extrem­ism,” to which the League sub­mit­ted com­pre­hen­sive tes­ti­mony. 

Work­ing with Con­gres­sional cham­pi­ons, like Rep. Joseph Crow­ley, the League helped to coor­di­nate a coali­tion effort to urge the FBI to include these new hate crime data cat­e­gories as part of the Bureau’s annual hate crime report pre­pared under the 1990 Hate Crime Sta­tis­tics Act.   In May, an FBI Advi­sory Pol­icy Board rec­om­mended that the Bureau take this action.  

As we com­mem­o­rate the first anniver­sary of the tragedy at Oak Creek, we can take some solace in know­ing that our com­mu­ni­ties have done some­thing pos­i­tive to address that hor­rific inci­dent.  Col­lect­ing spe­cific data on hate crimes directed against indi­vid­u­als will increase pub­lic aware­ness, encour­age vic­tims to report these crimes, and expand exist­ing engage­ment and rela­tion­ships between law enforce­ment author­i­ties and these com­mu­ni­ties. ADL has joined a coali­tion of groups urg­ing the White House to also take steps to address religious-based vio­lence and discrimination. 

Our atten­tion now turns to work­ing with the FBI and local law enforce­ment offi­cials to pro­vide train­ing and edu­ca­tion on these crimes.

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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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March 15, 2013 0

Police Shoot Florida Sovereign Citizen During Standoff

A four-hour stand­off between police and an anti-government extrem­ist ended with the fatal shoot­ing of the extrem­ist in Navarre, Florida, on March 9.  Mem­bers of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Depart­ment SWAT team killed Jef­fery Allen Wright, 55, while attempt­ing to serve felony arrest war­rants on mul­ti­ple charges related to counterfeiting.

After deputies first arrived at Wright’s home, Wright fled to the garage, then up the stairs to the sec­ond story of the garage, where he bar­ri­caded the stair­well and fired a shot from a hand­gun.  Refus­ing com­mands to sur­ren­der, Wright allegedly repeat­edly dared police to “come and get him” and warned deputies that if they came upstairs they would “not come back down.”   The offi­cers called the SWAT team to the scene.  Wright report­edly did not respond to the over­tures of inves­ti­ga­tors and an attempt by the police to use tear gas was unsuccessful.

Later, Wright allegedly moved some of the items bar­ri­cad­ing the stairs and sat down at the top of the stair­well, hold­ing a gun.  Accord­ing to police, Wright pointed the hand­gun at SWAT offi­cers at the bot­tom of the stairs, caus­ing sev­eral of them to fire at Wright, killing him.  

The arrest war­rants against Wright stemmed from a traf­fic stop inci­dent in Sep­tem­ber 2012 when a deputy pulled Wright over for speed­ing.  Wright, an adher­ent of the anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, did not believe that the gov­ern­ment had any author­ity over him.  He was report­edly bel­liger­ent dur­ing the traf­fic stop, refus­ing to pro­vide a driver’s license or get out of his vehi­cle.  He pro­vided the arrest­ing offi­cer with an “Affi­davit of Reser­va­tion of Rights,” a phony sov­er­eign cit­i­zen doc­u­ment designed to warn offi­cers that actions against them are a vio­la­tion of the Uni­form Com­mer­cial Code (UCC) .  Wright was ulti­mately charged with resist­ing an offi­cer and obstruc­tion of jus­tice, and cited for not hav­ing a valid tag or vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion.  He later attempted to use fraud­u­lent money orders (a com­mon sov­er­eign cit­i­zen tac­tic) to pay the Santa Rosa County Clerk’s office for the cita­tions he received dur­ing the traf­fic stop; this resulted in the coun­ter­feit­ing charges.

In 2010 and again in 2012, Wright filed UCC doc­u­ments  as part of a sov­er­eign cit­i­zen tac­tic known as “redemp­tion,” a com­pli­cated set of con­spir­acy the­o­ries that allege the gov­ern­ment cre­ated fic­ti­tious dupli­cates of all Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to use as col­lat­eral for its inter­na­tional debt.  In the 2012 doc­u­ment, Wright uses typ­i­cal sov­er­eign cit­i­zen phrase­ol­ogy and sym­bol­ogy, such as declar­ing that his address is “with­out the U.S.” and putting brack­ets around the zip code (sov­er­eign cit­i­zens have spe­cific con­spir­acy the­o­ries about zip codes).

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