Mississippi Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning

The Justice Department announced that Axel C. Cox, 23, has been charged with hate crime and arson violations for burning a cross in his front yard to threaten, interfere with and intimidate a Black family in Gulfport, Mississippi.


Former New Orleans Police Officer Charged with Civil Rights Violation for Sexual Assault

The Justice Department filed a bill of information charging Rodney Vicknair, 55, a former police officer with the New Orleans Police Department, with sexually assaulting a victim in violation of that victim’s constitutional rights.


West Virginia Man Charged with Federal Civil Rights Offenses for Sexual Assault of Two Victims

A former parole officer with the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation was arrested today after being charged in federal court with civil rights violations, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators.


Idaho White Supremacist Who Assaulted a Black Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime and False Statement Charge

An Idaho man pleaded guilty today to hate crime and false statement charges in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.


Four Former Georgia Correctional Officers Sentenced for Assaults on Inmate and Cover-Up

Four former supervisory and deputy correctional officers at the Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta, Georgia, were sentenced today in federal court in the Middle District of Georgia for their roles in orchestrating, administering and then seeking to conceal the beating of a handcuffed inmate in their custody.


Oregon Man Pleads Guilty for Planned Parenthood Property Destruction

An Oregon man pleaded guilty today after twice breaking windows and destroying property at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grants Pass, Oregon, because the clinic provides reproductive health services.