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SVPete
04-27-2018, 11:37 AM
https://www.jta.org/2018/04/26/news-opinion/arrested-man-admits-toppling-100-headstones-st-louis-jewish-cemetery

Suspect admits to toppling more than 100 headstones in St. Louis Jewish cemetery


Alzado Harris, 34, was arrested on Tuesday after police matched DNA found in a jacket left at the scene of the February 2017 vandalism to Harris, who has a prior criminal history. After his arrest at his home, Harris admitted to the vandalism at the Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish cemetery, the St. Louis Dispatch reported.

Harris faces up to seven years in prison on the charge of one count of institutional vandalism. He is not charged with a bias or hate crime.

“There is no evidence to indicate the incident was racially, ethnically or religiously motivated,” University City police said in a statement. According to the police statement, Harris said that “he acted alone, was angry over a personal matter and was under the influence of drugs when he committed the offense.”

This crime was cited as an example of Trump emboldening white supremacists. Based on this article's picture of the perp I don't think he is a white supremacist. (https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/04/25/alzado-harris-charged-in-jewish-cemetery-vandalism-in-university-city)

Angry Old White Man
04-27-2018, 01:23 PM
I hope the Judge is a Jew, that would be nice

Elspeth
04-27-2018, 06:04 PM
https://www.jta.org/2018/04/26/news-opinion/arrested-man-admits-toppling-100-headstones-st-louis-jewish-cemeteryBased on this article's picture of the perp I don't think he is a white supremacist. (https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/04/25/alzado-harris-charged-in-jewish-cemetery-vandalism-in-university-city)

He looks like he might be on the autism spectrum. Maybe noonie has some insight here.

SVPete
04-27-2018, 06:33 PM
He looks like he might be on the autism spectrum. Maybe noonie has some insight here.

The guy's story sounds really off, but autistic people do respond differently to stresses. OTOH, there is a sad amount of antisemitism among blacks, so ...

Elspeth
04-27-2018, 06:40 PM
The guy's story sounds really off, but autistic people do respond differently to stresses. OTOH, there is a sad amount of antisemitism among blacks, so ...

It could be a combination of both.