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 also recommended.

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Articles/programs Details
549. 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 re
550. Sheriff Lucas: Placards hung from trees in park were ‘misguided’ attempt at social dialogue / Six placards attached to nooses were hung in a park in Milwaukee. They contained the names and photographs of black people killed by the police and private citizens. It appeared to be racist taunting. / 2020-06-
Type of hoax: suspected


Milwaukee WI

Police say the six placards attached to nooses and the names of black citizens killed by the police or by private citizens were not put there by racists, but by a black man who was trying to 'invoke a community dialogue about "how Black and brown men and women are dying"'. The placards were hung in a park in Milwaukee. It appeared to be racist taunting. But investigators now say that they were put there by a black man. The police decided that no crime was committed.