Police officers arrested New Jersey white supremacist radio host Hal Turner for inciting injury to three government officials in Connecticut.
Officers with the Connecticut State Capitol Police, with the assistance of the North Bergen, New Jersey, Police Department, arrested Turner on June 3, 2009, at his North Bergen home.
Turner, 47, who has long used the Internet to promote his violent rhetoric and influence others who share his views, is charged with inciting injury to persons or property.
Connecticut Capitol Police obtained an arrest warrant for Turner after he posted several statements on his Internet blog urging his readers to "take up arms" against two Connecticut lawmakers and an official with the Connecticut Office of State Ethics.
In his blog, Turner went on to state that he would be posting the home addresses of a Connecticut state representative, senator and member of the ethics office.
Turner's comments stem from a current debate over control of the Roman Catholic Church, and a recent federal lawsuit filed by the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, against state ethics officials who are currently investigating church officials for possible lobbying laws violations.
Turner posted, "It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally…If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they're going to get uppity with us about this; I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down too."
Turner has only recently returned to the airwaves after an eight month absence. In early July 2008, shortly after accusations that he may be an informant began to surface among other white supremacists, Turner announced that he was shutting down both his Web site and radio show. His last broadcast was on July 30, and his racist Web site halturnershow.com closed in mid-August. Turner cited financial difficulties as the reason. Soon after shutting those down, Turner launched a blogspot, which was seemingly a reincarnation of his old Web site. On March 11, 2009, Turner announced on his blogspot that he would be bringing back his radio show, and aired the first broadcast live on March 25.
In April 2009, Turner launched an Internet "game" he calls, "The Vigilante Justice Game." In this game Turner posts pictures, home addresses, and phone numbers of executives he feels are connected to the current economic crisis in America, and designates those individuals as "deserving vigilante justice." On April 22, Turner posted an article on his site about the suicide of mortgage company Freddie Mac's CFO David Kellermann in Virginia. The article implied that Kellermann was lynched. Turner then brags about using his radio show "for the purpose of inciting violence against those who caused the financial mess" and states that "vigilantes like me will be coming for those folks … to lynch the people who did this." On his April 23 show, Turner stated that Kellermann did not kill himself, but was murdered, shot and then hanged as retaliation for what Turner called Kellerman's "money scams."
Turner has made menacing statements towards groups he perceives as enemies, which include federal and local officials, law enforcement officers, illegal aliens and Jews for many years. Since the spring of 2005, Turner has urged the listeners of his Internet radio show and his Web site to target federal judges and law enforcement officials and to beat and murder illegal aliens. He has also advocated torturing and killing Jews and attacking yeshivas.
Turner is due in court in New Jersey on June 4, and is then expected to be extradited to Connecticut.