ADL Condemns Cross Burning Reported In Charles County, Maryland

Washington, DC, October 22, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned reported vandalism found on the front lawn of an interracial family's private residence in Charles County, MD.  The vandalism allegedly included a cross burning on the family's property.

"This clear act of intimidation is intolerable and must be condemned by the entire community," said Emily Hollenberg, ADL Assistant Regional Director. "Law enforcement's concerted effort to bring the perpetrators in this case to justice sends the appropriate message of the seriousness of this criminal act and the community's intolerance of hatred and bigotry."

ADL commends the Charles County Police Department for their immediate response and vigorous investigation of the incident as a presumed hate crime.

Hate crime statutes have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.  Many of those laws are based on a model statute crafted by ADL, which has long been in the forefront of national and state efforts to deter and counteract hate-motivated criminal activity.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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