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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.