ADL: Connecticut sees rise in hate group incidents in recent months
In the last four months, the Anti-Defamation League in Connecticut says there's been an increased hate group presence in the state.
"Connecticut has been the 16th most-targeted state in 2021," says Stacey Sobel, ADL's Connecticut regional director.
The ADL says 20 towns across the state were hit with hate-filled flyers. Back on July 5, residents in the Town of Berlin woke up to flyers in the street and on their front lawns.
“…Over 1 in every 10 Connecticut towns has experienced a white supremacist flyering incident," says Sobel.
Kenneth Gray, a retired FBI special agent and senior lecturer at the University of New Haven, says the types of actions of these groups are important to note.
"So, you can have a hate group that may be supportive of [flyering], but without any acts of violence, you can't characterize them as a terrorist group," he says.
ADL says as the presence of hate groups continues to rise, so do antisemitic incidents.
"Nationwide the increase was 34% but in Connecticut in the past year – the increase is 42%," says Sobel.
According to an ADL report in April, there were 10 more incidents in Connecticut consisting of harassment and vandalism. They say many are likely unreported.
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