The previous chief of a US neo-Nazi group was sentenced to 41 months in jail on Tuesday for waging a marketing campaign to intimidate journalists and racial and non secular minorities.
John Cameron Denton, 27, of Montgomery, Texas, was convicted of finishing up dozens of “swatting” assaults throughout the USA between October 2018 and February 2019.
“Swatting” includes calling emergency companies to report bomb threats, hostage-takings or different violent exercise, forcing police SWAT groups to reply.
“Denton’s swatting actions weren’t innocent pranks; he fastidiously selected his targets to antagonize and harass spiritual and racial communities, journalists, and others in opposition to whom he held a bias or grievance,” FBI particular agent Timothy Thibault stated in an announcement.
Denton’s “swatting” targets included journalists, a Virginia college, a former US cupboard member, a historic African-American church and an Islamic Middle amongst others.
The previous chief of the Atomwaffen Division in Texas, Denton performed “swatting” assaults on no less than 134 completely different places in the USA, in response to the Justice Division.
Among the many targets was the NY city workplace of the investigative information outlet ProPublica, which had reported on Denton’s actions within the Atomwaffen Division, a violent extremist group with cells in a number of US states.
4 different Atomwaffen members had been arrested earlier this yr for threatening journalists and activists campaigning in opposition to anti-Semitism and racism.