Friday, September 28, 2007
When Is a Hate Crime Not A Hate Crime?
An Anoka resident who told police that someone burned the shape of a cross into his lawn is now accused of burning the image himself.
De'Andre June told police he woke up Wednesday morning to find the charred outline of a cross in his lawn.
But the 47-year-old Anoka man is charged with falsely reporting a crime.
June has a prior record. Police say that inmates in the Anoka County Jail saw the news story about the cross and recognized June.
The inmates told police that when June was in jail with them, he said he would do something like this to get sympathy from the community, from the church, and collect donations.
June is charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process stemming from an altercation when police arrested him. He was arrested on a warrant connected to a financial fraud case.
Same story, different source (MPR)
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