An Idaho man pleaded guilty to hate crime charges and false testimony charges in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington today. Jason Stanley, 46, pleaded guilty to a hate crime for taking part in the attack on TS, a Black man, based on the man’s actual and perceived race, at a bar in Lynnwood, Washington on December 8, 2018 took place. Three other white supremacists previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the attack.
“The defendant, a known white supremacist, singled out and assaulted a black man because of his race — violent, hate-driven behavior that has no place in our society today,” said Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The convictions we have obtained in this case demonstrate that the Justice Department will continue to use all the resources at its disposal to address white supremacist violence.”
“The defendants in this case came to Washington state to commemorate their hateful embrace of white supremacy,” said US Attorney Nick Brown for the Western District of Washington. “But they didn’t find the welcoming environment they expected. The victim in this case, and those who defended her before the attack, demonstrated one of our core values in western Washington: hate has no place here. We will continue our work to prosecute those who engage in hate and prejudice crimes and to ensure the civil rights of all members of our community. This work is a top priority for the Justice Department, my office and our law enforcement partners.”
“Mr. Stanley and the other subjects in this case assaulted and injured the victim because of his race,” said Special Agent in Charge Richard A. Collodi of the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. “Until all citizens of Washington State are safe from threats and feel violence because of their race, ethnicity, gender, or creed, the FBI will continue its commitment to investigating hate crimes at the federal level and…