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An Air Force recruit investigated while undergoing basic training in San Antonio for his alleged participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection has been charged with attacking police, the Express-News reports.

Aiden Henry Bilyard, 19, was arrested last week in Raleigh, N.C., and faces charges of assaulting law enforcement with a dangerous weapon, physical violence in a restricted building and civil disorder, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement.

The Cary, N.C. resident entered basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in July and was questioned by the FBI three weeks later about the U.S. Capitol attack, the Express-News reports. He was subsequently ejected from the service, according to the daily.

Bilyard was captured on video shot Jan. 6 at the Capitol discharging a canister of what's believed to be “bear spray,” an irritant rioters used on police officers, according to the Justice Department. Additional footage shows the suspect breaking a window with a bat and entering a Senate room, authorities also allege.

Read more: San Antonio Current

Not long before a 19-year-old San Diego County nursing student opened fire in a Poway synagogue, a hate crime that killed a congregant and wounded three others, he espoused ideology that alarmed his classmates.
John T. Earnest shared white supremist material with at least two of his Cal State San Marcos classmates, according to a newly obtained court filing. He studied Hitler. He had a copy of the manifesto of the man who shot up two New Zealand mosques in March 2019 — and he liked it.

Two fellow nursing students took their concerns about Earnest to a professor, who reported it up the chain at the university. An investigation followed, and university police were part of the team.

But, according to the court filing, because Earnest had made no threats or displayed any acts of violence, he was not arrested or pulled from school.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

As the faithful prepared for the Sabbath a day before Hanukkah, the Homestead Jewish Center was vandalized with an anti-Semitic banner early Saturday morning, police say. 

At least one vandal scaled the fence outside the center, which is also the site of the Temple Hatikvah synagogue, and hung a sheet that read “the goyim know 88,” according to a joint press release issued Monday by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Anti-Defamation League. The message is a combination of two frequently-used anti-Semitic messages — “the goyim know” and “88.” 

The “goyim know” relates to the racist trope that Jewish people secretly control institutes of power like banking and the media, and refers to panic among Jews that non-Jews, the goyim, are on to the plot, according to the ADL. The number 88, on the other hand, translates to “heil Hitler,” because “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet, the ADL said.

Read more: Miami Herald

It was early Thanksgiving morning, before daylight. 1971.

Across the country, families were in bed asleep, dreaming of the food and festivities that the next morning would bring. The case was no different for Reverend J.D. Jackson’s family in Rochester, NY — at first.

Then the call came.

Rev. Jackson answered the phone. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church at 351 Joseph Avenue — the church he pastored — had been bombed. 

"He said to me, 'I have to go to church. The church has been bombed,'" his wife, Josetta Jackson, remembered, 50 years later.

She refused to let her husband go alone, not knowing what would be waiting for him. She got their children, ages 4 and 5, together carrying along their bed pillows. She loaded them into the car and the family headed to the church.

There was a swarm of police cars and fire trucks. An officer stopped the family and, after identifying him, told Rev. Jackson that he would have to get into a police car to ride further and see the damage. He had to leave his wife and children in their car, nervously waiting.

Read more: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Nine people injured during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, are entitled to more than $25 million in financial compensation, a jury declared Tuesday in reaching a partial verdict. But it could not agree on the most serious claims that the defendants — about two dozen white supremacists, neo-Nazis and key organizers — engaged in a conspiracy to commit violence under federal law.

The jury of 11 deliberated for more than three days following four weeks of testimony in the civil trial in a federal court in Charlottesville. The plaintiffs, all from Charlottesville, described broken bones, the bloodshed and emotional trauma resulting from the mayhem. The defendants, some self-described racists and white nationalists, argued they were exercising their First Amendment rights in organizing and participating in the rally.

The case, known as Sines v. Kessler, was the first major lawsuit in years to be tried under the so-called Ku Klux Klan Act, a rarely used federal law codified after the Civil War. It was installed to diminish the power of white supremacists and protect African Americans, prohibiting discrimination in voting and other rights.

Read more: NBC News