WESTBROOK, Maine (August 18, 2016) — Typewritten notes urging violence against Muslims discovered at an apartment complex in Maine are being investigated as a hate crime, but there is no evidence of an immediate threat to residents’ safety, police said.
An Iraqi man went to Westbrook police Wednesday morning and told officers that he had found a piece of paper that said “All Muslims are Terrorists should be Killed,” Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts said at an afternoon news conference.
I’m still against hate, and against hate speech. I’m also against hate speech codes, or punishing people extra for violence against protected groups.
That said, this activity is not protected. Urging violence is against the law, as it should be. The police are wrong to suggest there is no “evidence of an immediate threat…” The notes themselves are a threat.
Am I being too cynical in suggesting this might be a hoax? Lots of other hate crimes have been.