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A Michigan man has officially been charged with hate crimes after being accused of terrorizing his neighbors in an attempt to intimidate them out of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, reports the Justice Department.
According to REVOLT TV, on Wednesday, Kenneth Pilon was charged with six counts of interfering with federally protected activities, which include protests after the death of George Floyd.
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In June and July 2020 the 61-year-old Pilon reportedly frequented several establishments across the Saginaw community and left nooses with a disturbing note attached.
“An accessory to be worn with your ‘BLM’ t-shirt. Happy Protesting!” read the message inside of the letter. The notes were left in a Goodwill parking lot, the inside of 7-Eleven beverage cooler, and a Walmart parking lot.
Regina Simon believes that she and her then-husband, Donald Simon were targeted after Pilon witnessed her in the lawn of her home sporting a BLM t-shirt. A day later, the disturbing note was left in Donald’s truck along with a noose according to REVOLT TV.
“When he got in the truck, he noticed on the side of the door was this noose with a note attached to it,” said Regina. “At first I’m thinking it’s a joke, somebody trying to be funny, but then I’m like this isn’t funny.”
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Hate crimes have infested our society and left Blacks, Jews, and Asians most vulnerable throughout American history and most recently as well. And while the Biden Administration has recently passed the Antilynching Act to make lynchings a federal crime, men like Pilon still exist, along with their racist views and deeds.
After posting a photo of the note to her Facebook page, Regina was contacted by the NAACP and the FBI began investigating.
The FBI stated that Pilon was on a mission to scare and taunt people out of “participating lawfully in speech and peaceful assembly opposing the denial of Black people’s right to enjoy police protection and services free from brutality.”