Anoka Man Fakes Hate Crime
An Anoka man was charged Friday with falsely reporting a crime after burning a cross into his own lawn and reporting it to police as a hate crime.
Anoka County Jail inmates saw a news broadcast about the cross burning, and remembered that De'Andre June had talked about carrying out a hoax like this to gain sympathy and bail money, reported the Associated Press as posted on Minnesota Public Radio's web site.
The cross burning roused the support of neighbors and human rights organizations as well as attention from the media, the Pioneer Press reported.
According to the Pioneer Press, June has a history of run-ins with the law related to a wide range of crimes.
The AP story was more or less a brief, while the Pioneer Press article contained a lot of background, a variety of sources, and a more complete account of what happened.