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Tennessee Man Indicted for Hate Crime : The Department of Justice today announced that Christopher Beckham, 32, of Nashville, Tennessee, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Tennessee on charges of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and lying to the FBI. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee made the announcement.

According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 24, 2017, in the Middle District of Tennessee, Beckham saw two teenage girls wearing hijabs and said “Allahu Akbar!” and “Go back to your country!”  He then attacked the girls’ father by swinging a knife and punching at him, and shouted derogatory comments at the family.  Moreover, according to the indictment, on or about March 12, 2018, Beckham falsely claimed to FBI special agents that he saw the girls trying to break into cars; that he never swung a knife at their father; and that, after he pulled out his knife, the girls yelled “Allahu Akbar!,” and then either one or both of them hit him on the back of the head. Read more

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Tennessee Man Indicted for Hate Crime : The Department of Justice today announced that Christopher Beckham, 32, of Nashville, Tennessee, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Tennessee on charges of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and lying to the FBI. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee made the announcement.

Tennessee Man Indicted for Hate Crime : The Department of Justice today announced that Christopher Beckham, 32, of Nashville, Tennessee, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Tennessee on charges of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and lying to the FBI. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee made the announcement.