This was a huge story in early 2017:
So it’s worth following up on before it drops down the memory hole forever. It’s a classic example that not all phony hate crimes are intentional hate hoaxes. This allows institutions in the Hate Racket to get away with downplaying the amount of bilge they retail by defining Hate Hoaxes very narrowly.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man who toppled headstones at Jewish cemetery in U. City gets probation
By Erin Heffernan St. Louis Post-Dispatch 20 hrs ago
CLAYTON • A man who told police he toppled more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in University City in 2017 because he was drunk, on drugs and mad at a friend was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and a suspended sentence.
Alzado Harris was charged with the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in University City in February 2017.
… Harris confessed to toppling about 120 gravestones at the cemetery sometime between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, 2017, according to University City police.
The vandalism came at a time when Jewish community centers nationwide were getting a string of bomb threats — threats a different St. Louis-area man was eventually charged with making.
Tarek El-Messidi, a Muslim social justice advocate from Philadelphia, and another volunteer raised $160,000 for restoration efforts at the cemetery within a few weeks of the vandalism.
In addition to the money raised by the Muslim group, the Jewish Federation raised almost $250,000, which organizers said would go toward security upgrades not just at Chesed Shel Emeth, but all Jewish cemeteries around the St. Louis region.
Vice President Mike Pence came to town and walked the cemetery grounds alongside then-Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, assessing the damage. Pence told volunteers who turned out to help clean up the site that they showed the heart of the state and the nation.
“There is no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism,” Pence said during the visit.
But charges against Harris contained no hint of a religious or anti-Semitic motive.
“There is no evidence to indicate the incident was racially, ethnically or religiously motivated,” University City police said in a news release last year.
Instead, Harris was drunk, high on marijuana and angry at a friend, authorities said. The friend had recently dropped him off near the cemetery, and he took out his anger there, prosecutors said. He hopped the fence and began toppling headstones.
Harris has a criminal history that includes multiple burglary convictions. He’s also been convicted of stealing a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, assault and marijuana possession.