8 March 2011

Accused Named In Suspected Edmonton Hate Crime: James Brooks One of the Accused

Not to long ago, we learned that the White Nationalist Legion, which seemed little more than an Internet group, had folded itself into the larger Blood & Honour movement as represented by the former Aryan Guard in Calgary. We knew a few of the names of the people involved, including Bernie Miller, Kosak, and James Brooks. And now, due to their gross stupidity, we suspect we now know a few more names now:

Crimes motivated by hate, police say
The hate crimes unit of Edmonton Police has laid numerous charges against four men who allegedly assaulted two men and a woman and made hateful comments against lesbian or gay and non-white people on Whyte Avenue last month.

Police say the men — who range from 18 to 32 years in age — also distributed flyers about a white supremacist group on Whyte Avenue and the Churchill LRT station.

The offences are alleged to have occurred on the evening of Feb. 12 and into the early hours of Feb. 13. After the men allegedly distributed the flyers, they took an LRT train to the University of Alberta, and then walked to Whyte Avenue.

Police say they ended up in a bar at 103rd Street and Whyte Avenue, where they made hateful comments about people who were not white or did not appear to be heterosexual.

The men then moved on to another bar at 81st Avenue and Gateway Boulevard where they allegedly made racial comments at a 25-year-old man and punched him several times.

A 20-year-old woman was assaulted and punched in the face by the group at yet another Whyte Avenue bar, police said. The group are also accused of assaulting a 23-year-old man who tried to intervene.

James Andrew Brooks, 25, is charged with two counts of criminal harassment, two counts of assault, mischief, causing disturbance, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon.

David Roger Goodman, 18, is charged with two counts of criminal harassment, two counts of assault, mischief, causing a disturbance, and uttering threats.

Jason Anthony Anderson, 32, is charged with two counts of criminal harassment, two counts of assault, mischief, causing a disturbance, and assault.

Keith Virgil Decu, 32, is charged with criminal harassment, mischief, causing a disturbance and assault.

They were all released on bail under conditions. They will return to court on March 17.

We're not sure what the bail conditions were. Nor do we know if Brooks' most recent arrest will affect anything. But as they have stated they plan on going to Calgary for the march, at least the good folks of that fair city have a few more names to work with.

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