A Philadelphia woman,
Kia Reid, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia to eight
months confined to a community corrections center as part of two years
supervised probation, following her conviction on a federal civil rights
charge, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
Rena J. Comisac and U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania announced.
At her guilty plea on June 22, 2007, Reid admitted to committing a
federal hate crime by sending a note threatening violence to her supervisor
at work, who is Arab and Muslim American, in an attempt to interfere with
the supervisor's federally protected employment activity. During the
early-morning hours of Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, Reid left an anonymous
threatening letter in her supervisor's office at the Sheraton Suites Hotel
in Philadelphia. Reid had affixed words and phrases which appeared to be
cut from publications, including the phrases "REMEMBER 9/11," "you and your
kids will pay," "tie onto the fence," "strategically planned," and "death."
"Attacks against individuals because of their race, ethnicity, or
religion are contemptible and un-American, and will not be tolerated,"
Acting Assistant Attorney General Rena J. Comisac said. [Link]
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