28-year-old Steven Joshua Dinkle, alleged “former Exalted Cyclops” leader of the Ku Klux Klan and his mother have both been arrested and are facing federal charges relating to a 2009 cross burning in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Ozark, Ala.
Isn’t that sweet – Mom and son going out together for cross burnings. That sort of warms you up inside, doesn’t it?
Dinkle was arrested Wednesday in Mississippi for allegedly orchestrating the cross burning and obstructing the investigation.
Talking Points Memo reports:
Dinkle was described by the DOJ as having previously held the “Exalted Cyclops” title in an Ozark, Ala. chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Dinkle “conspired with another person to burn a cross in an African-American neighborhood to threaten and intimidate residents of that neighborhood and thereby interfere with their federally protected housing rights” on May 8, 2009, the Justice Department alleges.
“Dinkle allegedly constructed a six-foot cross, wrapping jeans and a towel around it. He and his co-conspirator drove the cross to an African-American community near Johntown Road in Ozark where Dinkle poured fuel on the cross, erected it in the ground and set it on fire,” the DOJ press release said. “The indictment further contends that Dinkle obstructed justice by lying to local investigators in 2009, and federal investigators in 2012. Dinkle claimed he had withdrawn from the KKK months before the cross burning, provided a false alibi and denied knowing a person who was, in fact, his superior in the KKK.”
The DOJ describes Dinkle’s mother, Pamela Morris, as “the former secretary of the KKK chapter” and she arrested on Nov. 21 and charged with committing perjury before the grand jury investigating the cross burning.
According to the indictment, federal prosecutors said Morris “knowingly made false material declarations when she denied being involved in the Ku Klux Klan” as well as denying her son’s KKK involvement.
TPM reports, According to the DOJ, Dinkle was charged on five counts in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama including; “one count of conspiracy to violate housing rights, one count of criminal interference with the right to fair housing, one count of using fire to commit a federal felony and two counts of obstruction of justice.” As of this writing, documents from Dinkle’s case were not posted on the court’s website and the federal prosecutor’s office was unable to provide them.”
His Facebook page is inadvertently comedy gold.
Dinkle comments on a KKK rally writing, “bout fucking time someone talks with a little since.” [sic]
He links numerous times to a speed dating service. I guess it’s hard to find a good Nazi woman these days. One of his Facebook friends says he’s a ‘soldier at God updates.’
Much more at TPM