Summer 2011 in Santa Cruz County

May 25: After a year of violent graffiti, bullying, and teachers turning a blind eye, the Santa Cruz School District finally suspended a clique of White Pride skinheads at Soquel High School. The clique first started its campaign of intimidation by yelling racist slurs during Cinco de Mayo in 2009. They were suspended for all attending the school photo shoot wearing bandanas and white shirts.

July 29/30: About 50 vehicles on the west side of Santa Cruz were vandalized with swastikas and/or slashed tires, seemingly at random. The vandalism occurred on and around Almar Street, between the hours of 11pm and 1am.

August 26: A 50-year-old white man was beaten bloody by two women and five men at approximately 2:40 p.m. on a Friday at a shopping center on Bay Avenue in Capitola. The assailants yelled “White Power” as they beat the man.

The following descriptions were obtained for four of the five male suspects: the men have short hair, shaved close to their heads, and one had a dog wearing a “camo shirt.”

The first male suspect is described as approximately 20 years old, weighing 180 pounds, with tattoos on his right arm.

The second man is the same age and weight, with a “wrestler-type body” and a brown shirt with “Cage Fighter” printed on it.

The third male suspect is described as 20-22 years old, 180 pounds and wearing a green shirt.

The fourth is approximately 18-20 years old, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a brown shirt and jeans. The victim said the fourth suspect had longer hair than the others, though it was still short. He was also described as being “very tan,” Thompson said.

No information is available at this time on the fifth man or the two women, even though the two women were arrested by Capitola police. The media evidently did not care to publish those two women’s names and mugshots, even though they routinely do this to other arrestees.


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