A white Texas man who was caught on video hanging a baby doll with a noose around its neck outside of a apartment where a black family lives has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.
Glenn Halfin, 62, admitted to a misdemeanor “federal charge of interfering with an African-American family’s housing rights,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas said July 12 in a press release. Halfin was arrested on state charges in December 2017 accusing him of stalking his neighbors, a black family that moved into his apartment complex in Grapevine, Texas, in June, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“According to court documents, Halfin threatened force, intimidated, and interfered with a family because of their race and occupancy of an apartment that was located directly above his own apartment,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the press release. The case was investigated by local police in Grapevine, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, federal prosecutors in Texas’ Northern District and attorneys from the Washington D.C.-based Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section.
Police said the “racially-charged incidents” happened between October 4, 2017, and December 19, 2017, at the Colonial Village at Grapevine apartment complex. The incidents included “a noose thrown onto their balcony and two instances where dolls were left with ropes around the necks, depicting being hanged,” according to court documents obtained by WFAA-TV. Halfin and his attorney, a federal public defender, could not be reached for comment.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Victim Says the ‘Old White Man’ Began ‘Terrorizing’ Him When His Family Moved Into the Apartment in June & Says the Hanging Doll Was a Threat to His Daughter
FacebookA photo uploaded by his neighbor shows the doll hung on a railing with a noose by Glenn Halfin.
In January 2018, the victim posted on Facebook that his family had been harassed by Glenn Halfin, a neighbor in their apartment complex, since they moved into their apartment in June 2017. His Facebook post came after the Grapevine Police Department arrested Halfin on charges of stalking the victim, a his girlfriend and his infant daughter.
He said, “this old white man,” that lives in the apartment under him, “has been terrorizing me and my daughter for 6 months every damn night because the color of our skin. It started off by throwing eggs and dog sh*t on my car.” The victim said he filed a police report, but officers told him they couldn’t do anything without proof. “So this old man decided to step the sh*t up to a hate crime by hanging (a) noose on my balcony and around (a) black baby doll’s neck,” the victim wrote on Facebook.
He said, “thank God I put a camera up outside my (apartment).” He said the black baby doll hanging outside of his apartment was a threat to his daughter. The victim thanked the police and the FBI for getting involved and arresting Halfin.
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