A former Exalted Cyclops of an Alabama chapter of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has been indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for allegedly burning a cross in a predominantly black neighborhood. The indictments came on November 27, 2013.
Steven Joshua Dinkle and his mother, Pamela Morris, have been charged with numerous crimes; Morris was the former secretary for the KKK chapter. Dinkle was charged in a five-count indictment: 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. Morris is being charged with two counts of perjury for allegedly making false statements to the grand jury investigating the case against her son.
The alleged crimes involved a six-foot cross that was burned at the entrance of a predominantly black neighborhood. The government alleges that Dinkle constructed the cross, wrapped it in jeans and towels, poured fuel on it, and then burned it to intimidate black residents.