Wisconsin man accused of hate crimes for allegedly trying to force black people out of a community by terrorizing them

Federal agents have charged a white Wisconsin man with a series of hate crimes. He is said to have violated several black and brown civil rights to get them to move out of his neighborhood.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin has filed a criminal complaint against William McDonald for “intentionally harming, intimidating, or interfering with another’s housing rights because of their race, color, or national origin by force or threat of power.”

William McDonald is accused of hate crimes for terrorizing his neighbors (Fox6 Screengrabs)

William McDonald is accused of hate crimes for terrorizing his neighbors (Fox6 Screengrabs)

The allegation is that McDonald’s resident of the West Allis left racist notes on the windshield of individual vehicles, cut some of his neighbors’ tires and wrote the N-word over a woman’s apartment door in hopes of forcing them to move. out of their homes.

All the victims lived within a 1.5 km radius of each in or around the McDonald’s apartment complex lived in.

The Feds believe that these acts violate the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and constitute a hate crime.

He allegedly started terrorizing his neighbors on March 7, 2021, when he cut a woman’s tire onto her vehicle. The next day, the claim is claimed, the windshield was shattered.

On the windshield, McDonald left a note on a restaurant desktop, in which he said, “BETTER SEE WHO F ## K YOU TALK S ## T TO ULIVE FAT N ## GER B ## TCH! I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE. IF I SEE YOU AGAIN, I CUT YOUR F ## KING NECK. GET F ## K BACK TO NORTHSIDE, WHERE YOU BELONG TO F ## KING N ## GER! “

This note was followed by another threat note, placed on her vehicle as it was parked outside the apartment complex on March 17, 2021, stating that this was her “last warning.”

“F ## k out of my neighborhood,” he wrote. “Before I chop you s ## t again.”

“No problem with black people. Only problems with ghetto punk N ## GERS like you!” The report says on this occasion that he only cut her front tire.

He reportedly charged an Afro-Spanish family, a parent (Puerto Rican) and a child (African-American) later that year. On October 29, 2021, they received a note that they were being monitored.

McDonald reportedly wrote: “Keep driving faster + drive like the stupid disrespectful n ## ger you are + next time it will be your windshield n ## ger. Get f ## ck back to the ghetto n ## ger north side + stay there. “

He ended the note by saying that the parent should take all her “monkey friends + family” back to the north side of town. He added: “This is where you belong,” when he also chopped the tires on their vehicle, authorities claim.

At the end of February 2022, like the other three residents, three more victims, a couple and a child living with them, were intimidated with a note and by having their tires cut across. Their letter said, “Get f ## k out of MY neighborhood N ## GER!”

The first note back to this family was on February 4th.

On February 23, the couple’s vehicle was vandalized. McDonald’s allegedly broke the driver’s side window of their car. Five days later, their tires were cut over and another note was left saying “Keep driving too high in MY neighborhood N ## GER. Next time it’s going to be your windshield. Get back to the north side piece of shit N ## GER. “

At this point, the FBI was called. Agents set up video surveillance in and around the complex to catch the person who had sent the messages.

Authorities say McDonald’s continued to threaten the couple. On March 13, the couple’s tires were cut over again. The third note found at the crime scene said, “You thought I was playing … Get the f ## k back to the north side where you belong before I put sand in your gas tank.”

The couple took their concerns to the press and shared that the FBI had taken up the matter.

Reginald Wilkerson, one of the victims, shared with local station Fox 5 News that they had experienced about five incidents since February.

“We’re pretty much the target right now,” Wilkerson said. “But we want to make sure that if others move here that are of our skin tone, black, brown, whatever it is that they do not have to go through this.”

“Someone has an opinion about my skin color and they do not feel that I should be here, so they make me lose money even more just because they do not like that I am black,” he continued.

Around this time, law enforcement got some major breakthroughs. The FBI was able to establish by matching his blue 2007 Ford Five Hundred that the suspect who had harassed these people was most likely McDonald’s on March 15th.

Despite authorities making progress, McDonald reportedly did not stop his terrorism. He reportedly shifted his attention to another African-American family, a mother and her two sons, who moved into the apartment building in April 2022. She found, after moving into her place, the word “N ## GER” written in black pen on the front of her door on April 5th.

It is alleged that McDonald slipped a note under her door that read, “f ## k out n ## gers. You are NOT wanted here.”

Two days later, the claim states, he sent another note saying, “Stay here + see what happens next.” Victim 7 says the person may have been a person inside the complex because of the extensive security system that requires a key to gain access. As a result of the threats, the black woman’s two African-American sons “no longer” live with her “for fear of their safety.”

On April 19, the FBI executed an order to search McDonald’s home in connection with the hate crimes. He denied having anything to do with the harassment. But agents report that they found handwritten notes in his home that read, in part, “Run like a stupid ghetto fu ## ing n ## ger in MY neighborhood. This is what happens b ## ch. I’m watching. with all of you f ## monkeys around here. “

Like so many of the other banknotes, he wrote: “Get the f ## k back to the ghetto on the north side where you belong.”

The evidence found during this investigation, revealed in November 2021 and December 2021, Williams reported the people he had harassed to the police department over 26 different times, complaining about their reckless driving – a topic in several notes that he allegedly left .

The West Allis Police Department pulled McDonald over for not signaling at a turn and for not wearing a seat belt. When the quote was issued, they were able to get him to sign it. The detectives put his signature along with the handwriting on the notes and found that it was remarkably close, especially the way he wrote his “a” and “g”.

Federal agents filed their complaint the same day as the apartment search.

U.S. court records, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, indicated that McDonald’s had his first court appearance Tuesday, April 19, but he did not appear to have legal representation.

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