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Man who destroyed Satanic Temple altar in Iowa charged under hate crime law

Posted on AllSides January 31st, 2024
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A man who attacked and beheaded a permitted statue put up by the Satanic Temple at Iowa’s capital in December has now been charged with a felony under the state’s hate crime statutes, the prosecutor’s office said this week. Michael Cassidy, who was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Mississippi’s state House of Representatives, is charged with third-degree criminal mischief in violation of individual rights, the Polk County Attorney’s Office in Iowa said Tuesday. “Evidence shows the defendant made statements to law enforcement and the public indicating he destroyed the property...

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