A Tulsa man is charged with a hate crime for allegedly sending an intimidating letter to the Islamic Peace Academy and posting a video online showing him desecrating a Quran, court records show.
Jesse Quinn Harrison, 33, was charged Tuesday with one count each of transmitting a threatening letter and malicious intimidation or harassment - what Oklahoma statutes call a hate crime.
According to the charges, Harrison is accused of sending a nine-page letter to the Islamic Peace Academy in Tulsa "with the intent to intimidate."
He also made a video that shows him "smearing pork on the Quran and an Islamic religious figure and grilling those items," according to the charge.
The charge states that the video was made to "produce violence directed to others because of their religious beliefs."
A man with the same name and Tulsa address as those listed on the charges posted on Facebook a YouTube video that matches the one described in the charges.
The 5 1/2-minute video, posted to YouTube on Oct. 1, is attributed there to a "Rockwell Porter" - a name the charges list as an alias for Harrison. (Read more.)
Harrison's letter hasn't been released yet by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. However, his video is available on YouTube:
Yes, the video is meant to be offensive. But being offensive is not against the law. Thus, any evidence of a crime will have to come from Harrison's letter. We'll see what further investigation brings to light.
For our official response to book-burning, see the following video: