A 28-year-old alleged "former Exalted Cyclops" of the Ku Klux Klan and his mother have both been arrested and are facing federal charges relating to a 2009 cross burning in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Ozark, Ala.
Steven Joshua Dinkle was arrested in Mississippi on Wednesday for allegedly orchestrating the cross burning and obstructing the ensuing investigation, according to a press release sent out Friday by the Department of Justice. Dinkle was described by the DOJ as having previously held the "Exalted Cyclops" title in an Ozark, Ala. chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Dinkle "conspired with another person to burn a cross in an African-American neighborhood to threaten and intimidate residents of that neighborhood and thereby interfere with their federally protected housing rights" on May 8, 2009, the Justice Department alleges.
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