A white Wisconsin man has been charged with a string of hate crimes by federal officials. He’s accused of infringing on the civil rights of various Black and brown people in order to force them to leave his neighborhood.
William McDonald has been charged with “willfully hurting, threatening, or interfering with another’s housing rights because of their race, color, or national origin by force or threat of force” by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
According to the reports, McDonald, a West Allis resident, placed racist comments on people’s windshields, slashed some of his neighbors’ tires, and scribbled the N-word across a woman’s apartment door in an attempt to force them out of their houses.
In or around the apartment complex McDonald lived in, all of the victims lived within a one-mile radius of one other.
These actions, according to the feds, are in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and constitute a hate crime.
On March 7, 2021, he allegedly began frightening his neighbors by slashing the tires on a woman’s car. The windshield was allegedly damaged the next day, according to the lawsuit.
On the windshield, McDonald left a note on a restaurant’s stationary, saying, “BETTER WATCH WHO THE F##K YOU TALK S##T TO UFLY FAT N##GER B##TCH! I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE. IF I SEE YOU AGAIN, I’LL SLASH YOUR F##KING THROAT. GET THE F##K BACK TO THE NORTHSIDE WHERE YOU BELONG F##KING N##GER!”
On March 17, 2021, another threatening note was left on her vehicle as it was parked outside the apartment complex, indicating that this was her “final warning.”
He wrote, “Get the f##k outta my neighborhood.” “Before I slash you s##t again.”
“I don’t have an issue with black folks.” Only ghetto punk N##GERS like you!” According to the report, he simply slashed her front tires this time.
Later that year, he allegedly targeted an Afro-Hispanic family, with a Puerto Rican father and an African-American youngster. On October 29, 2021, they received a note informing them that they were being watched.
“Keep speeding + driving like the ignorant disrespectful n##ger you are + next time it will be your windshield n##ger,” McDonald allegedly wrote. Return to the ghetto n##ger northside, and stay there.”
He concluded the note by advising the parent to return to the city’s north side with all of her “monkey pals + relatives.” Authorities believe he also slashed the tires on their vehicle, saying, “That’s where you belong.”
Three further victims, a couple and their child who resides with them, were frightened with a note and their tires slashed at the end of February 2022, much like the other three residents. “Get the f##k out of MY neighborhood N##GER!” they wrote in their letter.
The initial note for this family was written on February 4th.
The couple’s car was vandalized on February 23. McDonald is accused of smashing their car’s driver’s side glass. Their tires were slashed five days later, and a second letter was placed that said, “Keep speeding in MY neighborhood N##GER.” It’ll be your windshield the next time. N##GER, return to the north side piece of shit.”
The FBI was summoned at this point. Agents installed video monitoring throughout the complex in order to catch whoever was sending the texts.
McDonald, according to authorities, continued to threaten the couple. The couple’s tires were slashed once more on March 13. “You thought I was playing…,” read the third note discovered at the crime site. Before I put sand in your gas tank n##ger, get the f##k back to the n##ger northside where you belong.”
The couple went to the press with their concerns and revealed that the FBI had taken up the issue.
One of the victims, Reginald Wilkerson, told local station Fox 5 News that they had been involved in roughly five incidences since February.
“Right now, we’re very much the target,” Wilkerson said. “But we want to make sure that if anyone else of our skin tone moves here, whether black, brown, or whatever, they don’t have to go through this.”
“Someone has an opinion on my skin tone, and they don’t think I belong here,” he said, “so they make me lose even more money just because they don’t like the fact that I’m Black.”
Law enforcement made several big accomplishments around this time. On March 15, the FBI was able to determine that the suspect who had been bugging these people was most likely McDonald by matching his blue 2007 Ford Five Hundred.
Despite the authorities’ progress, McDonald is said to have continued his terrorism spree. In April 2022, he allegedly changed his focus to another African-American family, a woman and her two sons, who had moved into the apartment building. On April 5, she discovered the word “N##GER” scribbled in black marker on the front of her door after she had moved there.
McDonald is accused of slipping a message under her door that read, “Get the f##k out n##gers.” “You are not welcome here.”
He wrote another email two days later, saying, “Stay here + see what the f##k happens n##ger,” according to the lawsuit. Because of the complex’s comprehensive security system, which required a key to obtain admission, Victim 7 believes the perpetrator had to be someone on the premises. The Black woman’s two African-American sons are “no longer living” with her “out of concern for their safety” as a result of the threats.
In connection with the hate crimes, the FBI executed a warrant to search McDonald’s residence on April 19. He denied any involvement with the harassment. Agents said they discovered handwritten notes in his residence, including one that said, “Drive like a stupid ghetto fu##ing n##ger in MY neighborhood.” This is how it goes, b##ch. “I’m keeping an eye on all of you f##king monkeys around here.”
“Get the f##k back to the northside ghetto where you belong,” he scrawled, like so many of the other letters.
During the course of this investigation, it was discovered that between November 2021 and December 2021, Williams reported the persons he had been pestering to the police department 26 times, complaining about their reckless driving — a subject that he reportedly left in many notes.
McDonald was stopped by the West Allis Police Department for failing to signal a turn and not wearing a seatbelt. They were able to convince him to sign the citation when it was given. The police compared his signature to the handwriting on the messages and discovered that they are strikingly similar, particularly in the manner he penned his “a” and “g.”
On the same day as the apartment search, federal investigators filed a complaint.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, McDonald appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday, April 19, although he did not appear to have legal representation.