SWC Supports Federal Charges Filed Against Trevor Bickford

January 11, 2023

LOS ANGELES – The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) supports federal charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York against Trevor Bickford. Bickford, who is accused of assaulting three NYPD officers on New Year’s Eve, now faces charges of attempting to kill officers and employees of the U.S. Government.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action at the SWC, issued the following statement:
“This was a terrorist attack, committed by a radicalized individual who crossed state lines who was also fueled by anti-Semitic hate.
“Serious questions remained to be addressed: what/who inspired him to carry out this attack; was he working with anyone else? What steps are social media companies taking to bar the online terrorist food chain that seeks to inspire and instruct potential lone wolf and other violent actors.”

For further information, please email Michele Alkin, Director of Global Communications at malkin@wiesenthal.com or Shawn Rodgers at srodgers@wiesenthal.com, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed. Media may also contact James Lambert, Vice President of Rubenstein Public Relations, at jlambert@rubensteinpr.com
About the Simon Wiesenthal Center  
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a Jewish global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context. The Center confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe. 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem. 

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