New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2021

Contact:
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
kate.giaquinto@doj.nh.gov | 603-573-6103

Sean R. Locke, Assistant Attorney General, Director of the Civil Rights Unit
603-271-1279

Enforcement Action Filed Against Kristina Graper for Violation of the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces the initiation of an enforcement action by the Civil Rights Unit against Kristina Graper, age 51, of Dover, New Hampshire, for violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act.

The complaint, filed in Strafford County Superior Court, alleges that on May 10, 2021, Graper threatened a nine-year-old black child who had been playing in a neighborhood park in Dover, after he accidentally broke a toy that belonged to Graper’s son. Graper allegedly told the black child that she would “kneel on his neck” and called him a racial slur. The civil complaint alleges that the threat was motivated by the victim’s race.

A civil rights violation allows for a maximum civil penalty of $5,000. The court may also enjoin further violations of the Civil Rights Act.

The complaint and the allegations contained therein are merely accusations that the Civil Rights Unit must prove at a final hearing.

The Civil Rights Unit enforces state and federal civil rights laws, including the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act and the New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination. Anyone who believes their civil rights may have been violated may file a complaint at www.doj.nh.gov/civil-rights/ or by calling 603-271-3650.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658