Latest Hate crimes News

Sacramento racial justice mural defaced, hate crime possible

Oct. 15, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police detectives are investigating the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter mural as a possible bias or hate crime. Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Karl Chan said officers were called to the Capital Stage Co. building...

Oregon set to expand hotline for bias crime reporting

Oct. 15, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon’s Bias Response Hotline went live on Jan. 2, 2020, people were able to answer about half of incoming calls reporting hate crimes or bias incidents. With a rise in hate crimes and bias incidents in Oregon and nationwide the two-person...

Man pleads guilty in San Diego assault rifle bistro shooting

Oct. 14, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who unleashed a hail of gunfire from an assault rifle at a San Diego restaurant in 2019 pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that will send him to prison for decades. Stefano Parker, 32, entered pleas to five charges of assault with a semiautomatic...

White man appeals conviction for Black student's killing

Oct. 14, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A white man serving a life sentence for stabbing a Black college student to death at a bus stop at the University of Maryland has asked the state’s second highest court to throw out his murder conviction. WTOP-FM reports...

Man charged with hate crime in road rage incident

Oct. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Bend man is facing a hate crime charge for an alleged road-rage incident in which he is accused of threatening a Black man with a knife, smashing his car window, slashing his tire and using a racial slur. Christopher King, 34, appeared in Deschutes...

Dylann Roof's request to reconsider recusal is denied

Oct. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

Dylann Roof's chances for a new appellate hearing continue to dwindle, with a court refusing to reconsider recusing itself from his appeal over his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. The 4th...

2 white men who attacked Black man in Iowa get probation

Oct. 07, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The second of two white men who brutally beat a Black man during what the victim said was a racist attack has been sentenced to probation. Jesse James Downs, 29, was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation after he pleaded guilty to...

New Jersey county pilots program for LGBTQ community

Oct. 06, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Building relationships with the LGBTQ community and enrolling local businesses to act as shelters where bias crime victims can seek immediate help are parts of a new program rolled out Wednesday by a New Jersey prosecutor's office. Acting Monmouth...

Graffiti in English and German found on Auschwitz barracks

Oct. 06, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police and prosecutors in southern Poland are investigating graffiti in English and German that appeared on multiple buildings at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the site of the former Nazi German death camp. A security guard found the graffiti...

Man charged with hate crime quits job as college professor

Oct. 05, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

A suburban Chicago man charged last month with a hate crime after allegedly hurling racial slurs and spitting at a Black woman has quit his job as a college professor, according to the school. Alberto Friedmann, 53, of Oak Park, resigned as a neurokinesiology teacher at...