Latest Hate crimes News

Trial to start for white man accused of killing Black men

Apr. 11, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A trial is scheduled to begin Monday on murder charges for a Louisiana white man accused of killing two Black men and shooting into the home of another Black family. Jury selection will begin in the trial of 27-year-old Kenneth Gleason in Baton...

Ex-NJ police chief sentencing postponed for medical reasons

Apr. 11, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The sentencing of a former New Jersey police chief, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and is awaiting retrial on hate crime assault and civil rights violation charges, was postponed. Former Bordentown Township police chief Frank Nucera, 64, had...

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Apr. 10, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

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NYPD: Man menaced, made anti-Asian remark to undercover cop

Apr. 10, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man is facing hate crime charges after police said he made threats and anti-Asian American remarks — to an undercover officer assigned to a hate crimes task force. Juvian Rodriguez, 35, was arrested Friday afternoon after the alleged...

California man convicted of racial assault on Black man

Apr. 09, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man was convicted Friday of attacking a Black man with a knife in a racially-motivated crime last July, federal authorities said. Ole Hougen, 44, of Santa Cruz, was found guilty of trying to injure someone with a dangerous...

Man facing hate crime charges in Brooklyn anti-Asian attacks

Apr. 09, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man was arrested on hate crime charges in connection to multiple incidents in recent weeks where police said Asian people were shoved or grabbed while on Brooklyn streets. The New York Police Department said Joseph Russo, of Brooklyn, was arrested on...

Hogan creates panel to address rising anti-Asian hate crimes

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland U.S. attorney will chair a panel to address anti-Asian violence and discrimination, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday. Former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur will lead the statewide workgroup to develop strategies, recommendations and...

Open carry, hate crime bills clear deadline in SC Statehouse

Apr. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Thursday marked a key deadline in the 2021 South Carolina General Assembly. It's called the crossover deadline. Bills that pass the House or the Senate after Thursday will need a two-thirds vote from the other chamber to get on the calendar. That...

Woman accused of threatening Vietnamese American neighbor

Apr. 08, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A suburban Seattle woman accused of threatening her Vietnamese American neighbor has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, prosecutors said. The neighbor of Jan Myers in Shoreline said Myers had acted erratically and yelled racial slurs at her for...

Arkansas Senate OKs alternate, scaled-back hate crimes bill

Apr. 07, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved a stripped-down hate crimes bill derided by longtime supporters of such legislation who claim the measure is too vague and would provide “insufficient” medicine for a state that's one of only three nationwide without...