Latest Hate crimes News

Gov. Brian Kemp, lower left, signs HB 426, hate-crimes legislation, into law as demonstrators hold signs asking him to veto HB 838 in the North Wing of the Georgia State Capitol building Friday, June 26, 2020. Kemp signed into law House Bill 426 which would impose additional penalties for crimes motivated by the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia governor signs new law to protect police

Aug. 5, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed into law a new measure providing additional legal protections to police officers, a step that critics say is flawed and out of step with nationwide efforts to make officers more accountable for their actions. House Bill 838 creates a new crime:...

Man yells racial slur at Black teen who offered doughnut

Jul. 22, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — Police in a picturesque coastal community in Massachusetts are investigating after a white man yelled racial slurs at a Black teenager who had offered him a doughnut. The 14-year-old boy's mother, Adama Barry, says her son was with two white friends in downtown Newburyport last...

This undated booking photo from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office shows Eric Breemen, 36. Breemen who is accused of running over the Sikh owner of a suburban Denver liquor store after reportedly telling him and his wife to

Man accused of running over Sikh man charged with hate crime

Jul. 22, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

A man accused of running over the Sikh owner of a suburban Denver liquor store after reportedly telling him and his wife to “go back to your country” is now facing a hate crime charge in addition to 16 other charges, including attempted murder. Prosecutors said the hate crime charge was filed...

Today in History

Jul. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today is Wednesday, July 22, the 204th day of 2020. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented to his Cabinet a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. On this date: In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish...

Accused Stephan Balliet sits in the courtroom of the regional court at the beginning of the trial in Magdeburg, Germany, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Balliet is charged with 13 crimes including murder and attempted murder, for a Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue on Oct. 9 in the eastern German city of Halle,  that is considered one of the worst anti-Semitic assaults in the country's post-war history.  (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP)

Yom Kippur synagogue attacker goes on trial in Germany

Jul. 21, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

MAGDEBURG, Germany (AP) — A 28-year-old German right-wing extremist went on trial Tuesday for a Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue that is considered one of the worst anti-Semitic assaults in the country’s post-war history, telling the court he saw Jews as a threat to the white race. Stephan Balliet...

FILE - Tears roll down the face of Vauhxx Booker as he speaks to people gathered at the Monroe County courthouse in Bloomington, Ind,  Monday, July 6, 2020. Attorneys for two people involved in a reported assault of Booker at a southern Indiana lake over the July Fourth weekend said Monday, July 13, 2020, their clients are victims, not attackers. David Hennessy, a criminal defense attorney for Sean Purdy and Caroline McCord — two of the people accused of being involved — said Booker has been

Attorney: Indiana hate crime allegation is 'smear campaign'

Jul. 13, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for two people accused of being involved in a reported assault on a Black man at a southern Indiana lake said Monday his clients are victims of a “smear campaign” and a “rush to judgment." Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the...

Irina, right, and Anastasia Lagutenko play with their son, Dorian, at a playground in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 2, 2020. Their 2017 wedding wasn’t legally recognized in Russia. Any hopes they could someday officially be married in their homeland vanished July 1 when voters approved a package of constitutional amendments, one of which stipulates that marriage in Russia is only between a man and a woman. (AP Photo)

Russian constitution change ends hopes for same-sex marriage

Jul. 13, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — At the Lagutenko wedding in 2017, the couple exchanged vows, rings and kisses in front of friends and relatives, then took a traditional drive in a limousine, stopping at landmarks for photos. But because they were both women, the wedding wasn’t legal in Russia. If...

This undated photo provided by the Fond du Lac County, Wis., Sheriff's Office, shows Daniel Navarro, a Mexican American man from Wisconsin charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a motorcyclist and killed the man because he was white. (Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Mexican American man charged with hate crime in fatal crash

Jul. 10, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Mexican American man from Wisconsin is charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a motorcyclist and killed the man because he was white. Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac, told investigators he had been harassed...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, El Paso Walmart shooting suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty during his arraignment in El Paso, Texas. Crusius is facing new federal hate crime and gun charges following the death of another person injured in the attack. A grand jury on Thursday, July 9, 2020 returned a new indictment against Patrick Wood Crusius. He was already charged with 90 counts under hate crime and firearms laws for the shooting in El Paso.  (Briana Sanchez/El Paso Times via AP, Pool, File)

El Paso shooting suspect faces more federal charges

Jul. 9, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of shooting scores of people at a Texas Walmart last summer was indicted Thursday on new federal hate crime and gun charges following the death of another person injured in the attack. A grand jury returned a new indictment against Patrick Wood Crusius, who was already...

Little Rock passes Arkansas' first hate crime law

Jul. 8, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock became the first city in Arkansas to pass a measure with increased penalties specifically for hate crimes that target people based on their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The city's Board of Directors on Tuesday...