Latest Hate crimes News

Police: Gay couple attacked by people using homophobic slur

Jun. 20, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C., man says he and his boyfriend were attacked by a group of more than 10 people, some of whom used homophobic slurs. Karl Craven tells The Washington Post and he and Braden Brecht had just left a city bar Sunday morning when he heard several men call them a homophobic...

Oregon's hate crime laws see first update since 1980s

Jun. 19, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers unanimously sent the governor an overhaul of the state's hate crime laws Wednesday, adding changes such as including "gender identity" as a protected class. The proposal is the first significant update to the state's hate crime laws since the 1980s, and the move is meant...

Police seek suspect in anti-Muslim graffiti on NYC school

Jun. 19, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are looking for a man suspected of spray-painting anti-Muslim graffiti on the doors of a Brooklyn elementary school after-hours. The New York Police Department released surveillance video late Tuesday of a suspect in the incident Sunday night. It happened around 9 p.m. at P.S. 52 on...

German govt calls official's killing 'attack on all of us'

Jun. 18, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The killing of a politician who supported refugees, allegedly carried out by a man with a record of violent hate crimes, is an "alarm signal" that highlights the threat posed by far-right extremism, Germany's top security official said Tuesday.  The motive of the 45-year-old German man...

Group seeks hate crime probe of Ali mural vandalism

Jun. 18, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Muslim advocacy group wants Kentucky authorities to investigate vandalism on a mural of boxing champ Muhammad Ali as a possible hate crime. The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations made the request in a news release Monday. CAIR-Kentucky chair Waheedah...

Sentencing moved up for man in deadly Charlottesville rally

Jun. 17, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A sentencing hearing has been moved up for an avowed white supremacist convicted of federal hate crimes for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr. was originally scheduled to be sentenced July...

10-year sentence for participant in abuse of caged woman

Jun. 13, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the physical and psychological abuse of a young autistic woman who told him in federal court Thursday, "You made my life a living hell." Jody Lambert's sentencing was the latest in court cases involving the woman who was...

3 life sentences without parole for man who killed 3 Muslims

Jun. 12, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in court Wednesday as one of the victims' relatives fainted, others wept and a man cursed the confessed killer openly. Craig Stephen...

Federal hate crime charges filed in black church fires

Jun. 12, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The son of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy is facing federal hate crime charges in connection with three fires that destroyed African American churches earlier this year. Holden Matthews , 21, was charged in a six-count federal indictment that was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges...

The Latest: Authorities didn't have enough for hate charges

Jun. 12, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina man pleading guilty to murder in the slayings of three Muslim students (all times local): 2:45 p.m. An attorney who has worked with the families of three Muslim students gunned down in February 2015 says federal authorities decided they did not have a...