Latest Hate crimes News

2 Hawaii men plead not guilty in 2014 Maui hate crime case

Jan. 19, 2021 4:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii men each indicted with one federal count of a hate crime in the alleged beating of a white man on Maui in 2014 pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. entered their pleas during a telephone conference from the Federal Detention...

2 Hawaii men indicted in 2014 hate crime case on Maui

Jan. 16, 2021 2:41 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charged two Hawaii men with one count of a hate crime after they allegedly attacked a white man who was attempting to move into their Maui neighborhood. Court documents said Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. punched, kicked and used a shovel...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski. Urbanski, who stabbed a Black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus, was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, to life in prison for what prosecutors claimed was a racially motivated hate crime. (University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)

Man gets life prison sentence for killing on college campus

Jan. 14, 2021 6:35 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A white man who stabbed a Black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for what prosecutors claimed was a racially motivated hate crime. Sean Urbanski, 25, apologized to the...

West Virginia city is latest to pass fairness ordinance

Jan. 14, 2021 4:18 AM EST

KEYSER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia now has 14 cities that have adopted local fairness ordinances protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination, a civil rights advocacy group said. The Keyser City Council voted Wednesday night to adopt such an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and...

Members of the Phoenix Police Department stand vigil during the open casket viewing of former Phoenix Vice Mayor and city councilman Calvin C. Goode at the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Goode died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. He was 93. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)

Racist slurs interrupt funeral for Phoenix civil rights icon

Jan. 12, 2021 8:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a virtual funeral for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted Tuesday by hackers yelling racist slurs. “The Phoenix Police Department has been made aware of the incident and after speaking with the...

Sentencing upcoming for white man who stabbed black student

Jan. 9, 2021 11:19 AM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A white man will soon be sentenced for stabbing a black college student to death at a bus stop at the University of Maryland in what prosecutors say was a racially motivated crime. State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said in a news release that Sean Urbanski, 25, will be...

California man arrested for spitting on maskless people

Jan. 8, 2021 11:11 PM EST

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — A man who allegedly spat on random people while jogging in a Los Angeles suburb because they weren't wearing masks has been arrested, police announced Friday. James Howard, 38, of Glendale, was arrested on Dec. 30 and booked for investigation of battery, elder abuse and committing a...

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks in his office at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Hutchinson is advocating for a hate crimes bill in the upcoming legislative session, but the measure faces some obstacles. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

Effort in Arkansas to enact hate crimes law in jeopardy

Jan. 8, 2021 6:02 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A push to finally enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas, a state with a history of white supremacists, appeared to have all the elements for success: a popular Republican governor who made it a priority, major corporations endorsing the idea and support from communities where hate...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Fond du Lac County, Wis., Sheriff's Office, shows Daniel Navarro. 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 white motorcyclist, has been committed to a psychiatric facility. After two psychiatric exams, Fond du Lac County Judge Richard Nuss determined Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, that Navarro is not competent to stand trial, (Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Man facing hate crime in Wisconsin crash found incompetent

Jan. 7, 2021 8:12 AM EST

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Mexican American man from Wisconsin charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a white motorcyclist has been committed to a psychiatric facility. Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac, was charged with first-degree...

This photo, provided by the New York City Police Department, Monday, Jan.4, 2021, shows the hoax explosive device at a mall in the Queens borough of New York. A police spokesman said that an initial investigation showed there was no explosive device.

Self-described American nationalist is held in NYC bomb hoax

Jan. 5, 2021 6:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A self-described American nationalist suspected of leaving a hoax explosive device in a car at a New York City mall is facing criminal charges after turning himself in to police, authorities said Tuesday. Louis Shenker, 22, will be charged with placing a false bomb, criminal possession of...