Latest Hate crimes News

Data shows reported hate crimes in Vermont continues to rise

Nov. 22, 2019 3:50 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — New federal data shows the number of reported hate crimes in Vermont increased again in 2018. WCAX-TV reports state law enforcement agencies reported 45 hate crimes last year, a spike from the 34 in 2017. State Police Capt. Garry Scott says the agency has increased efforts to reduce...

No hate crime found in threats outside Denver mosque

Nov. 21, 2019 5:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of threatening people outside a Denver mosque won’t be prosecuted for a hate crime. Prosecutors charged 24-year-old Benjamin Casillas-Rocha with five counts of menacing Thursday. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann says the police’s bias motivated crimes team...

Black Georgia lawmakers to push for state hate crimes law

Nov. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Black lawmakers in Georgia said Thursday that they will push for a state hate crimes law after a white 16-year-old girl was accused of plotting to attack black churchgoers. In a statement, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus said it will push for a state hate crimes law “that...

‘Slave for sale’ Craigslist post leads to hate crime charges

Nov. 20, 2019 7:03 PM EST

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago 14-year-old faces hate crime and other charges for allegedly posting on Craigslist a picture of an African American classmate with the caption, “Slave for sale.” Prosecutors allege the white Naperville Central High School freshman also included...

Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

Nov. 19, 2019 8:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay...

New Mexico may form hate-crimes unit after Texas massacre

Nov. 19, 2019 7:23 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top prosecutor urged lawmakers Tuesday to fund a new investigative unit to guard against hate crimes and bolster cybersecurity in response to the August mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and other emerging threats that might qualify as terrorism....

Ex-girlfriend seeks to avoid testifying at hate crime trial

Nov. 19, 2019 2:06 PM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A California college student wants to be excused from testifying at the murder trial of an ex-boyfriend charged with a hate crime in a black student’s fatal stabbing on the University of Maryland’s campus. Sean Urbanski’s former girlfriend, Kim Stringer, says...

Warren unveils a plan to combat white nationalist crime

Nov. 19, 2019 9:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has released a proposal to combat white nationalism that includes making prosecuting crimes committed by hate groups a top priority for the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate promises to use both...

Frat functions on hold as reports of racism shake Syracuse U

Nov. 18, 2019 5:56 PM EST

A student sit-in entered its sixth day Monday, fraternity events were suspended and as much as $50,000 in reward money was offered following reports of racist episodes at Syracuse University. Students in recent weeks have reported shouted slurs, vandalism and graffiti targeting Jews, Asians and black students....

Attorney General announces alliance to address hate crimes

Nov. 18, 2019 5:09 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and members of a coalition fighting hate crimes said Monday they have teamed up to try to increase reporting of hate crimes and train law enforcement how to handle and prosecute such cases. Weiser was joined by representatives of the Anti-Defamation...