Latest Hate crimes News

Ex-security guard gets 7 years for racist rant, attack

Sep. 16, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former private security guard has been sentenced to over seven years in prison after he harassed a Muslim family, broke a Latina woman's hand with a metal baton and pepper-sprayed two people during a racist attack in Southwest Portland. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 38-year-old...

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

Sep. 15, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel Congregation in...

Correction: Sikh Killed-Anniversary story

Sep. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about the anniversary of an Indian Sikh immigrant gunned down in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he died in 2011. He died in 2001. A corrected version of the story is below: Sikh preaches love 18 years after...

Civil rights, hate crime trial of ex-police chief to open

Sep. 14, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the federal trial of a white former New Jersey police chief accused of slamming a handcuffed black man's head into a doorjamb. Once a jury is empaneled, opening statements are expected Friday in the civil rights and hate crime trial of...

2 arrested in racist attack on black student at U of Arizona

Sep. 13, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Several dozen students at the University of Arizona on Friday protested campus police handling of a physical and racist attack on a black student this week. The protests took place less than an hour after the university announced that the two assailants, who are white, had been...

Police: Georgia man faked racially motivated burglary

Sep. 13, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A man trashed his pizza restaurant and ice cream shop near Atlanta to fake a racially motivated burglary so he could file an insurance claim, police said. Gwinnett County police officers responded just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after a 911 call reporting a man damaging the...

Oglala Sioux Tribe passes law aimed at hate crimes

Sep. 7, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe has passed legislation aimed at hate crimes on the Pine Ridge reservation. The Rapid City Journal reports the law passed by the tribal council Wednesday makes hate crimes punishable with up to one year in jail, which is the maximum allowed under tribal law....

Man released from prison after LGBT murder lives in Colorado

Sep. 6, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado state officials say a New Mexico man who murdered a LGBT teenager has moved to the state after being released from prison. The Durango Herald reports that then 18-year-old Shaun Murphy was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2002 after he plead guilty to killing 16-year-old...

Man sentenced in hate crime for destroying couple's home

Sep. 6, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man convicted of a federal hate crime for destroying a rental property owned by a biracial couple in Cincinnati has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison. Forty-three-year-old Samuel Whitt pleaded guilty in January to criminal interference with the right to fair housing. He was...

UI: Student charged in noose incident not currently enrolled

Sep. 4, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois says a student charged with a hate crime for leaving a noose in a residence hall elevator is no longer enrolled at the school. Champaign County prosecutors allege 19-year-old Andrew Smith of Normal found some rope in an elevator over the weekend and tied it...