Latest Hate crimes News

AG: Resident faces stiffer hate crime penalties if convicted

Aug. 11, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general has determined that a Barrington man facing an assault charge after being caught on video yelling racial slurs at his neighbor can face a stiffer sentence under the state's hate crimes law if convicted. Attorney General Peter Neronha said in a legal...

Virginia man who drove through BLM protest: 6 years in jail

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who a prosecutor described as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan and who drove through a Black Lives Matter protest in June was sentenced Monday to six years in jail. Harry H. Rogers, 36, was convicted of six misdemeanors and sentenced to a year in jail for each charge, the...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Hate crime victim arrested at protest won't be prosecuted

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Black woman who became a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago won't be charged after her arrest early Monday fueled anger among protest leaders in Portland, Oregon, authorities said. Demetria Hester, 46,...

Massachusetts man held without bail for alleged hate crime

Aug. 7, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has ordered that a Brockton man accused of a hate crime be held without bail. Michael Cates Jr., 34, faces assault and battery for allegedly calling another man a homophobic slur and knocked his teeth out, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported. Tom Anderson, 34,...

Man accused of targeting Black neighbor with swastika, slurs

Aug. 6, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man, allegedly angered by the removal of a tree, is charged with a hate crime for attempting to intimidate an African American neighbor because of his race, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday. Shephard Hoehn, 50, became angry when a construction crew began...

2 charged with assaulting Southern California protesters

Aug. 6, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two men have been charged with assaulting protesters and sucker punching a man who was recording the scene during a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in Southern California. Felony assault and battery charges were filed against Jeffrey Brooks, 38, and Henry Brooks Jr., 32, the San...

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:...

State police to probe Rochester anti-transgender attack

Aug. 5, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he was "outraged" by a violent assault on a 30-year-old transgender man in Rochester and was ordering the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to aid in the investigation. Samson Tequir, a local Black Lives Matter organizer, sustained a broken eye...

Vermont resident accused of writing racial slur on vehicle

Aug. 5, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont resident has been accused of targeting a family of color that lives in the same building by writing a racial slur on their vehicle, police said. South Burlington police got a report on July 25. Investigators were able to gather video surveillance footage and issued a...

Deputies: Man drew swastikas on Jewish temples

Jul. 25, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida announced Friday that they've captured the man who spray-painted swastikas on two Jewish temples. Vincent Martinez, 21, was being held at a secure medical facility pending his arrest on warrants issued Wednesday, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s...