Latest Hate crimes News

Man convicted of hate crimes for yelling slurs, threats

Jul. 18, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man has been found guilty of two hate crimes after calling two African American boys a racist slur and threatening them with a knife. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 61-year-old Michael Amatullo, who is white, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of felony unlawful use...

Oregon adds gender identity to hate crime protections

Jul. 17, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gender identity will be added as a protected class as Oregon's hate crime laws see the most significant update since the 1980s under a new measure signed by the governor that also closed a loophole that gave lesser sentences to perpetrators who committed hate crimes alone. "Our hate...

Prosecutors seek prison terms for Virginia rally attackers

Jul. 17, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

Hatred for Jews, blacks and feminists motivated three members of a white supremacist group to attack counterprotesters at a rally for far-right extremists in Virginia, federal prosecutors argue in seeking stricter sentences for the men this week. Justice Department prosecutors recommend prison sentences ranging...

California man faces hate charges for alleged threat letters

Jul. 17, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors have filed hate crime and weapons charges against a Central Coast man who allegedly sent letters threatening to shoot property managers and minorities who moved into his neighborhood. San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Down announced Tuesday...

Police: Rope resembling noose wasn't result of hate crime

Jul. 16, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Police at the University of Michigan say a rope resembling a noose found at University Hospital in Ann Arbor wasn't the result of a hate crime and instead was a practice knot used in fishing. The Ann Arbor News reports the investigation by the school's Division of Public Safety and...

Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack

Jul. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years Monday for deliberately driving his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a rally in Virginia, killing one woman and injuring dozens. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, remained stoic as Circuit Court...

The Latest: Charlottesville victims describe pain of attack

Jul. 15, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the state sentencing of a man convicted on federal hate crime charges related to a white nationalist rally (all times local): 4 p.m. A woman who was seriously hurt in a car attack on anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia called the man...

Attorney General Donovan to host 'hate-free Vermont' forum

Jul. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — State Attorney General T.J. Donovan is going to be hosting his third "hate-free Vermont" forum in Rutland. Organizers hope the July 25 forum will encourage community conversations about bias incidents and hate crimes in Vermont. Community members are encouraged to attend and tell their...

Iowa City expands hate crime ordinance

Jul. 13, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City leaders have expanded the city's hate crime law to include harassment and trespassing. The Iowa City Council passed the expanded ordinance earlier this month. A news release from the city says state law covering hate crimes names only assault, arson and criminal mischief....

Trial delayed for white man accused of killing black student

Jul. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A judge has granted a delay in the trial of a white man charged with murder and a hate crime in a black student's fatal stabbing. The Washington Post reports a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge granted the delay Thursday, 11 days before the trial of 24-year-old Sean...