Latest Hate crimes News

Indiana Senate removes list of biases from hate crimes bill

Feb. 19, 2019 7:45 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state Senate has removed sexual orientation, gender identity, race and a list of other characteristics from a hate crimes bill. The Republican-majority body voted Tuesday on amendments which would have allowed judges to impose additional penalties against anyone convicted of...

Utah hate-crimes law to get hearing after years of gridlock

Feb. 19, 2019 6:12 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to strengthen Utah's hate-crimes law will get a hearing, marking a potential turning point for the idea long stuck in legislative gridlock, lawmakers said Tuesday. Republican sponsor Sen. Daniel Thatcher said the bill will be publicly discussed on Thursday, and he's...

New hate-crime charges filed in Florida MLK confrontation

Feb. 19, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — An armed white man who got into a traffic confrontation with a group of black teenagers protesting housing inequality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been charged with hate crimes, prosecutors said Tuesday. Mark Bartlett, 51, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with prejudice...

Salt Lake police investigating attack on gay man in video

Feb. 18, 2019 3:33 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Investigators say they have identified a man they believe may be linked to a potential hate crime in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake police said in a tweet Monday the man was "cooperating fully" with an investigation of an attack on a gay man that was caught on video. The video, shot on a...

Indiana hate crimes bill advances despite conservative foes

Feb. 18, 2019 3:09 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill aimed at removing Indiana from the list of just five states without a hate crimes law cleared a legislative committee Monday, but not without the continued opposition of conservative groups that have stymied similar proposals for the last several years. The Senate Public Policy...

The Latest: Indiana Senate panel backs hate crimes bill

Feb. 18, 2019 11:39 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on debate over a proposed Indiana hate crimes law (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A proposed Indiana hate crimes law has been endorsed by a state legislative committee. The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 9-1 on Monday to advance the bill to the full Senate after hearing...

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Feb. 18, 2019 7:15 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. The trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned two brothers...

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

Feb. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the...

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has 'shifted'

Feb. 17, 2019 12:55 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie Smollett has "shifted" due to information received from two brothers questioned in the case, and attorneys for the "Empire" actor blasted reports alleging he played a role in his own attack. Chicago police had...

The Latest: Chicago police release men held in Smollett case

Feb. 15, 2019 10:29 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Chicago police say they have released two Nigerian brothers who had been arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, saying that detectives have additional...