Latest Hate crimes News

Man who yelled racial slurs in attack guilty of hate crime

Apr. 19, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man who punched and kicked two people in Denver while yelling racial slurs has been convicted of a hate crime. Prosecutors announced Friday that 43-year-old Ryan Lee was found guilty of two counts of bias motivated crime and two counts of third-degree assault. He faces up to 15 years in...

Vermont man placed on probation for hate crime

Apr. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing a hate crime against a transgender resident. The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports 53-year-old Paul Andrew Eastman enter his plea on Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of aggravated disorderly conduct by...

White supremacist gets life for running down black man

Apr. 16, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A white supremacist who ran down and killed a young black man in Oregon two years ago was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 28 years. Russell Courtier's sentencing came after jurors in March found Courtier, 40, guilty of murder, hit-and-run...

Officials say evidence points to church fire suspect

Apr. 15, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man charged in the burnings of three Louisiana black churches faces a mountain of evidence tying him to the crimes, documenting the fires on his cellphone and an interest in arson on Facebook, the state fire marshal said Monday at a hearing that offered new insight into how...

Man arrested in assault on transgender woman in Dallas

Apr. 15, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Police in Dallas have arrested a 29-year-old man in the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that was caught on cellphone video. Dallas police say Edward Thomas was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday "for his role" in the attack. He was jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault,...

Dallas transgender woman brutally beaten in broad daylight

Apr. 14, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Police canvassed a Dallas neighborhood during the weekend in search of anyone who may have witnessed the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that happened in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people and that was caught on cellphone video. Detectives were seeking clues in...

Authorities say deputy's son behind fires at black churches

Apr. 11, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The suspect in a string of fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana is the white son of a sheriff's deputy whose father helped arrange for his arrest, authorities said Thursday. Holden Matthews, 21, was jailed without bail on arson charges in connection with the...

Reid hosting anti-Semitism lecture amid rising hate crimes

Apr. 10, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says images of a protester holding a sign with a swastika on it at a recent rally in Nevada for Bernie Sanders are the latest sign of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in America. Reid said it was "embarrassing" that someone brought the...

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

Apr. 9, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments from internet users. YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30...

The Latest: Facebook, Google grilled on white supremacy rise

Apr. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee hearing on white nationalism and social media (all times local): 1:05 p.m. David Cicilline, a Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island, grilled Facebook's Neil Potts and Google's Alexandria Walden about their companies' responsibility in the spread...