Latest Hate crimes News

Puerto Rico governor believes fatal shooting is hate crime

Feb. 25, 2020 12:35 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The recent killing of a person believed to be a transgender woman that has shocked and angered many in Puerto Rico is likely a hate crime, Gov. Wanda Vázquez said Tuesday. While no one has been arrested, she said the investigation into the fatal shooting of a person...

Video of San Francisco street assault prompts police probe

Feb. 24, 2020 5:46 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police said Monday that they are investigating a video of an elderly man being robbed and assaulted while collecting recyclables on a San Francisco street. The police department said it was seeking the public's help to identify the victim and witnesses to the racially charged attack. ...

Mother, daughter say they were attacked for speaking Spanish

Feb. 24, 2020 4:41 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Civil rights groups are asking police to pursue hate crime charges against two people accused of attacking a woman and her daughter who were speaking Spanish in a strongly Latino neighborhood in Boston. Lawyers for Civil Rights and other Boston-based groups said Monday that the 46-year-old...

Hero in Hanukkah attack declining $20K reward over Zionism

Feb. 22, 2020 8:21 PM EST

WEST NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — An Orthodox Jewish man credited as a hero for attacking a knife-wielding man who stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City is refusing to take a $20,000 reward from established Jewish groups because he considers them Zionists, according to a rabbi who...

Man charged in truck stop stabbing sent to state hospital

Feb. 22, 2020 1:23 PM EST

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A Colorado man charged in what Oregon prosecutors say was a hate crime stabbing has been found unfit for trial and will be sent to the Oregon State Hospital before his legal case can move forward. The Argus-Observer in Ontario reports Malheur County Circuit Court Judge Lung Hung...

More victims are added to Jefferson County lynching memorial

Feb. 22, 2020 12:29 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Four new victims of racial violence are being added to the Jefferson County Memorial Project. The new names were discovered by students and others working with the project. Among them is Jim Hatter, who was dragged out of his home before bullets tore through his body in 1910. Hatter...

Police: Arrest made in Lincoln Jewish temple vandalism

Feb. 22, 2020 10:53 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the vandalism earlier this year of a Jewish temple in Lincoln that has been investigated as a hate crime, police said. Police said in a news release that Noah Miller, 21, of Plattsmouth, was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony vandalism. The vandalism was...

Police investigating spray paint, vandalism at monastery

Feb. 21, 2020 10:02 PM EST

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police are investigating vandalism on the grounds of a monastery that depicts upside-down crosses and the number “666.” Farmington police responded Wednesday to reports of several instances of spray paint on monastery grounds that left the patrons...

In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, photo, Jose Lopez, who was attacked at his Utah tire store, sits outside the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, where he has testified against the man who yelled,

Utah man convicted of hate crimes for attack at tire shop

Feb. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A jury found a Utah man guilty of three hate crimes for shouting that he wanted to “kill Mexicans” before attacking three Latinos at a tire shop. Alan Dale Covington, 51, was convicted of attacking Jose Lopez and his 18-year-old son Luis with a 3-foot (0.9-meter) metal...

Graffiti at South Carolina lounge investigated as hate crime

Feb. 18, 2020 6:47 AM EST

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Racist graffiti tagged on all four sides of a black-owned business in South Carolina is being investigated as a hate crime. The owners of Cloud 9 Hookah Lounge and Bistro in Orangeburg painted the outside of the business Monday to cover up the graffiti found by an officer Sunday...