Latest Hate crimes News

Sheriff: Investigation closed in racist videos, threat case

Aug. 19, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff said Monday that no one else will be charged after last month's arrest of a Catholic high school student accused of making racist videos and charged with threatening to shoot people at his private school. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced at a news...

Sides agree to extension in synagogue massacre case

Aug. 12, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for the man charged with killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year have agreed to a 120-day extension in the case. The sides met briefly in federal court in Pittsburgh on Monday to review the status of Robert Bowers' prosecution. The defendant...

Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets

Aug. 12, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Michelle Otero arrived at an art show featuring Mexican-American women, the first thing she did was scan the room. Two exits. One security guard. Then she thought to herself: If a shooter bursts in, how do my husband and I get out of here alive? Otero, who is Mexican-American...

Chicago-area man charged with hate crime after alleged slurs

Aug. 9, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been charged with a felony hate crime after he allegedly fired an air rifle at his neighbors while shouting racial slurs at them. The Aurora Beacon-News reports 36-year-old Ryan J. Salsman of the far western suburb of Montgomery was also charged by the...

Sheriff: Teen's racist videos show SC needs hate crime law

Aug. 9, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff said Thursday that the state needs a hate crime law after his deputies couldn't initially charge a 16-year-old Catholic school student who made videos using racial slurs and shooting a box that he said represented black people. The teen was charged four days...

Experts push for domestic terrorism law after attacks

Aug. 8, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven days, three mass shootings, 34 dead. The FBI has labeled two of those attacks , at a Texas Walmart and California food festival, as domestic terrorism — acts meant to intimidate or coerce a civilian population and affect government policy. But the bureau hasn't gone that far...

Family of Kroger shooting victim sue store, accused shooter

Aug. 8, 2019 4:41 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Relatives of a man killed in a shooting at a Kentucky grocery store last year are now suing the grocer and the man charged in the shooting. The Courier Journal reports the lawsuit by Maurice Stallard's family accuses Kroger Co. of allowing patrons to carrying guns without any policy...

The Latest: Lawyers: Crusius' mom asked police about weapons

Aug. 7, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting in El Paso (all times local): 8:45 p.m. An attorney for the family of the man charged in the El Paso Walmart shooting rampage says the man's mother contacted police weeks before the rampage out of concern that her son had a rifle. Dallas attorney Chris...

Report: Not enough evidence in near-hanging for hate crime

Aug. 7, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Almost two years after an 8-year-old biracial boy was nearly hanged in New Hampshire, the state attorney general's office concluded Wednesday there wasn't enough evidence to show the episode was racially motivated. The report said the 8-year-old put a tree swing rope around his neck in...

Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think so

Aug. 7, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump has often railed about an "invasion of illegals" at the southern border, words echoed in a screed the El Paso shooting suspect apparently posted that called the attack that killed 22 people at a Walmart his response to a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." Some...