Latest Hate crimes News

New federal charges filed in California synagogue shooting

May. 21, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — New federal charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue, killing one person and wounding three others. A grand jury handed up a revised indictment against John T. Earnest, 19, that adds four counts of discharging a firearm during...

Indiana synagogue vandal sentenced to 3 years in prison

May. 21, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says 21-year-old Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to...

Texas transgender woman who was beaten in video found dead

May. 20, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A transgender woman was found slain in a Dallas street over the weekend, authorities said, a month after a cellphone video showed her being brutally beaten in a separate case police said they investigated as a hate crime. Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found face-down early Saturday after Dallas...

Guilty pleas in caging, beating, abuse of autistic woman

May. 20, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A husband and wife charged with violently abusing a young autistic woman in Louisiana and forcing her to live in an outdoor cage pleaded guilty Monday to multiple crimes in federal court. Terry Knope II, 46, and Raylaine Knope, 43, both pleaded guilty in New Orleans to charges involving...

Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty to hate crimes

May. 14, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday. John T. Earnest spoke twice during the brief hearing — to acknowledge his name and to say he agreed with his court-appointed attorney's...

The Latest: Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

May. 14, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the suspect in a fatal shooting at a California synagogue appearing in court on federal hate crime charges (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The 19-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting at a California synagogue has pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes. John T. Earnest spoke...

Anti-Semitic crime in Germany up, amid uptick in hate crimes

May. 14, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in Germany last year, despite an overall drop in politically motivated crimes, according to statistics released Tuesday. The Interior Ministry's latest annual report on politically motivated crimes showed that anti-Semitic incidents...

Gunman told 911 'I just shot up a synagogue' after attack

May. 10, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As the 19-year-old college student sped away in his 2012 Honda Civic, he dialed 911 and said: "I just shot up a synagogue." He told the dispatcher that he thought he had killed some people and that he did it "because Jewish people are destroying the white race." The chilling account in a...

Seattle says more hate crimes are being reported to police

May. 9, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new report says the number of hate crimes being reported has risen in Washington state's largest city. KING-TV reports that Seattle police received 521 hate crime reports in 2018 compared to 106 reports in 2012. The Seattle city auditor's office produced the report using police department...

Prosecutors say synagogue gunman boasted of hate for Jews

May. 9, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gunman who killed a woman and wounded three during services at a Southern California synagogue later told a 911 dispatcher he had done it because "the Jewish people are destroying the white race," prosecutors said Thursday in announcing 109 hate crime and other charges against the...