Correction: Student Hate Crime-New Charge story
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — In a story March 20 about a man facing misdemeanor criminal mischief charges, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the suspect was an Oregon State University...
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police now say 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, about twice as many as initially thought.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted an Oregon man wearing a hat with white supremacist symbols of murder, a hate crime and hit-and-run in the death of a black teenager, who was run...
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating anti-Semitic messages and Nazi imagery scrawled on gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts as a hate crime.
Hate crimes unit investigates Ginsburg poster graffiti
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Department's hate crimes unit is investigating after a poster of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was defaced with a swastika and an anti-Semitic...
CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for two brothers accused of helping stage an attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in downtown Chicago says the men regret their involvement.
Oregon woman pleads guilty during hate crime trial
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman who is one of two defendants in an ongoing hate crime trial has entered a guilty plea.
The Oregonian reports that 37-year-old Colleen Catherine Hunt has...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two white men in Maine facing federal hate crime charges for allegedly attacking a black man in Biddeford have been indicted in connection with another assault on a black...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A long-stalled measure to strengthen Utah's hate crime law is poised to become law after a final vote at the Legislature on Wednesday.
Vermont lawmakers consider racial bias bill
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would target hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents.
The Times Argus reports the state Senate Judiciary Committee has...
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Islamic leaders are calling recent vandalism at an Ohio mosque a hate crime.
Police are still investigating the Feb. 28 damage to several windows at the Islamic Society...
Correction: Gay Rights Activist-Fire story
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — In a story Feb. 26 about a Michigan transgender, gay rights activist charged with arson, The Associated Press reported erroneously that police said the man tried to fabricate...
Correction: Elderly Man Beaten story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Feb. 28 about the sentencing of a California woman in the beating of an elderly man, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the case wasn't prosecuted as a...
Gov. Holcomb plans public appeal on Indiana hate crimes law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday he will try to build public support for a hate crimes law, a week after the Republican-dominated state Senate stripped out a list of...
Georgia hate crimes bill passes House Committee
ATLANTA (AP) — A hate crimes bill that would add penalties for those convicted of targeting certain groups was approved by a House committee Tuesday.
Utah man pleads not guilty to hate crime attack on Latinos
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of attacking three Latinos at a tire shop in Salt Lake City after shouting that he wanted to "kill Mexicans" pleaded not guilty Monday to hate crime...
Sammamish police investigate racist, anti-Semitic graffiti
SEATTLE (AP) — Sammamish police are investigating racist and anti-Semitic graffiti found in the community in more than a dozen places in recent days.
- Idaho State JournalLocal doctor plans candle-light vigil for New Zealand shooting victimsMarch 19, 2019
- The Herald-ArgusStill pushing for hate crime lawMarch 18, 2019
- The Washington Times'Hate crime' against Darnell McPherson, S.C. mayor, turns out to be pollenMarch 5, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsSmollett reveals real danger in jumping to conclusionsFebruary 28, 2019
- The Washington TimesMore than half of Americans endure online harassment, note uptick in hate crimes: ADL pollFebruary 13, 2019
If proven, Smollett allegations could be a ‘career killer’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For five years, Jussie Smollett has been enmeshed in weekly drama on the set of "Empire," the Fox TV series that gave the actor a breakout role and the fame to advance his...
Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics
Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to...
Indiana Senate approves stripped-down hate crimes bill
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-dominated Indiana Senate passed a stripped down hate crimes bill Thursday and sent the measure to the House, where Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and others hope...
Actor Smollett allegedly lied about hate crime
Police: Smollett faked hate crime for pay raise
Minnesota lawmaker seeks crackdown on fake hate crime claims
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker wants tougher penalties for falsely reporting hate crimes in his state after an actor in Chicago was accused of doing so.
Utah man charged with hate crimes in attack on Mexicans
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who authorities say shouted that he wanted to "kill Mexicans" before attacking three Latinos at a tire shop in Salt Lake City was charged Wednesday with a hate...
Indiana Senate removes list of biases from hate crimes bill
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state Senate has removed sexual orientation, gender identity, race and a list of other characteristics from a hate crimes bill.
New hate-crime charges filed in Florida MLK confrontation
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,...
Salt Lake police investigating attack on gay man in video
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 downtown Salt Lake sidewalk early Sunday, shows a man approaching Sal Trejo and asking him if he's gay. After Trejo confirms he's gay, the approaching man is shown throwing a punch.
Indiana hate crimes bill advances despite conservative foes
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 Latest: Indiana Senate panel backs hate crimes bill
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on debate over a proposed Indiana hate crimes law (all times local):
A proposed Indiana hate crimes law has been endorsed by a state legislative committee.
AG: Sentencing law applies to transgender hate crimes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Tennessee attorney general opinion says judges can apply hate crime enhancements when sentencing cases that target transgender individuals.
State Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued the opinion on Feb. 8 after receiving a request from Democratic Rep. Mike Stewart seeking clarity on the issue.
FBI: Planned Parenthood clinic fire is possible hate crime
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Missouri, was intentionally set and is being investigated as a possible hate crime, the FBI said in a statement Tuesday.
The agency also said it is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the fire early Sunday .
Police investigating shots that broke synagogue’s windows
LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating several shots that broke windows at a synagogue in Ohio.
Officers in Lima (LEYE'-muh) say they believe it's a case of vandalism and not a hate crime.
They say it appears that several windows at the Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek synagogue were broken Friday night by either a BB gun or pellet gun.
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other counts Monday, but his new lawyer — a prominent death penalty litigator who represented one of the Boston Marathon bombers — signaled he might be open to a plea deal.
3 Croats face hate crime charges in attack on Serbian team
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Three people detained in Croatia over an attack on Serbian water polo team players at a seaside cafe face hate crime charges, police said Monday.
The Latest: Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the arraignment for the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter (all times local):
A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue has pleaded not guilty.
Forty-six-year-old Robert Bowers was in federal court Monday and pleaded not guilty to a new indictment that added 19 additional counts.
UK police probing damage to Jewish cemetery as hate crime
LONDON (AP) — Police in northwestern England say they are investigating vandalism at a Jewish cemetery as a hate crime.
The Greater Manchester Police department says parts of the Jewish cemetery in Whitefield were damaged on Friday or Saturday. The force says a prominent headstone was damaged, windows and sinks were smashed, and a surveillance camera system was destroyed.
Lawmakers table proposal to add homeless to hate crimes law
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico bill that had proposed adding the homeless as a protected class under the state's hate crime's statute has been tabled in the Legislature.
The statute proposed by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, an Albuquerque Democrat, initially had been listed on a legislative schedule for a hearing Tuesday before the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee.
Bills to expand hate crimes law die at Mississippi Capitol
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi this year will not expand its hate crimes law to allow stronger criminal penalties for crimes against additional groups.
Advocates asked legislators include crimes targeting people because of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability under the law.
State police note lapse in hate crime reporting
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police says they need to do a better job of reporting hate crimes.
WCAX-TV reports Vermont law enforcement agencies voluntarily reported 34 hate crimes in 2017. Vermont State Police initially reported zero.
NYC sees sharp increase in reported hate crimes
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is seeing a sharp increase in reported hate crimes while shootings, robberies and other crimes are down.
The NYPD said Tuesday that it's investigated 42 hate crimes through Feb. 4, compared with 19 at the same point last year.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says most of the incidents have been anti-Semitic in nature.
Bills seek to add groups under Mississippi hate crimes law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Advocates want Mississippi to expand its hate crimes law to allow stiffer penalties for crimes targeting people because of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability under the law.
Hate crime charged in deadly Chinese buffet hammer attack
NEW YORK (AP) — The suspect in a fatal hammer attack last month at a Chinese restaurant in New York City was arraigned Friday from a psychiatric ward on murder and hate crime charges.
Arthur Martunovich, 34, was ordered held without bail.
He has been hospitalized since his arrest in the wake of the Jan. 15 dinnertime ambush that killed three men at Seaport Buffet in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn.
New charges added in alleged attack near LA synagogue
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Seattle man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting to murder two men near a Los Angeles synagogue.
Mohamed Abdi Mohamed entered the plea Thursday to the new charges added in an amended felony complaint filed on Jan. 29.
Mohamed previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon as well as a hate crime allegation filed last year.
Police arrest juvenile in vandalism of Hindu temple
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a juvenile suspect has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief in connection with vandalism at a Hindu temple.
Louisville Metro Police Detective Russell Montfort told news outlets the 17-year-old suspect was arrested Thursday after police received a tip.
Authorities say the teen broke windows and spray-painted "repugnant messages of hate" and black crosses inside the Swaminarayan Temple sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning.
‘Empire’ actor’s family calls for justice in Chicago attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett's family said Thursday that the attack on the black and gay "Empire" actor in downtown Chicago this week was a "hate crime" and they pushed back against any suggestion that he was anything but honest with the police.
The Latest: Family says attack on actor was hate crime
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local)
The family of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett says that they have no doubt that the actor is a victim of a "racial and homophobic hate crime."
“Empire” actor’s family says Chicago attack was ‘hate crime’
CHICAGO (AP) — The family of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement through a spokesman Thursday in response to what Smollett told police was a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago earlier this week. Here is their statement:
Police: Kentucky Hindu temple vandalized in hate crime
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a Hindu temple in Louisville has been vandalized in a hate crime, its windows broken and walls covered in hateful messages.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad tells The Courier Journal that "repugnant messages of hate" were spray-painted on its walls during a break-in this week.