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    An Oklahoma state senator said Tuesday he plans to file a bill classifying targeted assaults or threats against law enforcement officers as hate crimes. Sen. Casey Murdock’s (R-Felt) proposed legislation also included first responders, national guardsmen, and military service members, according to a press release by the Oklahoma Senate. “Under current law, crimes with specific intent to incite or cause violence against a person based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability are prohibited,” WFLA reported. The Republican senator said targeted crimes against police should be on that list. He stated: After the events this weekend in California – and the terrible attack on our police officers in Tulsa earlier this summer – it’s more important than ever to protect our...
    CHICAGO -- Chicago's police department is surveying residents on its policies, including the agency's response to hate crimes and interactions with children and people with disabilities.The public surveys will be open for online responses until Oct. 15. Topics also include policies on prohibition of sexual misconduct, language access and interactions with religious communities.The surveys are part of court-ordered reforms after the U.S. Justice Department found a history of racial bias and excessive use of force by Chicago police.Deputy Supt. Barbara West oversees the department's Office of Constitutional Policing and Reform."In order for our policies to be truly effective, they must reflect the community's input, feedback and shared experiences," West said.West said the department also plans to begin focus groups on...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state’s Hate Crimes Task Force to assist NYPD members investigating racist graffiti discovered on a New York University building. It happened at 31 Washington Place around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, according to police. Investigators said someone drew swastikas and wrote anti-Black statements in black marker on the building. In a statement Friday, Cuomo said: I am appalled to see media reports of hateful anti-Semitic and anti-Black graffiti scrawled on the side of an NYU building. The fact that Rosh Hashanah begins tonight makes this bigoted graffiti all the more hurtful, as does the placement on a building dedicated to education. This is not who we are as New...
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa City Council has unanimously approved the first hate crimes ordinance for Oklahoma's second-largest city. The council approved the measure Wednesday, and Mayor G.T. Bynum said he supports it and will sign it into law. It's similar to an existing state hate crimes law, but includes four additional protected classes: gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, the Tulsa World reported. It applies only to misdemeanor crimes because those are the only crimes the city prosecutes. The crimes include assault and battery, vandalizing or destroying personal property, and the threat of such actions, among other things. Those convicted of violating the ordinance could be fined up to $1,000 and jailed for up to six...
    Oklahoma Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, will file legislation later in the fall that will classify any targeted assault or threat to a law enforcement officer, first responder, national guardsman or military service member as a hate crime. Currently, malicious crimes with the intent to incite or produce violence directed against a person based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability are prohibited. “After the events this weekend in California – and the terrible attack on our police officers in Tulsa earlier this summer – it’s more important than ever to protect our law enforcement officers and the individuals putting their lives on the line to protect our safety,” Murdock said. State Sen. Casey Murdock plans to introduce...
    LARKSPUR, Calif. (KGO) -- Central Marin Police are investigating anti-semitic social media posts targeting students as possible hate crimes.Two weeks ago, someone opened an Instagram account with an offensive caricature that said, "Redwood Students organized in anti semitism. Currently compiling a google doc of Jews in the district. Hit us up if you want to help! wehatej3ws dot com."RELATED: New York Hanukkah stabbing suspect indicted on 6 counts of attempted murder"This is what happened in Nazi Germany, when they collected a list of Jewish names, targeted them for slaughter. So some of these students who were targeted, this is how their grandparents and great grandparents were killed," said Stacy Friedman, the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Rodef Shalom in San Rafael.She...
    This afternoon, the results of a three-year study on hate crimes against the Latino LGBTQ community in Miami were released. The study was carried out with a fund of 500 thousand dollars from the Department of Justice, and its conclusions will allow to better respond to hate crimes based on sexual identity, but also on race, religion and disability. Hitting attacks on gay couples such as those that occurred in Miami Beach in recent years showed the extent to which hate crimes are repeated in South Florida. Besiki Kutateladze, from the FIU Criminal Justice Department, assures that “The focus of this investigative work determined that almost half of those surveyed were victims of a...
    Two women accused of stealing a Make America Great Again hat from a protester outside of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s DNC acceptance speech will be charged with “hate crimes” along with assault, conspiracy, offensive touching, and endangering the welfare of a child according to Delaware Online. As the Daily Wire reported back in August, two 21-year-old women were arrested in connection with an attack that happened outside of Biden’s DNC speech. The women, who were reportedly attending the event, tangled with a group of counte-protesters, stealing a woman’s MAGA hat, taunting a 7-year-old boy who went to retrieve the item, and then allegedly attacking a bystander — also a counter-protesters — who tried to intervene to protect the woman and...
    Two women have been indicted on hate crime charges following a confrontation last month with supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP primary to take on Pappas MORE at the Democratic National Convention in Wilmington, Del. According to Delaware New Journal, Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, 21-year-olds from Wilmington, were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday. A video uploaded to social media shows the two women damaging signs and grabbing a red MAGA hat from a group of Trump supporters protesting former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite...
    TWO women are facing hate crime charges after they snatched a MAGA hat from a seven-year-old boy and attempted to assault his mother. The pair were caught on camera in Wilmington on August 20 - just a few hundred feet from where Joe Biden gave his DNC acceptance speech that day. 5Two women have been charged with a hate crime after allegedly taking a MAGA hat from a seven-year-old boyCredit: Twitter/Trump Students 5Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, both 21, have been indicted after the incidentCredit: Twitter/Trump Students 5Footage went viral after it was posted online by Students for TrumpCredit: Twitter / Students for Trump They were arrested days after the alleged incident. On Tuesday, a grand jury in Delaware indicted...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Enough. That's the simple message behind the movement #TheyCantBurnUsAll.Rapper China Mac and actor Will Lex Ham are the founders and they talked with ABC7 Anchor Dion Lim about the meaning behind it.RELATED: Asian community fighting racism, xenophobia, bigotry as world fights COVID-19The title of the movement is named after the heartbreaking story of 89-year-old woman who was attacked and then set on fire."Now is a time for us to unify and to unite and protect our communities together," Mac said. "There's strength in numbers and, when we fight, we need to fight together."America has seen a rise in hate crimes toward Asian Americans in the wake of COVID-19 - more than 2,500 incidents across the country....
    The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers spurred nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. This wave protests started in May and is still going on today. Since these protests began, many more black individuals have been injured or killed at the hands of police. Furthermore, while fighting for justice and against racism, many protestors have become victims of vigilante and police brutality. After the shooting of Jacob Blake in front of his own children, protestors once again took to the streets. On Tuesday, August 25th, unarmed protesters were walking through Kenosha, when a group of white militia members carrying deadly weapons, assembled at a gas station to “protect it.” Video evidence from that night shows police officers thanking the...
    An Asian duo was spat at and attacked in Manhattan on Wednesday night by a man on a bicycle who ranted about China and said the country “has virus,” sources said. The victims, a 29-year-old man and a woman, 28, told police they were targeted by the suspect at East 19th Street and Broadway at about 8:30 p.m., police sources said. “You are Chinese, God hates China, China has virus”, the man said to the duo before spitting at them, sources said. The suspect then chucked his orange bike at the man, who suffered bruising and scratches from the impact, sources said. The attacker fled and no arrests were immediately made. In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Community leaders in an Arkansas region that has struggled with racism and white supremacists over the years on Wednesday endorsed an effort by the governor and lawmakers to enact a hate crimes law. The leaders of Harrison and surrounding Boone County signed resolutions denouncing bigotry and racism, and urging state lawmakers to pass “substantive, comprehensive” hate crimes legislation. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a bipartisan group of legislators earlier this month unveiled a proposal to enhance penalties for crimes motivated by the victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation or other factors. “I am hoping now that our community can come together, respect everyone and move forward in one positive direction,” Harrison Mayor Jerry Jackson said at...
    The man accused of robbing three transgender women in Hollywood earlier this month in what police have called a hate crime was released from jail Tuesday after prosecutors asked detectives to dig deeper into the case before they filed charges, authorities said. Carlton Callway, 29, was arrested last week in Bakersfield on suspicion of the Aug. 17 robbery that was filmed in a video on Hollywood Boulevard, but he was released from jail Tuesday after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office delayed filing charges in the case, pending further investigation by Los Angeles police. Jail records show he was released Tuesday afternoon. Video widely shared on social media showed a man threatening popular influencers Eden the Doll, Jaslene Whiterose...
    SAN ANTONIO – A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives has proposed a bill that will address hate crime increases by improving reporting and education. The National Opposition to Hate, Assaults, and Threats to Equality, or NO HATE Act, was put forth by the Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus in response to a spike in hate crimes targeting both of the respective demographics. The most recent FBI report on hate crimes shows an 11.7% rise from last year in the number of violent hate crimes committed. The number of victims in anti-Latino or Hispanic hate crimes rose over 21% in 2018. Jewish people were the targets of 57.8% of all religious bias crimes in 2018, despite making up less than 2% of the...
    Two men were arrested in an alleged hate crime attack and robbery of three transgender women in Los Angeles this week, according to a police report. The prime suspect is Carlton Callway, 29, who was arrested Thursday in Bakersfield on suspicion of hate crime enhancement, a CW affiliate KTLA reported. Justin Eisenberg, deputy chief for the Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau, also announced that Willie Walker, 42, was arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of extortion. "What was particularly callous about these crimes was the actions of the onlookers, who are recorded and appear to celebrate the assaults rather than render aid and assist the victims," Eisenberg told reporters in a news briefing Thursday. The incident occurred on Monday around 2...
    The New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced a new task force to help combat racism. The department created the Asian Hate Crime Task Force in response to an increase in racist attacks on Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. The department has seen an increase of hate crimes to 21 reported crimes and 17 results arrests since March 21, a figure that Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said was higher than normal. “This task force has been built and will continue to build trust and understanding between the NYPD and with Asian New Yorkers,” said Harrison. Harrison noted that many Asian Americans don’t report crimes, which also contributed to the need for the task...
    (CNN)Arkansas hopes to put a hate crimes law on the books and end its status as one of three states without hate crimes legislation.On Wednesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the state attorney general and a group of bipartisan state legislators unveiled draft legislation to be considered next year when lawmakers convene for the next General Assembly session in January. The proposal would increase penalties by no more than 20% for crimes where an offender targets a victim because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, homelessness or military service."We need to say clearly that Arkansas will not tolerate violence against anyone because of their race, their religion or because of who they are," Hutchinson, a...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Republican governor, attorney general and a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would impose harsher penalties for crimes motivated by the victim’s race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, an effort that would end the state’s distinction as one of three without a hate crimes law. The bill would impose up to 20% additional jail times or fines for targeting someone because of those factors and others, including sex, religion, gender identity, disability or military service. Prosecutors could only seek the enhanced penalties if they can prove the victim’s attributes was a substantial factor in the crime being committed. “We need to say clearly that Arkansas will not tolerate violence against anyone because of...
    By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor, attorney general and nearly two dozen lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday imposing harsher penalties for committing crimes against someone because of their race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, an effort that would end the state's distinction as one of three without a hate crimes law. The bill would impose up to 20% additional jail times or fines for targeting someone because of those factors and others, including sex, religion, gender identity, disability or military service. “We need to say clearly that Arkansas will not tolerate violence against anyone because of their race, their religion or who they are," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a news conference at the state...
    Twitter Judy and Dennis Shepard’s son, Matthew, was killed in 1998 in a hate crime as a result of he was homosexual. Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence submit and severely crushed with the butt of a pistol earlier than being left to die in Laramie, Wyoming, on October 7, 1998. Shepard was discovered by a bicyclist 18 hours after being left for lifeless, and died in a hospital on October 12. The nation was horrified on the cruelty finished to the 21-year-old College of Wyoming pupil who was attacked and killed as a result of he was homosexual. However nobody might have been extra horrified than Matthews’s mother and father,...
    Twitter Judy and Dennis Shepard's son, Matthew, was killed in 1998 in a hate crime because he was gay. Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence post and severely beaten with the butt of a pistol before being left to die in Laramie, Wyoming, on October 7, 1998. Shepard was found by a bicyclist 18 hours after being left for dead, and died in a hospital on October 12. The nation was horrified at the cruelty done to the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was attacked and killed because he was gay. But no one could have been more horrified than Matthews’s parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard. Since that terrible time, the Shepards have tirelessly worked to...
    (CNN)The New York Police Department announced the creation of an Asian Hate Crime Task Force after an increase in racist attacks against Asian Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told reporters Tuesday. Since March 21, there have been 21 reported anti-Asian hate crimes that have resulted in 17 arrests, according to Harrison, which he said is higher than normal.Victims have been reluctant to speak with police during investigations, he said, because of language barriers, cultural differences and fear of the police. In May, Deputy Inspector Stewart Loo proposed the creation of an anti-Asian hate crime task force, hoping that through a dedicated team they could build a better rapport with the community. The team includes 25...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has formed a new task force to fight an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Police say there have been 21 hate crimes against Asian Americans reported since March. Seventeen of those led to arrests. RELATED STORY: March Against Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans Held In Manhattan The NYPD says the attacks, both verbal and physical, are being fueled by anti-Asian rhetoric about the coronavirus. “This hit home for me because I have friends, families, who are legitimately afraid to go outside because they fear for their safety,” said NYPD Deputy Inspector Stewart Loo. RELATED STORY: Volunteers Band Together To Keep Community Safe With Racist Attacks Against Asian Americans On The Rise The...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The NYPD on Tuesday announced the formation of a new Asian Hate Crime Task Force, organized in response to a string of recent crimes against Asians across New York City.Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, NYC has experience 21 anti-Asian hate crime incidents. The biggest spike was in May.Among the incidents is an attack on an 89-year-old woman who had her shirt set on fire in Brooklyn last month.The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is is assisting in that investigation.Among the 21 incidents reported in NYC, 17 have resulted in arrests and four of those arrests were aided by the task force involvement.Back in May, the NYPD announced that hate crimes against Asian Americans is...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The COVID-19 pandemic not only made many people sick and killed thousands, but it motivated bigots to lash out at Chinese and other Asian Americans across New York City. The NYPD tallied no fewer than 21 hate crimes against Asian New Yorkers since the pandemic began in the spring. To help solve these cases, better communicate with victims and bring the perpetrators to justice, the NYPD announced on Aug. 18 the formation of a new, 25-member Asian American Hate Crime Task Force. Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison introduced the new task force and its commander, Deputy Inspector Hisao “Stewart” Loo from...
    The NYPD has created a first-ever Asian Hate Crimes Task Force in the wake of a string of incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic that targeted Asians, officials announced Tuesday. “During the coronavirus pandemic starting in March, New York City experienced 21 anti-Asian hate crimes,” Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said at One Police Plaza. “This increase was cultivated due to the anti-Asian rhetoric about the virus that was publicized and individuals began to attack Asian New Yorkers — either verbal attack or physical assault. We saw a spike in every borough throughout the city.” Police made 17 arrests as a result of the nearly two dozen anti-Asian hate crimes — all COVID-19-related — since since March 21, Harrison said. It...
    An Indiana man who burned crosses, displayed swastikas, and made signs with racist slurs was charged with a hate crime for intimidating his Black neighbor. Shepherd Hoehn became angry at his neighbor’s decision to remove a tree on the neighbor’s own property, and “took several steps to intimidate and interfere with his neighbor and the construction workers.” Hoehn is accused of the following tactics used to intimidate his neighbor: burning a cross above the fence line facing his neighbor’s property, displaying a swastika on the outer side of his fence, making a large sign with “anti-Black racial slurs” next to the swastika, displaying a machete near the sign, throwing eggs at his neighbor’s home, and loudly played the song...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania State Police announced the expansion of its Heritage Affairs Section. State police have added five full-time section staffers, which include one commander and four Heritage Affairs Liaison officers. All come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and have varying education and work experience, according to police. “That’s one thing that PSP is working on, to build a department that reflects the diversity of the commonwealth,” spokesperson Ryan Tarkowski told KDKA. Each officer covers one section of the state. The HALO assigned to western Pennsylvania covers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forrest, Greene, Jefferson, Lawrence McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren, and Washington counties. HALOs are assigned to prevent and investigate hate crimes,...
    An anti-Semitic message was discovered on a building that houses the New York Professional Nurses Union on the Upper East Side — the second hateful note discovered in the neighborhood in the past two weeks. The note scrawled in front of the Upper East Side building was similar to the one found taped on the storefront office window of Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright nearby on York Avenue, a union rep said Wednesday. The lurid messages, which The Post is not reprinting, made sexual references and alluded to Jewish stereotypes. Eileen Toback, the executive director of the nurses’ union who is Jewish, said she reported the hateful message to the NYPD’s 19th Precinct and its hate crimes unit after seeing The...
    Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) says that the fact that Hollywood actor Jussie Smollet’s “hate crime” story turned out to be a hoax should not distract from the larger truth of rising hate crimes. When Smollett first reported January 29 that he had been attacked by two white men who had shouted racist and homophobic slurs, and who had added, “This is MAGA country,” as they put a noose around his neck, Harris called the alleged hate crime “an attempted modern day lynching.” .@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed into law a new measure providing additional legal protections to police officers, a step that critics say is flawed and out of step with nationwide efforts to make officers more accountable for their actions. House Bill 838 creates a new crime: bias-motivated intimidation, which would apply to the death or serious bodily injury of a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician. The crime would also apply any time someone causes more than $500 in damage to property owned by police, firefighters or emergency medical technicians because of “actual or perceived employment as a first responder.” The measure was passed alongside a new bill penalizing...
    As the Seattle City Council moves to defund the city’s police department by 50 percent, minority communities in the area often targeted in violent hate crimes are worried for their safety, former city council candidate Ari Hoffman said. "It seems like the experiment of the CHOP, the failure of it, wasn’t clear to elected officials, when they removed cops... [and it] resulted in two deaths of two African-American teenagers," Hoffman told "Fox & Friends" on Sunday. "Now, they want to expand that to the city," he explained. "At the same time, they have not put forth any plans to address how to keep communities at risk safe, like the Jewish community, the Asian community, who had incidents of violence before." Hoffman pointed to a 2006 shooting at the Seattle Jewish Federation building, during which SWAT was called to intervene and successfully minimized the number...
    Torrance Police Department/ Facebook A California couple was arrested on charges of a hate crime and vandalism on Friday, according to the Torrance Police Department.  Gregory and Rachel Howell were arrested after a racist incident in Torrance, California where they yelled "White power," and, "Only white lives matter," at a Black man and his girlfriend. One of the victims, Itzel Lopez told KTLA, "Never in my life did I think I was gonna experience this. It's actually really scary. They don't even know you and they're willing to hurt you." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A California couple was arrested on Friday for a hate crime and vandalism for a racist confrontation that occurred last week,...
    A white couple are facing hate crime charges after they were filmed attacking a car with a shovel, screaming 'only white lives matter' and doing a Nazi salute in front of a Mexican woman and her black boyfriend.    Gregory and Rachel Howell, both 29, were arrested and charged with vandalism and hate crimes on Friday, a week after they were involved in an apparent road rage incident in Torrance, California, on July 22.    Itzel Lopez recorded shocking video of the Howells confronting her and her boyfriend after they noticed that the white couple was tailing them.   Lopez said the Howells followed them for several miles before overtaking them and stopping at a traffic light, where they got out of their...
    (CNN)As Natalia Miranda lay on the ground, she didn't know how she got there. Her body was severely swollen and her clothes were torn and dirty.A SUV ran over the 14-year-old a few weeks before Christmas last year. She says she was walking the two blocks between her home in Clive, Iowa, and her junior high school to watch a basketball game. Neither Natalia or her parents could make sense of what happened but soon, police told the family that it wasn't an accident. The driver, a White woman, admitted that she intentionally hit the teen, police said."Her intention was clear ... because she looks Mexican," Natalia's father, Cesar Miranda told CNN, referring to what the driver told police.In the...
    A married couple were arrested and charged with hate crimes Friday for allegedly using a shovel to smash the vehicle of another couple, with the wife heard on video saying,"White lives matter,” and her husband seen performing a Nazi salute during the incident, authorities said. Gregory Howell of Carson and his wife, Rachel Howell of Seal Beach, both 29, were allegedly caught on video during the incident about 10:30 p.m. on July 22, according to the Torrance Police Department. In the video circulated on social media, the two suspects — who appear to be a white man and white woman — are seen outside of their white pickup at a stoplight near Artesia Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, according to Torrance...
    HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- A popular gay bar in Harlem was broken into and robbed on Tuesday, according to officials.Police say a report was filed for a burglary that occurred at Alibi Lounge in Harlem on Tuesday just before noon.They say a 28-year-old man reported the incident to police after he received a notification of an alarm and discovered damage to the front door of the 7th Avenue bar and found $380 was stolen from the register.This is not the first time Alibi Lounge has been a target.The bar was the target of a hate crime last year, in which two rainbow flags were set on fire outside the club ahead of Pride Month.WATCH | Police investigate hate crime after...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a march Saturday against hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, which have been on the rise since the coronavirus pandemic began. Demonstrators chanted “stop the violence, stop the hate” as they marched from Columbus Park in Chinatown to Washington Square Park. Community activists say people of Asian descent are being blamed for the spread of the coronavirus. RELATED STORY: Volunteers Band Together To Keep Community Safe With Racist Attacks Against Asian Americans On The Rise Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 2,000 reported hate crimes against Asian Americans nationwide. “There’s been reports of Asians being attacked or verbally harassed,” community activist Shirley Ng said. “People are judging us by our...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Detectives are investigating three hate crime assaults which took place during a large Armenian demonstration Tuesday outside the Azerbaijan Consulate in the Brentwood area that resulted in several clashes. Armenian protesters clash with Azerbaijani counter-protesters outside the Azerbaijan Consulate in Brentwood. July 21, 2020. (CBSLA) The demonstration happened in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard and was organized by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). The protest was over border tensions between the two countries which sparked earlier this month. According to the ANCA, on July 12, Azerbaijan began engaging in unprovoked armed confrontation along the border. According to Los Angeles police, a crowd of Armenian protesters estimated at about 500 people gathered near the...
            by Mary Margaret Olohan  Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks denounced incidents of vandalism of Catholic churches that have occurred throughout the United States in a Friday statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, and called on the Department of Justice to investigate the attacks. The Indiana representative spoke out Friday following repeated instances of apparently anti-Catholic attacks in Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and many more locations. Banks said that as hate crimes increase throughout the country, not every hate crime is given the same amount of attention. “We’re seeing an uptick in targeted crimes and hate against many communities throughout the United States, but only some are receiving any recognition at all,” Banks told the DCNF. “It...
    Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks denounced incidents of vandalism of Catholic churches that have occurred throughout the United States in a Friday statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, and called on the Department of Justice to investigate the attacks. The Indiana representative spoke out Friday following repeated instances of apparently anti-Catholic attacks in Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and many more locations. Banks said that as hate crimes increase throughout the country, not every hate crime is given the same amount of attention. “We’re seeing an uptick in targeted crimes and hate against many communities throughout the United States, but only some are receiving any recognition at all,” Banks told the DCNF. “It seems crimes are highlighted...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – A San Jose dental clinic that serves mainly Native Americans may have been the target of racist messages, according to the staff. “Absolutely we are being targeted,” said Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley Director of Development and Communications Gerardo Loera. “It seems super passive aggressive.” Loera said surveillance cameras caught a person on Tuesday around 5:15 a.m. walking their two dogs, stopping and then crouching where staff later discovered the letters “WLM” near the entrance of the building. “White lives matter, WLM,” Loera said. But it wasn’t the first time they said they were victimized. On June 23rd, Loera said staff found the words “White Power Forever” at the both the front and...
    A pair of suspects accused of beating a black Connecticut hotel worker in a racially motivated attack were busted in Brooklyn and charged with hate crimes this week, police said in a statement. Authorities in Stonington, Connecticut said the US Marshals Service and the NYPD took Philip Sarner, 39, and Emily Orbay, 27, into custody in Brooklyn early Monday in connection to the June 26 attack at the Quality Inn in Mystic. Both will be extradited to Connecticut to face a charge of intimidation based on bigotry and bias, the state’s hate crime statute, cops said. Sarner will also face a second and third-degree assault charge, and Orbay will be charged with two counts of third-degree assault. The victim, 59-year-old...
    A pair of suspects accused of beating a black Connecticut hotel worker in a racially motivated attack were busted in Brooklyn and charged with hate crimes this week, police said in a statement. Authorities in Stonington, Connecticut said the US Marshals Service and the NYPD took Philip Sarner, 39, and Emily Orbay, 27, into custody in Brooklyn early Monday in connection to the June 26 attack at the Quality Inn in Mystic. Both will be extradited to Connecticut to face a charge of intimidation based on bigotry and bias, the state’s hate crime statute, cops said. Sarner will also face a second and third-degree assault charge, and Orbay will be charged with two counts of third-degree assault. The victim, 59-year-old...
    A California man was charged with a hate crime after allegedly hurling racial epithets at a group of Black people in a parking lot before striking at least one of them with his car last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Dennis Aaron Wyman, 42, of Redondo Beach, faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a car, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in serious injury to another person "with the special allegation that the alleged crimes were hate crimes," according to a statement released by the district attorney's office. His bail was set at $115,000. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison if convicted. DEMOCRAT SHERIFF...
    A 42-year-old Redondo Beach man has been charged with a hate crime after prosecutors say he drove his car into a group of Black people outside a Torrance hotel while shouting racial epithets. Dennis Wyman faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in serious injury to another person, with the special allegation that the alleged crimes were hate crimes, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The charges stem from a June 29 incident when, authorities say, Wyman began yelling racial insults at a group of Black people in the parking lot of the Staybridge Suites at 19901 Prairie Ave. According to the Torrance Police Department, Wyman got...
    Public health officials are keeping the British people in the dark about the location of new coronavirus outbreaks to prevent “community tensions” and “hate crimes”. Members of the public “are not being given a full, accurate, picture of where coronavirus cases are — to protect people who test positive from possible hate attacks,” according to Jane Haynes, Politics & People Editor at BirminghamLive, following an interview with Dr Helen Carter, deputy director for Public Health England (PHE) in England’s West Midlands. “We have had some incredibly upset people who have spoken of neighbours not speaking to them, of communities not being supportive,” Dr Carter told the reporter. “Having supported some incredibly distressed members of the public there is an element of wanting...
    SANTA CRUZ — The latest in a recent series of local hate crime allegations, a 43-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of racial epithets. Ole Hougen, a 42-year-old white homeless man, has been accused by the Santa Cruz Police Department of drawing a knife on, slashing at and screaming racial slurs at a Black man Sunday evening near San Lorenzo Boulevard and Broadway. Lt. Warren Barry said that the victim received a minor head abrasion in the confrontation, but no serious injury. Hougen allegedly continued acting “out of control” when police arrived, requesting a “white person to help” take him into custody and continuing to make racial comments and...
    Police are investigating after a Black Lives Matter mural painted in Chicago was defaced to read 'All Lives Matter'.  Supporters of the mural, which is 100 feet in width and runs along a roadway in the Oak Park neighborhood, were left shaken by the act of vandalism, which occurred sometime on Tuesday night.  On Wednesday morning, community groups came out to wash the graffiti off the mural with a power hose.  'It cleaned up really well, [but] there are some areas that the artists eventually may want to look at restoring some of the paint,' Oak Park Arts official Camille Wilson White told The Chicago Tribune.  No one has yet been arrested by the vandalism, but investigators claim they have...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock became the first city in Arkansas to pass a measure with increased penalties specifically for hate crimes that target people based on their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The city's Board of Directors on Tuesday approved the ordinance that would enforce up to $1,000 in fines for a first offense, depending on the violation. In addition, the penalty includes a sentence of 30 days, 90 days or a year in jail or a combination of fine and imprisonment. Arkansas is one of only four states without a specific hate crimes law, declining over the years to follow the national legal trend for combatting violence incited by prejudice, discrimination...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock became the first city in Arkansas to pass a measure with increased penalties specifically for hate crimes that target people based on their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The city’s Board of Directors on Tuesday approved the ordinance that would enforce up to $1,000 in fines for a first offense, depending on the violation. In addition, the penalty includes a sentence of 30 days, 90 days or a year in jail or a combination of fine and imprisonment. Arkansas is one of only four states without a specific hate crimes law, declining over the years to follow the national legal trend for combatting violence incited by prejudice,...
    A Trump-supporting California couple has been charged with hate crimes after they painted over a sanctioned Black Lives Matter mural with black paint.  Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, were charged by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime.  They were captured on video on July 4 defacing a Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez by painting over it with black paint.  Anderson is seen in the footage using a large paint roller to paint over the letters 'B' and 'L' in the word Black, which had been painted yellow.    According to the district attorney's office, a Martinez resident applied for a permit to paint the temporary mural in front of...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Police are investigating an anti-Semitic incident in Forest Hills, where a vehicle was found vandalized with the carving of a swastika on July 3, according to authorities. The crime, reported to the police at the 112th Precinct at around 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, is being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.  According to authorities, a 61-year-old man parked his car in the vicinity of 64th Road and 102th Street. When he returned to his car the following day, he observed that the tires on the passenger side of the vehicle had been punctured with an unknown object,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — More than 800 anti-Asian American hate incidents related to COVID-19 were reported across in California over the three months between March and June, according to advocacy groups that compile the data. The incidents include physical attacks, verbal assaults, workplace discrimination and online harassment. The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action launched a hate incident reporting website on March 19 when the coronavirus was becoming widespread across the U.S. and the media began reporting violent incidents targeting Asian-Americans. The online tool is available in multiple languages and allows users to report the information with the promise that personal information will be kept confidential. On Wednesday, the advocacy groups released an analysis...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Police on Friday released the names of a man and woman found dead Thursday morning at a Petaluma home in what’s being investigated as a murder-suicide. Mark Richard Passanisi, 56, died of a single gunshot wound and was found in a bedroom with a pistol near his body, according to police. Debbie Ann Passanisi, 54, had been shot more than once and was found in a common area of the home in the 1600 Block of Shenandoah Court, Petaluma police said. Their daughter, who was distraught when she called police at 9:53 a.m. Thursday, found the couple. Related Articles Pfc. Vanessa Guillen bludgeoned to death on Army base, family attorney says ...
    By STEFANIE DAZIO | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Anti-Semitic hate crimes in California rose nearly 12% in 2019, including a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue, even as hate crimes overall declined statewide by 4.8%, according to a state report released Wednesday. Hate crimes are historically under-reported and the 2019 data compiled by the state attorney general’s office does not include a recent rise in anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China. Although the report does not specifically mention the 2019 fatal shooting at the Chabad of Poway, a synagogue outside of San Diego, it’s clear that the year’s sole hate crime homicide victim is 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye. Nursing student John T. Earnest is accused...
    By STEFANIE DAZIO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anti-Semitic hate crimes in California rose nearly 12% in 2019, including a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue, even as hate crimes overall declined statewide by 4.8%, according to a state report released Wednesday. Hate crimes are historically under-reported and the 2019 data compiled by the state attorney general’s office does not include a recent rise in anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China. Although the report does not specifically mention the 2019 fatal shooting at the Chabad of Poway, a synagogue outside of San Diego, it's clear that the year's sole hate crime homicide victim is 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye. Nursing student John T. Earnest is accused...
    Barbecuing at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Selling water without a permit. Both instances in which a Black person was doing something deemed criminal by a white person. Both instances in which a white person called the police. Now, as racial tensions continue to flare as the nation protests the death of George Floyd and others, a Bay Area lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would make discriminatory 911 calls a hate crime, joining a handful of states in pushing to criminalize emergency calls. Three states — New York, Oregon and Washington — have recently enacted new laws. California’s proposal “would provide multiple pathways for justice for victims of racially weaponized 911 calls,” said Assemblyman Rob Bonta, an Alameda Democrat and...
    The Peach State is stricken from the list of states that does not have a hate crime law. Lawmakers approved the measure in its entirety Thursday, one day before the Georgia legislature adjourned for 2020, and Governor Kemp signed the bill into law Friday. The measure passed the House in a vote of 127-38. In the Senate, the measure passed 47-6. The final version provides sentencing guidelines for anyone who commits a crime based on race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, mental disability, or physical disability. The guidelines would apply for felonies and in misdemeanor offenses of simple assault, simple battery, criminal trespass, battery, and misdemeanor theft. “[W]e took an important, necessary step forward for Georgia. We stood...
    WASHINGTON - Since mid-March, a U.S.-based coalition has tracked more than 2,100 anti-Asian hate incidents, a troubling figure that Asian American advocates say is being fueled in part by political rhetoric against China during the coronavirus pandemic. While racial slurs and other forms of verbal harassment constituted the vast majority of the incidents, nearly eight percent involved physical assaults, businesses barring Asian Americans from entering their establishments due to misplaced coronavirus fears, and attackers coughing and spitting on victims, according to STOP AAPI Hate, an anti-Asian hate tracker.   In one incident in March, a group of African American teenagers on a commuter rail in San Francisco used their backpacks to attack a mask-wearing Asian American, saying he had...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed an historic hate-crimes bill into law on Friday. The bill, which the state legislature passed earlier this week, would give sentencing guidelines for anyone convicted of targeting a victim based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability or physical disability. The bill's passage came the same day as the funeral for Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was killed by an Atlanta officer while fleeing with his Taser. The state also faced weeks of unrest prior to Brooks’s death, following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody. Under the bill, somebody convicted of a hate crime would face an added 12 months for...
    (Reuters) - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Friday signed a hate crimes bill into law, adding penalties to criminals motivated by race, color, gender or sexual orientation. "We must do our part to make sure that our state is a place where people, no matter their skin color, can live and prosper," Kemp said at a signing ceremony. A previous hate-crimes law in the state was struck down by the Georgia Supreme Court in 2004 for being "unconstitutionally vague," and efforts to revise it over the years had failed. (Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta,) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed legislation allowing additional penalties to be imposed for crimes motivated by a victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation or other factors, removing Georgia from the dwindling list of U.S. states without a hate crimes law. State lawmakers acted with haste to pass the legislation, which had previously been stalled, following the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, as well as recent nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man pursued and fatally shot while running near Brunswick, Georgia, in February. Three white men, including a father and son, are charged with murder in his death. Kemp, a Republican, said Friday before signing...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed legislation allowing additional penalties to be imposed for crimes motivated by a victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation or other factors, removing Georgia from the dwindling list of U.S. states without a hate crimes law. State lawmakers acted with haste to pass the legislation, which had previously been stalled, following the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, as well as recent nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man pursued and fatally shot while running near Brunswick, Georgia, in February. Three white men, including a father and son, are charged with murder in his death. Kemp, a Republican, said Friday before signing the bill that it “does...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed legislation allowing additional penalties to be imposed for crimes motivated by a victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation or other factors, removing Georgia from the dwindling list of U.S. states without a hate crimes law. State lawmakers acted with haste to pass the legislation, which had previously been stalled, following the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, as well as recent nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man pursued and fatally shot while running near Brunswick, Georgia, in February. Three white men, including a father and son, are charged with murder in his death. Kemp, a Republican, said Friday before signing the bill that it “does...
    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Friday signed into law a landmark hates crime bill passed by the state legislature earlier this week. The new law mandates enhanced sentencing for defendants convicted of targeting a victim because of their "actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability, or physical disability." That would mean additional potential prison time or fines on top of sentences for the type of crime for which the defendant was convicted, such as assault, manslaughter or murder.  Gov. Brian Kemp prepares to sign Georgia's hate crime bill into law. CBS46 Before the passage of HB426, Georgia was one of four states with no hate crimes law on its books. South Carolina, Wyoming...
    The false alarm about the “noose” in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage followed is one of several recent incidents where a widely reported hate crime accusation involving a noose crumbled under scrutiny. Here are five recent examples of public outrage about a noose turning out to be either a false alarm or an outright hoax. Bubba Wallace Noose Incident The FBI announced Monday that it was investigating a noose found in Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway. Celebrities and sports stars flocked to support Wallace following news of the supposed noose, and the hashtag “#IStandWithBubba” trended on Twitter. Wallace said on Tuesday that he was offended by those who suggested the incident could be a hoax. “It offends me that people...
    BURLINGAME (CBS SF) — A 55-year-old San Francisco man has been charged with making criminal threats with a hate crime enhancement for allegedly threatening to shoot people wearing Black Lives Matter shirts at a restaurant in Burlingame earlier this month, prosecutors said Wednesday. Steven Cibotti is accused of confronting a family of five at about 5:25 p.m. on June 7 at Flights Restaurant at 1100 Burlingame Ave. after the family had attended a march in San Francisco, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The family, which includes children ages 7, 5 and 2, had T-shirts on that said Black Lives Matter, and Cibotti allegedly approached their table and yelled “blue lives matter” and pushed their table,...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s legislature on Tuesday passed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by business and many political leaders, sending the measure to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. The price Republicans exacted for moving that legislation forward was simultaneous passage of a separate bill that would mandate penalties for crimes targeting police and other first responders. The action comes after Senate Republicans had added police as a protected class to the hate crimes legislation last week in committee, but then later moved those protections to a separate bill in a deal between the parties. Democrats on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly against House Bill 838, which includes the increased protections for first responders. The hate crimes legislation, House Bill 426, had bipartisan...
    Both chambers of the Georgia legislature have approved legislation adding hate crime statutes to the Georgia code and the measure now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature. House Bill 426 had a long path to passage, beginning back in 2019. The Senate, led by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, refused to take up the bill during the 2019 legislative session and the first half of the 2020 session.  It was not until the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick made headlines across the country that Duncan decided to give consideration to the legislation. The bill was revived last week when lawmakers returned to the Capitol after a three month COVID-induced hiatus and Duncan held a press conference seeking to overhaul...
    The Georgia Legislature on Tuesday afternoon passed a hate crimes bill that will now head to the desk of Governor Brian Kemp. If signed into law, Georgia would no longer be among four states without hate crime legislation on its books.  Advocates and lawmakers renewed their push to pass the bill after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man pursued by two white men and shot dead while jogging through a Brunswick neighborhood on February 23.  The bill, HB426, passed the state Senate by a 47-6 vote and the state house 127-38. Kemp's office said in a statement released to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he would sign the bill pending legal review. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox...
    The Georgia legislature approved hate-crimes legislation after being one of four states in the country without a law explicitly against hate crimes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. After the vote, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) office said he “commends the General Assembly’s bipartisan work and will sign” the bill.  If approved by the governor and his legal team, the bill — originally passed by the Georgia House last year — would give sentencing guidelines for anyone convicted of targeting a victim based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability or physical disability. Under the bill, somebody convicted of a hate crime would face an added 12 months for a misdemeanor or at least two years for a...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s state Senate has passed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by state leaders after lawmakers struck a deal to remove language protecting police. The bill, passed Tuesday by a vote of 47-6, now goes back to the state House for debate of Senate changes, which include data collection and reporting requirements and the addition of sex as a protected factor. “Victims need protection against any attack motivated by hatred due to bias or prejudice,” said Sen. Donzella James, a Democrat from Atlanta, who spoke about her own experiences facing discrimination as a Black woman. “House Bill 426 is a measured approach at doing all of the things that we need to do to treat this injustice....
    Protections for law enforcement officers were removed from Georgia's first-ever hate crime bill by Republicans in the state Senate on Tuesday, one day after they first put them in. “We’ve had ongoing discussions with the minority party for the large part of two days and within our own Republican caucus and we’ve reached a compromise that I think everybody will be pleased with,” state Sen. Bill Cowsert (R) said, ABC News reports. The bill, originally passed last year by the Georgia House last year, would institute harsher penalties for hate crimes. Georgia is only one of four states in the country that doesn't have a law explicitly against hate crimes. There has been a renewed push for state lawmakers to pass such a law...
    Sen. Bill Cowsert speaks about a Georgia bill to restrict the reach of campus police in 2018. The Georgia GOP is trying to corrupt an effort to get hate crimes legislation passed in the state by adding “outrageous protections for cops under investigation” and even going so far as to allow “hate crime” charges for offenses against cops and other first responders, according to the Southern Center for Human Rights. The nonprofit is calling for Georgia voters to tweet and otherwise contact their senators to vote no on HB 838 after Republican Sen. Bill Cowsert snuck the changes into the proposed legislation last week. He announced the dubious plan late Monday during a Senate Rules Committee hearing, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  “We’re very hopeful that the House will be satisfied that...
    A white Macy’s employee was brutally assaulted by a black man in the middle of the store a few days ago. Video shows the assailant, Damire Palmer, punching the man in the head as he crawls on the ground begging Palmer to stop. The assailant’s brother, who filmed the crime and posted it proudly to social media, claims that the victim used the N-word. Even if true, that wouldn’t remotely justify felony assault. But it isn’t true. Macy’s investigated and confirmed that the attack was “unprovoked.” Also, the N-word claim is absurd on its face. A Macy’s employee is not going to casually refer to his black customers as racial slurs. If he had that habit, he would have been fired...
    By BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Opposition to proposed hate crimes legislation in Georgia is building from lawmakers and civil rights groups previously in favor of it after Republicans in the state Senate added police as a protected class. The ACLU and NAACP, as well as the state House and Senate Democratic caucuses are among those now standing against the hate crimes measure. The Rev. James Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP, said in an interview Monday that the addition of language protecting law enforcement is “toxic and a poison pill.” “We are demanding that the legislature amend this bill to take out the first responders provision and to include data collection so that we can ensure...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Opposition to proposed hate crimes legislation in Georgia is building from lawmakers and civil rights groups previously in favor of it after Republicans in the state Senate added police as a protected class. The ACLU and NAACP, as well as the state House and Senate Democratic caucuses are among those now standing against the hate crimes measure. The Rev. James Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP, said in an interview Monday that the addition of language protecting law enforcement is “toxic and a poison pill.” “We are demanding that the legislature amend this bill to take out the first responders provision and to include data collection so that we can ensure the lives of all Georgia...
    The Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would allow voters to decide whether they want to abolish county police departments, putting the fate of the much-maligned Glynn County Police Department in jeopardy following its handling of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting. Arbery was an unarmed black Georgia jogger who was allegedly gunned down by a white father and son with ties to local authorities while their neighbor captured the grisly incident on his cell phone video. All three were charged with murder but only after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in following weeks of inaction by local authorities and prosecutors. Glynn County has a disturbing history of tampering with crime scenes, as well as retaliation against whistleblowers...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A new proposal to give Georgia a law penalizing hate crimes — under attack from advocates who say it’s too broad it would penalize crimes against nearly everyone and also lacks key protections for transgender people — rolled onto the runway Thursday and promptly went back to the hangar for more work. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee started a meeting that had been delayed by two hours by announcing that a vote on House Bill 426 was off and that there would be only a hearing. Sen. Jesse Stone, a Waynesboro Republican, said efforts were continuing to “vet out all the ideas that are coming through.” The committee will try again Friday as the remaining...
    Oakland police shared images of an effigy found hanging from a tree Thursday, June 18, 2020 in the 2100 block of Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland, Calif. (Courtesy Oakland Police Department)  OAKLAND — A day after multiple ropes described as nooses were taken down from trees in a Lake Merritt park, police removed an effigy and American flag discovered on a lakeside tree Thursday. At 8:20 a.m., police said someone called them to report a fake body hanging from a noose on a tree in the 2100 block of Lakeshore Avenue, and added they had taken it down. When officers and a supervisor arrived at the scene, they found “material stuffed in the shape of a human body with a rope...
    (CNN)A hate crime investigation is underway after several nooses were found hanging from trees in Oakland, California.The nooses were found around the area of Lake Merritt and have been removed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a tweet on Wednesday."Symbols of racial violence have no place in Oakland and will not be tolerated," Schaaf said in a statement posted on Twitter. She added that the incident will be investigated as hate crimes.This incident follows the hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California that are being investigated by both local and federal agencies. Robert L. Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree early last Wednesday in Palmdale. His death was described by authorities as "an alleged death by...
    Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan unveiled an overhauled version of a hate crimes bill in the Georgia Senate Monday that would mean perpetrators of bias crimes could be charged separately with a hate crime under state law. Some leaders from the House, however, pushed for their version of the bill and noted that because the legislative session is nearly over, Duncan's plan jeopardizes the effort to pass any bill at all. Ahmaud Arbery Georgia is one of four states in the country without a hate crime law, which in other states typically take the form of sentencing enhancements. Advocates and lawmakers have renewed their push to enact a hate crime law in Georgia after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an...
    Authorities arrested a 61-year-old black pastor from Virginia after he pulled a gun on his attackers, who approached him on his own property. Five suspects, however, are now facing hate crimes charges. What are the details? Pastor Leon McCray Sr. was simply guarding his property when he came under attack from no less than five suspects. The incident took place on June 1 when the pastor attempted to prevent two white suspects from leaving an old refrigerator on the property of an apartment building he owns. McCray told WHSV-TV that the two suspects became "irate," and returned with three other suspects. The five then reportedly surrounded McCray, intimidating the man with racial epithets, threats, and physical...
    Visitors to a park in Harlem named after Black icon Marcus Garvey were shocked to discover a “noose” hanging in the area. It turns out, however, the “noose,” was just some rope left over from construction scaffolding and had been hanging in the park unnoticed for months. Nevertheless, outrage has ensued as protests and riots over alleged systemic racism in America have broken out across the country following the police-involved death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. The officer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, Derek Chauvin, was immediately fired and arrested within five days of Floyd’s death. Still, protests and riots rage across the U.S., with people looting and destroying businesses as well as setting...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s lieutenant governor proposed his own version of a hate crimes law Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to protect broad categories from bias crimes, including people victimized because of their culture and exercising First Amendment rights including worship, free speech and assembly. Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan made the proposal after days of pressure by House lawmakers, business leaders and community activists to move on giving Georgia a state hate crimes law again. A previous effort was found unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court more than a decade ago. “This is the right time and the right place in history for Georgia to lead on this,” Duncan said. Advocates have long been seeking to renew Georgia’s law...
    A Ukiah man suspected of “racially motivated” pepper spray attacks was recently arrested after allegedly assaulting two people on a trail in Sonoma County, local law enforcement agencies reported. According to the Ukiah Police Department, the first attack by the suspect, identified as Anthony J. Pelfrey, 44, of Ukiah, occurred around 11:30 a.m. June 10 when an elderly Hispanic man in the parking lot of the Ukiah Food Bank reported being attacked. “He said he was pushed to the ground and sprayed in the face with pepper spray,” said UPD Lt. Cedric Crook, explaining that the victim said he did not know the suspect, who then fled the scene by getting into a waiting vehicle. At the time, Crook said,...
    (CNN)Five people have been charged with hate crimes in Virginia and the black pastor they are accused of attacking is no longer facing charges for pulling out a gun during the incident.Leon McCray Sr. was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm during a June 1 incident in the town of Edinburg in Shenandoah County, a news release from the Shenandoah County sheriff said.McCray, a 61-year-old pastor at Lighthouse Church & Marketplace Ministries International, told CNN affiliate WHSV that the incident started when he noticed two people dragging a refrigerator toward the dumpsters at an apartment building he owns in Edinburg.When he confronted them and asked them to leave they "got irate" with him before leaving and then returned with...
    In the weeks following the police killing of George Floyd, many celebrities have rushed to social media calling for swift justice. But that’s not shielding them from pushback about their own problematic pasts.  Earlier this week, actor Mark Wahlberg posted photos of Floyd to his personal Instagram and Twitter accounts. “The murder of George Floyd is heartbreaking. We must all work together to fix this problem. I’m praying for all of us. God bless,” he tweeted. “#blacklivesmatter.” Fellow Twitter users were not having it.  “Mark wahlberg better shove those prayer emojis up his fucking ass,” one Twitter user wrote. Several linked back to Wahlberg’s own Wikipedia page—which has an entire section devoted to “hate crimes”—and details his own...
    BERLIN (AP) — German investigators on Thursday carried out raids on dozens of people suspected of posting hate messages about a regional politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party who was killed last year. Walter Luebcke, who led the regional administration in the central Kassel region, was shot on his porch on June 1, 2019, and died later that night. His killing sparked widespread outrage in Germany and warnings about the growing danger of violent far-right extremism. A man with previous convictions for a string of violent anti-migrant crimes has been charged with murder in the case. Prosecutors say that he attended an October 2015 town hall event where Luebcke defended the German government’s decision to allow hundreds of thousands...
    Homicides and reported hate crimes increased in Virginia last year. That’s according to a comprehensive annual report released by the Virginia State Police that details crime in counties, cities and towns all around the Commonwealth. Homicides were up 9.5% in Virginia last year, even though violent crime overall increased only slightly at 2.4%. Reports of hate crimes increased by about 16%. Most involved assaults or property damage. Instances of fraud increased about 4%, and people age 65 and older made up one fifth of the individuals who were victimized. Overall arrests fell just a little bit, but checking only juvenile arrests, they were down 9.5%. Drug and narcotic arrests dropped 6%, and more than half of all drug arrests involved...