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Cops: Couple Fatally Ran Down Black Teen in Hate Crime

There was some sort of altercation before the fatal incident

(Newser) - An Oregon man and his girlfriend accused of intentionally running down a black teen after an altercation in a convenience store parking lot face new hate crime charges alleging they targeted the victim because of his race, the AP reports. Russell Orlando Courtier, 38, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges... More »

NYPD Hunts Suspect in Brazen Murder of Imam

Imam, friend were gunned down in broad daylight Saturday as they left prayers

(Newser) - New York City police have released a sketch of the suspect they say fatally shot the leader of a mosque and a friend as they left afternoon prayers. Police say witnesses described the shooter of 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and 64-year-old Thara Uddin as a man with a medium complexion,... More »

FBI Conclusion on Black Teen's Hanging Death: Suicide, Not Hate Crime

One pathologist had suggested it was physically impossible for teen to hang himself

(Newser) - When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy's body was found hanging from a belt on a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park on Aug. 29, 2014, the morning before he was set to debut as a junior linebacker on his football team in the tiny town of Bladenboro, NC, local... More »

Louisiana Cops Now Covered by Hate Crime Law

'Blue Lives Matter' law is nation's first

(Newser) - Targeting a police officer, firefighter, or EMT in Louisiana is now considered a hate crime. On Thursday Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a "Blue Lives Matter" bill that made the state the first to add those professions to race, ethnicity, religion, and other areas traditionally covered by hate crime... More »

Man Teaches Pug Nazi Salute, Is Charged With Hate Crime

Markus Meechan, 28, trained girlfriend's dog to raise a paw to slurs

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Scottish man insists it was all a joke "to annoy my girlfriend," but his video of himself training her pug to make a Nazi-like salute has landed him in the slammer on hate crime charges, reports the Guardian . Markus Meechan posted the video, which he calls... More »

Cops: Dad Killed Gay Son to Cover Up Wife's Murder

Father now suspected of both LA murders

(Newser) - Police investigating the gruesome deaths of two members of a Los Angeles family now believe father Shehada Issa was behind both killings—and they no longer think he killed his son for being gay. Homophobia may have been one factor, investigators say, but the main reason for the shooting appears... More »

Son 'Shot for Being Gay' Made Bizarre Facebook Posts

Drugs, mental illness believed to have played role in LA killings

(Newser) - Prosecutors say 29-year-old Los Angeles man Amir Issa was murdered by his father for being gay , though other factors—including the unexplained murder of Issa's mother—make the case a lot more complicated than a simple hate crime. The Los Angeles Times reports that there was a "long-brewing... More »

Charges: Father Murdered Son for Being Gay

And police are investigating the death of his wife, as well

(Newser) - A 69-year-old Southern California man has been charged with murdering his 29-year-old son for being gay, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say Shehada Issa killed his son Amir Issa with a shotgun outside their home on Tuesday. The district attorney says Shehada had threatened to kill Amir for being... More »

Cops: Students Fill Chapel With Racist Graffiti, 'Trump'

Northwestern students accused of hate crime

(Newser) - Two Northwestern University freshmen were arrested Saturday for allegedly spray-painting offensive graffiti in the school chapel—including racist and homophobic messages and the word "Trump," NBC Chicago reports. Anthony Morales, 19, and Matthew Kafker, 18, took a tongue-lashing from Judge Peggy Chiampas when they appeared at a bond... More »

Calif. Man Charged With Hate Crime in Mosque Fire

Carl Dial described as loner; dad says 'no plans to bail him out'

(Newser) - A 23-year-old California man is facing five felony charges after a fire broke out at the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley mosque Friday afternoon, some 15 minutes before afternoon prayers. Carl Dial was charged Friday evening with commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire, and second-degree... More »

Seattle Muslims Say Somali Teen Was Pushed to His Death

Police call for patience during investigation into Hamza Warsame's fall off building

(Newser) - "Medics transporting a teenager with life threatening injuries to HMC after a fall of aprox 60ft from a roof on Summit Ave E," read a tweet from Seattle's fire department on Saturday, referring to 16-year-old Hamza Warsame, who died from injuries apparently sustained in that fall, the... More »

State Worker Faces Charges After Clash With Muslims

She allegedly struck, threw coffee on man after berating Islam

(Newser) - A state corrections worker in California is in hot water after a confrontation with Muslim men in an East Bay park that went viral in a Facebook video . In it, Denise Slader can be heard telling them: "You are very deceived by Satan. Your mind has been taken over,... More »

Severed Pig's Head Dumped at Philly Mosque's Door

'Could the next thing be a pipe bomb?' local activist asks

(Newser) - An employee at a Philly mosque stumbled upon a gruesome discovery Monday morning: a severed pig's head lying near the building's front door, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Per USA Today , surveillance video shows a red pickup truck cruising slowly by the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society building Sunday night, then... More »

Cab Passenger Rants About ISIS, Attacks Driver

'He came out of the house carrying a rifle in his hand'

(Newser) - Around 1am on Thanksgiving day, a Pittsburgh taxi driver picked up a man outside Rivers Casino—and ended up in a hospital bed after a possible hate crime. The passenger was talkative: "He started the conversation and began to ask questions like, ‘You seem to be like a... More »

Portraits of Black Harvard Profs Defaced With Tape

Campus police investigating as a potential hate crime

(Newser) - Campus police are investigating what they say might be a hate crime at Harvard Law School: Someone put strips of black tape across several portraits of black professors outside a lecture hall on Thursday, reports WCVB . The scene appeared a day after students rallied in solidarity with those fighting racial... More »

Family: Racist Camper Terrorized Us at Reunion

Now residents of Calif. community are crowdfunding to welcome them back

(Newser) - Kanisha Allen tells ABC10 that when she and other relatives, gathered at a Northern California campground on Rollins Lake for their annual family reunion, heard racist remarks from the campsite next to theirs on Saturday, they initially ignored them. "When you're African-American, you have to do that sometimes... More »

Federal Prosecutors Go After Dylann Roof, Too

He's indicted on charges that carry the death penalty

(Newser) - Prosecutors on both the state and federal level will now have ample opportunity to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof if they wish. A federal grand jury today indicted the accused Charleston church shooter on 33 counts, including hate crimes, reports the State . Among the charges were 12 counts... More »

Tribe Wants Hate-Crime Inquiry After Fatal Shooting

Native American group says Wyoming shooting warrants it

(Newser) - The Northern Arapaho Tribe called on federal authorities today to file hate-crime charges against a Wyoming man following the shooting of two tribal members at a detox center . Riverton police say the men were attacked Saturday by city parks worker Roy Clyde, who told investigators he shot the victims as... More »

Black Churches Are Going Up in Flames

Churches in Georgia and South Carolina are among suspected arson cases

(Newser) - "Churches are burning again in the United States, and the symbolism of that is powerful." So writes Emma Green at the Atlantic after at least five mostly black churches went up in flames over the past week following the Charleston church massacre. Investigators say the blaze that badly... More »

3 Stabbed in Skinny Jeans 'Hate Crime'

Sacramento musicians say man yelled homophobic slurs during attack

(Newser) - Police say three musicians were the victims of a hate crime in Sacramento on Sunday when a man yelled homophobic slurs, then stabbed them for wearing skinny jeans. Alex Lyman of the band Slaves writes on Instagram that he suffered injuries to his throat and arms, and a 2-inch-deep cut... More »

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