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Virginia Teen Kidnapped, Killed After She Left Mosque

Police say murder could have been a hate crime

(Newser) - The murder of a Muslim teenager who was kidnapped and killed after leaving a mosque in northern Virginia early Sunday is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police say. Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was part of a group of teens who were walking back to the All Dulles... More »

LeBron James' Home Vandalized With Racial Slur

N-word spray-painted on front gate of LA residence

(Newser) - A Los Angeles home owned by LeBron James was vandalized Wednesday morning, the n-word spray-painted on its front gate, according to TMZ . Los Angeles police confirmed the vandalism to USA Today , though the spokesperson didn't offer specifics on what racial slur was used. The Cleveland Cavaliers player, whose primary... More »

Tribe Thinks Fatal Hit-and-Run Is a Hate Crime

Says witness heard accused yell racial slurs; cops say there's no evidence

(Newser) - A 31-year-old man was charged Tuesday with second-degree homicide after he allegedly drove over two young men at a Washington campground, one of whom later died. But the Quinault Indian Nation believes he should also be charged with a hate crime. Based on a firsthand account from a "tribal... More »

Portland Suspect: 'You Call It Terrorism, I Call It Patriotism'

Victim Micah Fletcher is focused on healing

(Newser) - "I got stabbed in the neck on my way to work, randomly, by a stranger I don't know, for trying to just be a nice person," says Micah Fletcher. "I don't know what to do after that." In one of his first interviews since... More »

Girl Targeted on Train Thanks Portland Heroes

Survivor posts poem from hospital bed

(Newser) - Oregon man Micah David-Cole Fletcher has written poems denouncing prejudice against Muslims and he truly walks it like he talks it: The 21-year-old university student came within millimeters of death in Portland on Friday when he tried to defend two girls from a man on a train shouting anti-Muslim abuse... More »

Meet the Heroes Who Died Defending Girls in Portland

Ricky Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche are dead; another recuperating

(Newser) - New details are emerging about the three victims of Friday’s stabbing attack in Portland, two of whom died. People reports that Ricky John Best, 53, was killed at the scene of the attack while Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, died later at the hospital. Police say a third victim, 21-year-old... More »

This Is 1st Transgender Hate Crime Murder Conviction

Man gets 49 years in murder of ex

(Newser) - A Mississippi man received a 49-year prison sentence Monday for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender woman, the AP reports. In a case watched by the LGBT community nationwide, US District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Joshua Vallum, 29, in the... More »

Cops: Killing of 4 White Men Was a Hate Crime

Suspect called white people 'devils' online

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering four white men in Fresno—three of them in a Tuesday morning shooting spree —repeatedly referred to "white devils" in online postings. Police believe 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad's killing spree was a hate crime, not an act of terrorism. The suspect's... More »

Sikh Man Shot After Being Told 'Go Back to Your Own Country'

Victim approached by masked man while working on car in driveway

(Newser) - A Sikh man says he was told, "Go back to your own country" before being shot in the arm in his driveway outside Seattle, the Seattle Times reports. The 39-year-old victim was working on his car in his driveway Friday night when he was approached by a man he... More »

White House Comments on Alleged Kansas Hate Crime

'President condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks'

(Newser) - Six days after two Indian men were allegedly shot at a Kansas bar by a man who reportedly yelled, "Get out of my country," the White House has issued a statement. CNN reports a White House spokesperson on Tuesday says the shooting seems to be "an act... More »

In Dark Slice of History, Teens Forced Gay Men Off Cliffs

Australian police now probing deaths from as long ago as 1976

(Newser) - For nearly two decades, Scott Johnson's death had been labeled a suicide. The 27-year-old's naked body was found Dec. 10, 1988, on a cliff overlooking Sydney's northern beaches, with his clothes folded above. His brother didn't buy it, and in 2005 he developed an alternate theory:... More »

Man Accused of Attacking Muslim Worker at JFK Airport

He told her Trump 'will get rid of all of you,' DA says

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man is accused of attacking a Muslim airline employee at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, allegedly kicking and shouting obscenities at the woman and telling her that President Trump "will get rid of all of you," authorities say. The Queens District Attorney's... More »

Judge Refuses to Release 4 Accused in Chicago Beating

She says their 'terrible actions' make them a danger

(Newser) - A Chicago judge has refused to allow four black people caught on cellphone footage taunting and beating a mentally disabled white man to post bail and leave jail, saying they are accused of such "terrible actions" that they are a danger to society. "Where was your sense of... More »

Facebook Beating Started as Pretend Fight

4 suspects are in court Friday

(Newser) - The 18-year-old victim of a brutal beating broadcast on Facebook Live thought he was going to a sleepover. That's what his parents thought, too, when they dropped him off at a McDonald's in the Chicago suburbs on New Year's Eve to meet up with 18-year-old Jordan Hill,... More »

4 Charged With Hate Crime After Video of Beating Goes Viral

Suspects in Facebook Live video overheard saying they hoped video would go viral

(Newser) - Four people have been arrested and charged with a hate crime in the beating of an 18-year-old with mental disabilities that was broadcast on Facebook Live in what a police rep is calling a "reprehensible" 30-minute video. The man's parents had dropped him off at a McDonald's... More »

After Hate Crime, Muslim Cop Wants to Talk to Trump

She and other Muslim-American officers want reassurance from Trump

(Newser) - The Muslim police officer who was the victim of an alleged hate crime this month is seeking a meeting with Donald Trump, Yahoo reports. Last Saturday, NYPD officer Aml Elsokary was off-duty when she says she saw a man pushing her teenage son. She says the man called her a... More »

Muslim Transit Worker Shoved Down Stairs at Grand Central

NYPD says hate crimes on the rise

(Newser) - A Muslim transit worker was called a "terrorist" and pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City on Monday, two days after police say a man threatened to slit the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Soha Salama, 45, suffered a twisted knee and swollen ankle. She... More »

Man Tells Hero Muslim Officer He'll Cut Her Throat: Cops

NYPD officer Aml Elsokary saved a baby from a burning building in 2014

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has arrested a man accused of harassing an off-duty Muslim police officer previously commended for heroism. The NYPD said Monday that 36-year-old Christopher Nelson has been arrested on charges of menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, the AP reports. Authorities say Officer Aml... More »

Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself

Defense lawyers will be on hand if he asks for help

(Newser) - Dylann Roof may have the chance to question the very people he is accused of shooting when he stands trial for the murders of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church. Judge Richard Gergel on Monday granted a surprise request from Roof to defend himself against 33 federal charges,... More »

15-Year-Old Killed in Possible Hate Crime

James Means was shot after bumping into a white man in West Virginia

(Newser) - The 62-year-old white man who police say gunned down a black teenager Monday in Charleston, West Virginia, may be charged with a federal hate crime, the AP reports. Fifteen-year-old James Means was walking down the street when he bumped into William Pulliam, and the two got into a verbal argument.... More »

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