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Fatal Bar Shooting Results in Hate Crimes Charges

Adam Purinton could face death penalty in attack on Indian tech workers

(Newser) - A Kansas man accused of shouting "get out of my country" as he opened fire on two Indian men, killing one of them, will face federal hate crimes charges along with murder, the Washington Post reports. A federal grand jury on Friday indicted Adam W. Purinton, 51, on two... 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 »

Roof: No Witnesses, Evidence in My Defense

Judge tells 22-year-old 'it's a bad idea' to go with that plan for penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - The sentencing phase of Dylann Roof's federal hate-crimes trial, in which he could be given the death penalty, begins Tuesday, and the 22-year-old who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, in 2015 told a judge Wednesday at a pretrial hearing that he still intends to serve as his... More »

Dylann Roof Trial Opens With Heartbreaking Testimony

'He is evil. There is no place for him but the pit of hell'

(Newser) - Wednesday was the first day of Dylann Roof's federal death penalty trial, and the first witness delivered testimony so harrowing that many in the courtroom were in tears. Survivor Felicia Sanders told the court that the young white man sat with black parishioners in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal... 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 »

Saudi Student at University of Wisconsin Fatally Beaten

Cops aren't sure why he was attacked

(Newser) - The University of Wisconsin-Stout has been shaken by the killing of a student from Saudi Arabia in a possible hate crime. Police say Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was attacked and beaten at around 2am Sunday near a pizza restaurant in downtown Menomonie by an attacker described only as a white... More »

Anti-Muslim Hatred Blamed for Christian Man’s Death

Tulsa's Vernon Majors charged with murder

(Newser) - The family of an Oklahoma man allegedly gunned down by his next-door neighbor is demanding to know why the suspect had been released from jail before the shooting—where he had been awaiting trial in a brutal hit-and-run that nearly killed the victim’s mother, the Washington Post r eports.... 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 »

SC Shooting Suspect IDed, Told Victims 'I Have to Do It'

If Dylann Roof's the shooter, 'he's got to pay for this': man claiming to be his uncle

(Newser) - The FBI has identified the suspect in the Charleston church shootings as Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old with an arrest record, the Post and Courier reports. According to the SC Law Enforcement Division: Roof was jailed March 1 on a drug charge and on April 26 after being accused of trespassing.... More »

Amish Beard-Cutters Guilty of Hate Crimes

Bishop Sam Mullet, 15 followers face 10 years in prison for attacks

(Newser) - Prosecutors got convictions today in one of the most unusual hate-crime cases on record. An Ohio jury found an ultra-conservative Amish bishop and 15 of his followers guilty of forcibly shaving the beards and hair of their Amish enemies, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer . In one case, the assailants shaved... More »

Theft of 'Vote Satan' Sign a Hate Crime, Couple Says

Police, neighbors think it's not such a big deal

(Newser) - Sometimes being a Satanist can be a hell of a burden. That's what Luigi and Angie Bellaviste have discovered after someone stole their "Vote Satan" sign from their Colorado front porch—an act they'd like to be considered a hate crime. But police aren't biting, reports... More »

Tulsa Suspects Charged With Murder, Hate Crimes

Victims targeted because they were black, say prosecutors

(Newser) - Two men accused of going on a shooting spree that terrorized the predominantly black north side of Tulsa face murder and hate crime charges. Jake England, 19, and his roommate, Alvin Watts, 33, each were charged today with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to... More »

Hate Crime Laws Are Overkill

Dharun Ravi doesn't deserve 10 years in prison, Emily Bazelon argues

(Newser) - Dharun Ravi definitely acted illegally by spying on roommate Tyler Clementi and broadcasting it over Twitter. But the punishment he faces—up to 10 years in prison—is "out of whack … for a 20-year-old who'd never been in legal trouble before," argues Emily Bazelon in the... More »

Ravi Found Guilty in Gay Spycam Case

Rutgers student may be deported to India in Tyler Clementi case

(Newser) - A jury convicted ex-Rutgers student Dharun Ravi of hate crimes and other offenses today for using a webcam to record and distribute video that outed his roommate, Tyler Clementi, as gay. After three days of deliberations, the jury found Ravi guilty of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy for making... More »

NYPD Questions Suspect in Firebombings

Cops think he hit store that caught him shoplifting

(Newser) - New York detectives questioned a man today about the firebombing of an Islamic cultural center and three other sites, attacks they said might turn out to be hate crimes. The man was tracked through a car with Virginia license plates that was believed to be at the scene of at... More »

LGBT Hate Crimes Rise 13%

And 2010 saw second-highest number of murders

(Newser) - Despite recent breakthroughs in the fight for gay rights , violent hate crimes against the LGBT community are on the rise. Such crimes (committed against people because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV positive status) were up 13% last year over 2009, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence... More »

Cross Burned Next to Black Family's California Home

FBI joins in on hate crime probe

(Newser) - Neighbors are reeling after a large cross was burned in a lot next to the home of a black family in a mostly white California community. The 11-foot cross was stolen from a church in Arroyo Grande near San Luis Obispo. "I was horrified," said a local minister.... More »

Swastika Case First to Use Hate-Crimes Law

NM defendants face 10 years to life for branding Navajo man

(Newser) - Three off-duty McDonald's workers accused of burning a swastika into the skin of a mentally disabled customer with a hot coat hanger will be charged under new hate crimes legislation, the AP reports. Under the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the defendants could face... More »

NYPD Charges 9 in Gay Torture

Cops say gang beat, sodomized man, 2 teens in empty house

(Newser) - A loose-knit gang lured a 30-year-old man to a vacant Bronx house last Sunday night, ostensibly for a party. Instead, police say, they tortured and sodomized him for hours, forced him to consume vast quantities of alcohol, then robbed his house—because he was gay. Police have charged nine in... More »

Clementi Death Ignites Gay Outrage

Celebs preach hope to gay teens, urge tolerance

(Newser) - Just as Matthew Shepard once triggered a groundswell, Tyler Clementi is now a rallying cry for tolerance in the gay community, with celebrities and activists alike denouncing hate crimes and telling gay teens to just hang in there. "Things will get easier; people's minds will change," says a... More »

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