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Case of Teen Burned Alive in Home Looked at as Hate Crime

Maggie Long, 17, was purposefully set on fire and burned alive in 2017

(Newser) - The FBI has revealed that it is investigating the December 2017 death of an Asian American teenager in Colorado as a possible hate crime. It's a grisly case in which local authorities said 17-year-old Maggie Long was purposefully set on fire and burned alive in her family’s...

Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill Clears Congress

It's now headed for Biden's desk

(Newser) - Congress approved legislation Tuesday intended to curtail a striking rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, sending President Biden a bipartisan denunciation of the spate of brutal attacks that have proliferated during the pandemic. The bill, which the House passed on a 364-62 vote, will expedite the...

Ahmaud Arbery Suspects Hit With Federal Charges

Georgia men accused of hate crime in death of Black jogger

(Newser) - Three Georgia men awaiting trial on state charges in the death of Ahmaud Arbery are now facing federal charges as well. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Travis McMichael; his father, Gregory McMichael; and William "Roddie" Bryan have been indicted by a federal grand jury on hate crime and...

In NYC, 'Truly Shocking' Series of Attacks Over the Weekend

Video footage suggests same suspect carried out attacks against 4 Bronx synagogues

(Newser) - Four New York City synagogues, all in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, were attacked over the weekend, pelted by rocks in what police say may have been hate crimes. NYPD Detective Francis Sammon tells CNN that the six attacks—two each against the Riverdale Jewish Center and Chabad Lubavitch,...

Cops: Woman Shouted Slurs at Undercover Chinatown Cop

Woman also threatened nail salon workers, NYPD says

(Newser) - Police in New York City say a woman shouted anti-Asian slurs at a succession of Asian-Americans Tuesday. The last one was an undercover cop. Sharon Williams, 50, was arrested and charged with harassment as a hate crime after the officer called for backup, the Washington Post reports. Police say Williams...

Mike Huckabee Slammed for 'Hateful' Easter Weekend Tweet

Ex-governor's attempt to note displeasure with MLB: 'I've decided to 'identify' as Chinese'

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee apparently disagrees with Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, a decision prompted by a new restrictive voting law in Georgia. But the way in which the former Arkansas governor decided to show his displeasure has drawn accusations of racism and insensitivity...

Man Who Knocked Out Teen's Teeth Guilty of Hate Crime

Witnesses heard Lee Mouat use racial slurs and say 'Black lives don't matter'

(Newser) - Michigan man Lee James Mouat has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge in connection with an attack on a Black teenager last summer. If it had gone to trial, prosecutors would have had little difficulty making the case against him: Multiple witnesses heard Mouat shout racial slurs and...

Man Arrested in Vicious Attack on Asian-American Woman

Witnesses who did nothing while older NYC woman was beaten have been suspended

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the heinous attack on an older Asian-American woman in New York City, the latest amid an increasing wave of violence against Asian Americans. A surveillance video that circulated earlier this week showed the Monday assault on the 65-year-old, who was walking along West 43rd...

Workers That Stood by During Anti-Asian Attack Suspended

NYC mayor says it's unacceptable that nobody tried to help 65-year-old woman

(Newser) - Staff members at a New York City building who witnessed a brutal attack on an Asian woman and did nothing to help the victim have been suspended. The Brodsky Organization, which manages the building in midtown Manhattan, says the workers have been suspended "pending an investigation in conjunction with...

Man Charged in 'Overarching Scheme' to Kill Gay Men

19-year-old allegedly used Grindr as his 'hunting ground'

(Newser) - A Louisiana man is facing a slew of federal and state charges in connection to allegations that he kidnapped a man, who, per authorities , he “intended to dismember and keep parts of the victim's body as trophies, mementos, and food,” the Daily Advertiser reports. Chance Seneca, 19,...

Atlanta Shootings May Be Tried as Hate Crime

Georgia approved a strong measure last year, but investigators don't know yet if it applies

(Newser) - Legal analysts say Georgia's new hate crimes law could be invoked in the prosection over a series of shootings at spas on Tuesday, the Journal-Constitution reports. Eight people , seven of them women, were killed in the Atlanta-area attacks. Police said Robert Aaron Long told them he has a sex...

Man Injured in Attack on Menorah-Lighting Ceremony

Kentucky attacker shouted anti-Semitic abuse

(Newser) - A man was injured in an attack on a menorah-lighting ceremony outside a Jewish community center in Kentucky Saturday night—but he insisted that the menorah be lit before he was taken to a hospital. In a Facebook post, Lexington's Chabad of the Bluegrass says a car pulled up...

Hate Killings Hit Highest Level in Decade Last Year

Ditto hate crimes in general

(Newser) - Hate crimes in the US rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released Monday. There were 51 hate crime murders...

Man Gets 25 Years in Prison for Torching Black Churches

Prosecutors: Holden Matthews, 23, burned down 3 La. churches to impress 'black metal' fans

(Newser) - Three Black churches in Louisiana whose roots stretch back to the post-Civil War Reconstruction period were burned to the ground in 2019, and now a 23-year-old white man is being held accountable for what a DOJ official calls "acts of hate." Holden Matthews, who pleaded guilty to three...

A Michigan Teen Lost Teeth. Now, a Hate Crime Charge

Lee James Mouat allegedly swung a bike lock at the teen's face in June

(Newser) - A 42-year-old Michigan man allegedly hurled insult after insult at three Black teens in a parking lot before attacking one of them in the face with a bike lock. Lee James Mouat was on Tuesday charged with a federal hate crime in connection with the June 6 incident at Sterling...

Hate Crime Charges Follow Vandalism of BLM Mural

Viral video shows woman dousing Martinez, Calif., mural in black paint with male companion nearby

(Newser) - Two people accused of painting over giant block letters reading "Black Lives Matter" on a California street have been charged with a hate crime. Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, of Martinez, a city of 38,000 where the mural is located, were charged Tuesday with violation of...

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FBI investigating noose found in Bubba Wallace's stall

(Newser) - The FBI is now investigating the discovery of a noose in the stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace Sunday. US Attorney Jay Town said Monday that the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is also reviewing the Alabama incident, which NASCAR described as a "heinous act," the Charlotte ...

Park Neighbor: Those Ropes Aren't Nooses

Five ropes in Oakland park investigated as hate crime, but resident says they're for exercise

(Newser) - Police say five ropes were found Tuesday attached to various trees in a park in Oakland, Calif., and the city's mayor says a hate crime investigation is in the works. NBC Bay Area reports the ropes were tracked down by police after a complaint on social media about a...

Black Pastor Called Cops on Mob. They Arrested Him

Va. sheriff makes apology, announces hate crime charges against 5

(Newser) - A Virginia sheriff has apologized to a black pastor who was arrested after calling 911 on a group of white people who threatened to kill him after trying to dump a refrigerator on his property. Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter made the apology to Leon McCray Sr. of Woodstock on...

Woman Arrested After Racist Notes Taped to Homes

Police say Nancy Arechiga, 52, had more of the notes in her backpack

(Newser) - A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area has been arrested on suspicion of posting handwritten messages at several homes, targeting Asian Americans and suggesting that those not native to the United States should leave the country immediately. Police in San Leandro, a suburb of 89,000 just south of...

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