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NYPD: Woman Spit on Boy Because He's Jewish

Christina Darling, 21, accused in anti-Semitic incident outside synagogue

(Newser) - A New York City woman with the last name of Darling was allegedly anything but to an 8-year-old Jewish boy and his younger siblings who were playing in their neighborhood, CNN reports. Christina Darling, 21, has been arrested in connection with a Jan. 14 incident outside a Brooklyn synagogue. She...

He Plunged From Cliff in 1988. 34 Years Later, an Admission

Australia's Scott White confesses in court to killing American Scott Johnson

(Newser) - Update: An Australian man has admitted to murdering an American mathematician who fell to his death from a cliff in Sydney in 1988, reports the AP . Scott White admitted in court that he killed Scott Johnson, whose death was initially ruled a suicide. The 27-year-old Johnson was gay, and prosecutors...

Actor Found Guilty for False Hate Crime Report
Smollett Convicted on 5 Counts

Smollett Convicted on 5 Counts

Jury decides actor invented tale about being a victim of a hate crime

(Newser) - A Chicago jury convicted Jussie Smollett on Thursday of falsely reporting that he was the victim of a hate crime in 2019. The former Empire actor was convicted of five charges and acquitted of one, NBC reports. Smollett showed no reaction as he stood facing the jury and heard the...

Student Sentenced for Ad Offering Black Teen as 'Slave'

Illinois teen ordered to serve 2 years of probation, 100 hours of community service

(Newser) - An Illinois teenager who was charged with a hate crime two years ago over a Craiglist ad offering to sell a Black classmate as a slave has been sentenced to two years of probation, and authorities say they hope it will help him "mature into a productive member of...

This Time, He Pleads Not Guilty to Fatal Spa Shootings

Robert Long faces death sentence in 4 cases; other 4 were handled in different county

(Newser) - Update: A man already sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to fatally shooting four people at a massage business outside Atlanta pleaded not guilty to shooting four others on the same day at two spas inside the city, per the AP . Robert Aaron Long, 22, appeared briefly...

Bank Manager: Customer 'Ambushed' Me Over Mask

Hispanic Army vet says customer at Wells Fargo hurled racial slur, beat him in parking lot

(Newser) - The heated climate over mask mandates kicked up a notch at a Wells Fargo branch earlier this month, when a California bank manager says he was ambushed and beaten by a customer who didn't want to comply with the bank's mask rules. The bank manager, IDed only as...

FBI: Hate Crimes Rose 6% Over 2019 Numbers

Civil rights advocates say crimes are underreported

(Newser) - Hate crimes are rising in the US, according to the FBI. Reports are up 6% from 2019, but fewer agencies are participating in the count. The FBI has to track hate crime reports, but local law enforcement agencies aren’t required to make reports to the FBI, and some civil...

Woman Sentenced for 'Devastating' Hate Crimes Against 2 Kids

Nicole Poole Franklin gets another 25 years behind bars

(Newser) - In May, a Des Moines woman received 25 years behind bars for state charges of attempted murder. She just got 25 more, this time thanks to a new sentencing on two federal hate crimes. Iowa's News Now reports that 43-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, who admitted that in 2019 she...

Hate Crime Charge Follows Smirk at Sheriff's Deputy

Officer says woman's expression while stomping 'Back the Blue' sign was attempt at intimidation

(Newser) - A 19-year-old has been charged with a hate crime after a sheriff's deputy said she tried to intimidate him, bringing a debate about including law enforcement as a protected class in Utah. A Garfield County sheriff's deputy wrote that after he pulled over several speeding vehicles, one of...

New Charges in Case of Woman Who Said Teen Stole Phone

Miya Ponsetto allegedly tackled Black 14-year-old

(Newser) - A woman seen on video tackling a Black teenager she had falsely accused of stealing her iPhone has now been charged with a felony hate crime in addition to other charges relating to the Dec. 26 confrontation at a New York City hotel. California resident Miya Ponsetto, 22, has been...

He Crashed Into Home, Started Shooting. Now, a Hate Crime Probe

Mass. authorities investigating incident that left 2 Black bystanders dead in Winthrop

(Newser) - A shooting over the weekend near Boston that left a retired Massachusetts State Police officer and an Air Force veteran dead is now being investigated as a hate crime, as the two Black victims were gunned down while other bystanders escaped without being targeted. Authorities say 28-year-old Nathan Allen stole...

Biden Speaks Out Against 'Despicable' Rise in Anti-Semitic Attacks

Attacks have surged since start of Gaza conflict

(Newser) - President Biden spoke out Monday against a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the US linked to the Gaza conflict. "The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop," the president tweeted . "I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad—it’s...

He Was Walking to a Pro-Israel Rally. Then, '4 Terrifying Minutes'

Jewish man beaten by mob in NYC's Times Square: 'I could have died'

(Newser) - A Jewish man headed toward a pro-Israel rally over the current conflict in the Gaza Strip was beaten by a mob in New York City's Times Square earlier this week, with the relentless attack continuing for what the New York Daily News describes as "four terrifying minutes."...

New York, LA Investigate Attacks as Hate Crimes

In both cases, assaults on Jewish victims happened during pro-Palestinian demonstrations

(Newser) - The nation's two largest cities are investigating attacks on Jewish bystanders by pro-Palestinian demonstrators. The New York and Los Angeles police departments are looking into the assaults this week as possible hate crimes. In New York, a man was kicked and beaten by several people when pro-Palestinian marchers fought...

Amazon Halts Warehouse Build After 7th Noose Is Found

Local police are working with FBI and state authorities on 'potential' hate crimes

(Newser) - Amazon has temporarily shut down a new warehouse construction site in Connecticut after a seventh noose was found hanging over a beam, a series of incidents local police called potential hate crimes. Another rope tied like a noose was discovered Wednesday at the site in Windsor, about 10 miles north...

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...

Atlanta Suspect to Face Death Penalty, Hate Crime Charges

Grand jury returns indictment against Robert Aaron Long in four of the spa shootings

(Newser) - A man accused of killing eight people , six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she'll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty. A Fulton County grand jury indicted...

Wrong-Way Bicyclist Faces Hate-Crime Charges in NYC

NYPD makes an arrest in series of attacks on synagogues

(Newser) - The NYPD says it has caught the man responsible for a series of attacks on local synagogues —and they say he was riding a bike stolen from one of those synagogues when arrested. Officers stopped 29-year-old Jordan Burnette, a resident of the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, in 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,...

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