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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...

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...

He Plunged From Cliff in 1988. 32 Years Later, an Arrest

Police in Australia make arrest in death of American mathematician Scott Johnson

(Newser) - Police in Australia have made an arrest in a high-profile cold case that has strong ties to the US. In 1988, a young American mathematician named Scott Johnson died after a plunge from a cliff in Sydney. Now, police in New South Wales have arrested a 49-year-old man in Johnson'...

Female Attacker: 'This Is America! Speak English!'

Two Massachusetts women are collared for alleged assault in East Boston

(Newser) - Two white women allegedly attacked a Boston mom and daughter in part because the victims were speaking Spanish, NBC Boston reports. "My daughter and I were attacked, punched, kicked, and bitten by two white women," says the mother, identified only as Ms. Vasquez, 46. "As they beat...

Family:Things Look 'Dire' for Victim of Anti-Semitic Attack

Relatives of 71-year-old Josef Neumann say he likely won't recover after Hanukkah stabbing

(Newser) - Just one of five Jewish people stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration in upstate New York is still hospitalized, but his family says his condition is "dire" and it doesn't look like he'll recover. "Doctors are not optimistic about his chances to regain consciousness" says a statement...

Hanukkah Suspect Had Troubling Phone Searches

Grafton Thomas is charged with hate crimes after 5 people were stabbed at rabbi's house

(Newser) - The man accused of stabbing five people inside a rabbi's house during a Hanukkah celebration has been charged with federal hate crimes, reports NBC News . In the criminal complaint against Grafton Thomas, 37, authorities say they found handwritten journals in which Thomas expressed anti-Semitic views and made references to...

Attacker at Rabbi's Home: 'Nobody's Going Anywhere'

Cuomo calls attack domestic terrorism

(Newser) - Chilling details have emerged from Saturday's stabbing attack during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home north of New York City. Police and witnesses say an attacker identified as Grafton E. Thomas closed the door of the Monsey home and told people "Nobody's going anywhere,"...

Suspect Held in Stabbings of 5 at NY Hanukkah Celebration

Man apparently stormed Hanukkah celebration an hour north of NYC

(Newser) - A suspect is in custody after a man attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home north of New York City late Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing in a vehicle, police said. Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, will face five counts of attempted murder,...

Man Gets 15-Plus Years for Burning Pride Flag

Adolfo Martinez said it was his 'honor' to set LGBT banner on fire in Ames, Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa man will have a lot of time to reflect on how burning an LGBTQ flag in June wasn't the right move. The AP reports that Adolfo Martinez, 30, was convicted last month, and Wednesday he was sentenced to at least 15 years behind bars for an arson...

Cops: NY Woman Harassed Toddler With Rare Disorder

Krista Sewell is accused of stalking 2-year-old Anna, who has condition that makes her skin split

(Newser) - "Over the past year, I have fought a battle I never thought I would fight and I felt fear no mother should feel," says Jennie Riley. The battle the upstate New York mom refers to is that of a harassment campaign against her toddler, allegedly carried out by...

Ex-NFL Player Staged a Hate Crime, Police Say

Edawn Coughman faces charges including insurance fraud

(Newser) - Edawn Coughman, a former NFL player, faces charges after police said he destroyed his business in a ploy to portray himself as the victim of a hate crime. After receiving a call that someone was wrecking the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman's Creamery outside Atlanta, police said they...

Beating Is 4th Anti-Semitic Incident in NYC in a Week

In latest, a man was attacked outside a synagogue

(Newser) - A man was beaten with his own belt buckle outside a synagogue on Saturday in what is believed to be at least the third physical attack in a week on the Jewish community in New York City's Brooklyn borough. A fourth incident involved anti-Semitic graffiti. In Saturday's assault,...

2 Nations Warn Citizens About Traveling to the US

Uruguay, Venezuela cite violence, hate crimes

(Newser) - Two countries are urging citizens to use extreme caution when visiting the US, citing a rise in hate crimes. Travelers to the US should "take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, which cost the lives of more than 250 people in the...

White Nationalist Who Killed Heather Heyer Sentenced

James Alex Fields gets life plus 419 years on state charges

(Newser) - A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on state charges, the AP reports. James Alex Fields Jr. , 22, was sentenced Monday to life plus...

Synagogue Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to 109 Charges

John Earnest faces federal hate crime charges

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to 109 federal hate crime charges Tuesday. John T. Earnest spoke twice during the brief hearing—to acknowledge his name and to say he agreed with his court-appointed attorney's decision against...

Smollett's 'TV Dad' Responds to Allegations

Terrence Howard says his co-actor 'could never even conceive' of faking an attack

(Newser) - "All your lil homies got you. We love the hell outta you." That's Empire star Terrence Howard's caption on an Instagram video of Jussie Smollett playing with a small child—possibly Howard's son, USA Today reports. Howard, who plays Smollett's father on the Fox...

Cops Flag 'Persons of Interest' in Jussie Smollett Attack

They were spotted near scene of Chicago attack

(Newser) - After going through hundreds of hours of surveillance camera footage, police in Chicago believe they have identified two "persons of interest" in Tuesday morning's vicious attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett . Police say the footage does not capture the actual attack—in which Smollett says he was beaten...

After 200 Failed Attempts, Bill Finally Passes the Senate

Hate crime bill that would make lynching a crime passes unanimously

(Newser) - After around 200 failed attempts over at least 100 years, a bill to make lynching a federal crime has finally passed the Senate. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced in July, passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, the Hill reports. It was sponsored by Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and...

FBI Report Doesn't Hold Good News on Hate Crimes

They're up again

(Newser) - The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17% in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row. An annual report shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes last year. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias (59.6% of incidents),...

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