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Cops: Pickup Driver Killed 4 Muslims in Targeted Attack

London, Ontario, mayor says Sunday night attack was 'rooted in unspeakable hatred'

(Newser) - The mayor of London, Ontario, says a vehicle attack Sunday night was "rooted in unspeakable hatred." Police in the Canadian city say a man deliberately drove his pickup truck into a Muslim family of five as they waited to cross a road, killing four of them and seriously...

Outrage After 8th Noose Found at Amazon Site

'There's no way this should be happening in Connecticut in 2021'

(Newser) - After a seventh noose was found at a warehouse construction site in Connecticut last week, Amazon closed the Windsor site for the weekend to install extra security measures as police and the FBI investigated the incident as a possible hate crime. Community leaders expressed outrage after an eighth noose was...

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...

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...

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...

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