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White suspect in black church fires charged with hate crimes

Prosecutors have now added hate crime charges against the white suspect in three recent arson fires that destroyed African American churches in Louisiana.


Sue Lani Madsen: Defining Hate Crime and the Drive to Just Do Something

An attention-seeking actor was arrested this week for allegedly staging a fake hate crime. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was clearly outraged when he held a news conference to announce …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Hayden man cleared of hate crime, found guilty of battery in altercation with Spokane church group last summer

Richard A. Sovenski Jr. faces a potential sentence of up to six months in county jail for the attack, which was caught on video. However, jurors did not believe his …


Suspect in LA synagogue attack found competent for trial

Prosecutors say a Seattle man accused of trying to run over two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue has been found competent to stand trial.


Hate crime charge added to student suspected of vandalism

The Western Washington University student arrested in connection with on-campus racist and homophobic vandalism has been charged with a hate crime.


Hate-crime indictments returned in Kentucky grocery killings

Federal prosecutors have charged a white man with federal hate crimes in the killings of two African-Americans at a grocery store last month in Kentucky.


Hate crime reports in Spokane spike in 2017

Reported hate crimes in Spokane rose by 175 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to new data released Tuesday by the FBI.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Matthew Shepard’s murder still haunts Wyoming 20 years later

When two roofing workers beat a young gay man to death in Wyoming in 1998, the gruesome crime quickly reverberated around the U.S. and turned the sandy-haired college student into …


Attack on Burien mayor over city’s sanctuary-city policy investigated as hate crime

King County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the alleged assault of Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta as a possible hate crime after he reported being attacked Saturday night by an unidentified man …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Man charged with hate crime, police officer resigns over Puerto Rican shirt incident

A man who can be seen in a video chastising a woman at a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it has been …


Man pleads not guilty to hate crimes in attack on protesters

An Ohio man pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges Thursday in a deadly car attack on a crowd of protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Charlottesville driver faces federal hate crime charges

Federal hate crime charges were filed Wednesday against a man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a …


Marine sentenced for hate crime at Iraqi restaurant in Portland

A highly decorated active-duty Marine who slammed a chair into the neck and shoulder of an employee at an Iraqi restaurant in Portland has been sentenced to five years of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Pumpkin covered in racist slogans discovered in west Spokane

A Spokane man discovered a pumpkin, with a wooden stave driven into it, covered in racist slurs targeting Arabs, Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

Black Lives Matter protest unfolds after white supremacist pleads not guilty to hate crime

A Black Lives Matter protest began in the Spokane County Courthouse on Tuesday morning after two white men accused of hates crimes pleaded not guilty.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Assault victim recounts alleged attack by white supremacist in Spokane: ‘He’s gonna kill me’

Since leaving North Carolina in 1968, Norris Cooley never thought his life would be in danger because of the color of his skin – until a man with a “white …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Community leaders denounce racism and violence following Sunday hate crime

In response to a violent hate crime Sunday in north Spokane, prominent community leaders gathered Wednesday morning to denounce racism and hate.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Police make hate crime arrest after ‘skinhead’ suspected of punching black man and shooting his house

A 66-year-old black man was the victim of a seemingly random hate crime Sunday evening


Missouri prosecutors: Brutal murder of transgender teen is not a hate crime

Despite the stats and anecdotes about crimes perpetuated against transgender individuals, local authorities insist the victim’s gender identity was not in play, and on Wednesday prosecutors announced the defendants would …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 7:18 a.m.

Spokane Valley woman accused of hate crime after calling her neighbors terrorists, shouting racial slurs

A woman was arrested at a Spokane Valley apartment complex Tuesday evening for a hate crime after she repeatedly banged on the door of her Middle Eastern neighbors, kicked their …


Ruben Navarrette Jr: Liberals must bring down the temperature

Whether these sanctimonious bullies are in Congress, the media, Hollywood or academia, they’re much too comfortable with demonizing conservatives.


Police: Gay pride flag burned outside Boise home

Law enforcement officials say they are investigating after a gay pride flag was found burned in front of a Boise home.


Oregon hiking trail marred by swastikas, other graffiti

A horseback rider discovered swastikas and other offensive graffiti along a popular trail at Crooked River Ranch in Central Oregon.


Nooses showing up more in hate incidents around country

Nooses have appeared recently around the nation’s capital – including the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum – in a rash of incidents that experts say shows the growing use of …


21-year-old sentenced in Idaho man’s beating death

One of four men charged in connection with the beating death of a gay man in Idaho has been sentenced to six months in jail.


Idaho man sentenced for hate crime in gay man’s murder

An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime for his role in the death of a gay man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.


Idaho man sentenced in killing of gay man

An Idaho man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in the death of a gay man.


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:32 p.m.

Targeting a police officer could be a hate crime in Washington

Legislature considers making the targeting of police officers a hate crime under Washington law.


Man investigated for hate crime after attacking restaurant employee with a pipe

The disturbance at the Middle Eastern restaurant was bizarre at first, but within minutes it morphed into a violent, one-sided assault. Jason Kendall was walking down State Street about 3 …