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UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

Washington Senate committee considers raising fine for hate crimes up to $100,000

A Washington state Senate committee is considering changing state harassment law to address hate crimes.


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.


FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 – marking a rise for the third straight year – with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, …


U.S. Sikhs launch major ad campaign to push back on hate

Sikhs in the United States are launching a million-dollar awareness campaign that aims to stop hate-fueled attacks by explaining more about who they are and what they believe.


Montana U.S. attorney designates civil rights prosecutor

The U.S. attorney for Montana has hired a prosecutor to focus on civil rights, part of a nationwide push by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.


Shawn Vestal: As hate crimes are dismissed as hoaxes, ‘everybody knows’ is a potent new threat

Some people are claiming a rash of graffiti and possible hate crimes are hoaxes. As these incidents mount, so do denials. If you’ve let the Klan into your tent, after …


FBI: Hate crimes against Muslims up by 67 percent in 2015

The number of hate crimes reported to police increased by about 6.7 percent last year, led largely by a 67 percent surge in crimes against Muslims, according to FBI statistics …


WSU student finds gay slurs painted on his car

A Washington State University student woke up Thursday morning to find gay slurs painted on his car.


Petition calls for hate crime charges in murder of gay Idaho man

The group “Better Idaho” delivered petitions with more than 1,500 signatures Thursday to U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson calling for federal hate crime charges to be filed against the four men …


Spokane County forms new task force directed at combating hate crimes

A new, 23-member task force made up of Spokane County religious, community and government leaders will seek to help victims of hate crimes and fight discrimination across the county.


Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other …


As Rachel Dolezal played her game, many of us played along

At the end of February, I saw a social media post about a package of racist, seemingly threatening letters that the head of Spokane’s NAACP chapter said she had received. …


Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 …


FBI: Hate crimes down slightly in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police in 2011 declined slightly compared to the previous year. Nearly half of the reported hate crimes …


1 more guilty of hate crime in Miss. rundown case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another man has pleaded guilty to hate crime charges in the death of a black man who was run over by a pickup truck in Mississippi. …


2 more guilty of hate crime in Miss. rundown case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two more white men have pleaded guilty to hate crime charges in the death of a black man who was run over by a pickup truck …


Husband of slain Iraqi-American pleads not guilty

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — There were signs that her traditional Muslim family may have been struggling in the U.S. even before Shaima Alawadi was murdered: Court documents say she …


Husband held in killing of Iraqi-American woman

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The husband of an Iraqi-American woman whose beating death initially appeared to be a hate crime was arrested on suspicion of murder in what police …


Spokane man may face arson charges

Arson investigators with the Spokane Fire Department may charge a West Central resident with arson after he threw a Molotov cocktail through a window there. Nobody was injured in the …


2 men acquitted under new US gay hate crime law

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — The first U.S. prosecution under a new federal law against anti-gay violence ended with a Kentucky jury acquitting two cousins of hate-crime charges while finding them …


2 Kentucky men acquitted of hate-crimes charges

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Two Kentucky men were acquitted of hate-crimes charges but found guilty of kidnapping late Wednesday in connection with an attack on a gay man. Prosecutors had …


Bond at risk for Ohio Amish hate-crime defendants

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine of 16 Amish convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio have remained free, but the government asked Friday to have them locked …


Amish guilty of hate crimes in Ohio beard-cuttings

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixteen men and women who rejected lenient plea deals are facing lengthy prison terms for their convictions in the hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in …


Amish guilty of hate crimes in Ohio hair attacks

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixteen Amish men and women were convicted Thursday of hate crimes for a series of hair- and beard- cutting attacks on fellow sect members in a religious …


FBI asked to keep data on anti-Sikh hate crimes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of a massacre victim at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to begin collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs. …


Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society …


Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society …


Police: Mich. student attack not likely hate crime

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan State University student said he was attacked at an off-campus party by two men who asked if he was Jewish, and when he said he …


Extremist groups burgeon

The number of militias and other extremist movements in the Inland Northwest and across the country continues to rise, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. …


Three brothers accused of hate-crime assaults

A 19-year-old man and his two brothers have been charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking people because of their race. Deven James-Allen Hood is accused of smashing car windows …