Analyzing crime data from researchers at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernadino found that hate crimes against American Muslims were up 78 percent in 2015. Attacks against those perceived as Arab rose even more.
When the Rev. Robin LaBolt saw the news on Sunday morning, she knew the challenge waiting for her at Sycamore United Church of Christ. “We’re a small town,” she said. “It’s not exactly an LGBT-friendly area. Not that anyone says bad things about them. They’d just rather not talk about it.”
The state of Louisiana has just expanded its hate crime law to include protections for law enforcement and first responders: Anyone found to have targeted a police officer, firefighter, or first responder because of their profession will face an increased penalty of five years in prison, and a fine of up to $5,000.
By Carli Teproff, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Miami-Dade police on Monday said they are committed to finding the people responsible for shooting and killing a rabbi walking to temple in Northeast Miami-Dade over the weekend. “I can assure you that the Miami-Dade police department is utilizing all of its resources to apprehend the perpetrators […]
By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — A North Side Chicago business owner slapped a 79-year-old Cook County judge in the face, spit on her and called her “Rosa Parks” after becoming angry that she was smoking near him outside the Daley Center, authorities said. Monday’s attack outside the courthouse came as a shock to […]
By Tony Rizzo, The Kansas City Star OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Johnson County prosecutors on Tuesday filed two types of murder charges against a 73-year-old avowed racist and anti-Semite in the shootings deaths of three people outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., better known as F. Glenn Miller, is charged with one […]
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times AURORA, Mo. — The killings of three people on the eve of Passover outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb are being treated as hate crimes, law enforcement officials said on Monday. Overland Park, Kansas, Police Chief John Douglass and others confirmed that the […]
Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in U.S. society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. “Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for […]
By Safiya Merchant, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The FBI is working with local law enforcement to determine if a Saturday incident at an Islamic center in Washington was “bias-motivated and a violation of federal law,” according to a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Seattle division. Ten Islam-related books were discovered with handwritten “hateful messages” Saturday […]