Tag: Hate Crimes

Matthew Shepard’s Parents Assail Trump Administration on Gay Rights

WASHINGTON — The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder led to the passage of a groundbreaking federal law that expanded the definition of violent federal hate crimes, harshly criticized the Trump administration’s record on civil rights in a letter read aloud in their absence during a Justice Department ceremony on Wednesday. […]

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Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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Trump Is ‘Last Hope for White People,’ Said Police Chief on Trial

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A former police chief in New Jersey who is on trial on a federal hate-crime charge after he allegedly slammed a black teenager’s head into a doorjamb, once called President Trump “the last hope for white people,” according to […]

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18 Transgender Killings This Year Raise Fears of an ‘Epidemic’

ATLANTA — In the most recent killing of a transgender woman, her body was found inside an abandoned car, burned beyond recognition. In another case, the woman was pulled from a lake at a Dallas park. And in a third, she was found dead near a golf course, just weeks after she survived a brutal […]

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Man Who Berated Woman Over Puerto Rican Flag T-Shirt Is Convicted of Hate Crimes

A Chicago man who was seen last year in a widely viewed video berating a woman in a city park for wearing a T-shirt with the Puerto Rican flag was convicted this week of two felony hate crime charges. A Cook County jury found the man, Timothy Trybus, 63, guilty on Wednesday after deliberating for […]

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Person of Interest Is Named in Killing of Transgender Woman in Florida

Three weeks after the body of Bee Love Slater, a black transgender woman, was found burned in an abandoned car near Clewiston, Fla., the authorities on Wednesday named a Belle Glade man as a “person of interest” in her killing. They also said that the man, Jamson Richemond, 29, was a “person of interest” in […]

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How Jussie Smollett Was Written Off the Last Season of ‘Empire’

This article contains spoilers for Season 6, Episode 1 of “Empire.” The last time “Empire” fans saw Jussie Smollett on the show, he was getting married to the love of his life, looking jubilant in a white tuxedo and dancing with his new husband while family drama swirled around him. At that point, Mr. Smollett’s […]

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Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism

Facebook on Tuesday announced a series of changes to limit hate speech and extremism on the social network, expanding its definition of terrorist organizations and planning to deploy artificial intelligence to better spot and block live videos of shooters. The company is also expanding a program that redirects users searching for extremism to resources intended […]

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Transgender Woman Found Burned Beyond Recognition in Florida, Officials Say

ImageOfficials said they were investigating the death of Bee Love Slater as a homicide but said that it was too early to say if it was a hate crime. The body of a black transgender woman, said by the authorities to have been burned beyond recognition, was found inside an abandoned car in Florida. The […]

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Man With White Supremacist Material and Weapons Is Arrested, Police Say

The police in a small New Jersey town called a 25-year-old man into their headquarters in June after they began investigating a report that he had sent a photo of his ex-girlfriend wearing parts of a Nazi uniform to her employer, officials said. After he arrived, the police said they discovered that the man, Michael […]

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Memphis Police Charge 3 Mississippi Men With Civil Rights Intimidation in Parking Garage Attack

Three Mississippi men have been charged with civil rights intimidation and attempted robbery after allegedly attacking two black men in a downtown Memphis, Tenn. parking garage earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, citing court documents, Christopher Elder, Joshua Matheny and Michael Matheny confronted both victims on Sept. 2. Advertisement One of the victims, […]

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White Supremacists Targeted Her. Now She’s Fighting Hate Crime.

The words “Heil Hitler” and “gas chamber” were scrawled on walls at the Silver Gull in Queens, one of the city’s last beach clubs. A rabbi walking through a park in Brooklyn was punched in the face and bashed with a rock. A gay pride flag outside a Harlem bar was set on fire. The […]

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U of Illinois Student Charged With Hate Crime, Accused of Hanging a Noose in a Dorm Elevator

This undated photo provided by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office in Champaign, Ill., shows Andrew Smith. The University of Illinois student has been charged with a felony hate crime after being accused of leaving a noose in a residence hall elevator.Photo: Champaign County Sheriff’s Office (via AP) A University of Illinois math major may find […]

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Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Shock a Beachfront Oasis

On the Friday evening before the final big weekend of summer, members of one of New York’s last private beach clubs, the Silver Gull in Queens, received an ominous email. The club’s playground would be closed, the manager wrote, “due to the recent and increasing incidence of vandalism from within the club.” Word soon spread […]

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HBO Drama Revives a National Trauma for Israel

JERUSALEM — It was the extraordinary coldbloodedness of the murder that made it true-crime movie material in the first place: a Palestinian teenager snatched off a Jerusalem street by Orthodox Jews, choked, bludgeoned and burned to death in a forest at dawn. But “Our Boys,” a 10-part series that started this month on HBO, is […]

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Dan K. Webb Is Named Special Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case

A judge in Chicago on Friday named a special prosecutor who will investigate how local officials handled the case against Jussie Smollett, who was accused of paying two acquaintances to attack him, making the assault look like a racist and homophobic hate crime. The new special prosecutor, Dan K. Webb, is a former United States […]

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Police Investigate Possible Noose at Oakland Elementary School: ‘It Was Triggering and Hurtful’

Early Wednesday morning, parents and school administrators came across a tangle of heavy rope hanging from a chainlink fence at Chabot Elementary School in Oakland, Calif. It looked like a noose. According to Oakland Unified School District spokesman John Sasaki, who spoke with the San Jose Mercury News, few people saw the rope before Chabot’s […]

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Mr. Trump, Stop Questioning the Loyalty of American Jews

In the bloody history of modern anti-Semitism, one of the most common justifications for violence is the inflammatory canard that the loyalty of Jewish citizens is suspect. President Trump has repeatedly employed that libel in recent days as part of a verbal assault on the Democratic Party. Such language is traditionally used to incite anger […]

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