Tag: hate crimes

One of Jussie Smollett’s Attackers Tells Court It Was All Staged

Jussie Smollett, frustrated by what he saw as a muted reaction to a death threat he had received in the mail, enlisted a friend in 2019 to stage a fake attack that would grab public attention, the friend testified on Wednesday at the actor’s trial. Abimbola Osundairo, the younger of the two brothers who have […]

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Investigator Cites Video and Other Evidence Against Jussie Smollett

A detective who investigated the actor Jussie Smollett’s hate crime report took the stand on Tuesday, taking jurors through the steps investigators took to conclude that Mr. Smollett had orchestrated the attack, including securing surveillance footage and ride-share data that helped identify the two brothers at the center of the case. The brothers, Abimbola and […]

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Discussions of Race Are Notably Absent in Trial of Arbery’s Accused Killers

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — When Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was chased through a Georgia neighborhood by three white men and shot at close range, his killing was widely viewed as an act of racial violence. One of the men uttered a racist slur moments after shooting Mr. Arbery, one of his co-defendants told the […]

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College Student Charged in Arson at Texas Synagogue

An 18-year-old college student was charged with arson on Monday in an attack on a synagogue in Austin, Texas, on Halloween night that caused extensive damage to the building, the authorities said. Stickers with Nazi propaganda and swastikas on them were recovered from the student, Franklin Barrett Sechriest, according to an F.B.I. special agent, who […]

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Jury Selection Begins in Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A complicated jury selection process kicked off Monday in the trial of the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man they had chased through a coastal Georgia neighborhood, with lawyers sparring over what kinds of questions the hundreds of potential jurors could be subjected to, including questions about […]

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In Trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing, Video to Have a Big Role

ATLANTA — The three white Georgia men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have already come in for harsh judgment from the highest of places. Donald Trump called the slaying of Mr. Arbery, an unarmed Black man, “disturbing.” Barack Obama described it as an example of enduring racial injustice. Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Republican governor, called it […]

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Hate Crimes and Pandemic Lead More Asian Americans to Seek Therapy

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, life was not as easy as it looked for Julian Sarafian. He was the valedictorian of his high school, a White House intern and a Harvard Law School graduate, but he was also in a yearslong battle with anxiety. Then, in November of last year, he came down with symptoms […]

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Texas Man Is Sentenced for Using Grindr to Target Gay Men

A Texas man was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison on Wednesday for his connection in a scheme that used the popular dating app Grindr to target gay men for violent hate crimes, prosecutors said. Daniel Jenkins, 22, was the last of four defendants to be sentenced in what prosecutors called a conspiracy to […]

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After Killings, U.K. Asks: Should Misogyny Be a Hate Crime?

LONDON — As anger grew in Britain last week over the justice system’s approach to violence against women, the public discourse has turned to a new question: Should misogyny be considered a hate crime? The debate comes amid a broader national outcry over gender-based crimes after the murder of Sarah Everard, whose abduction and killing […]

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San Jose Apologizes for Decades of Discrimination Against Chinese

The city of San Jose, Calif., apologized this week to Chinese immigrants and their descendants, acknowledging its role in nearly a century of violence and discrimination, including the dismantling and destruction of the city’s Chinatowns. A resolution that the City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday also recognizes the contributions of San Jose’s Chinese community. It […]

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