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FBI Report Indicates 17 Percent Rise in Hate Crimes

According to a recently released report from the FBI, reported hate crimes in the United States rose 17% over last year, with about 5,000 of the hate crimes reported categorized as crimes against persons, such as intimidation or assault.

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Gunman Made Anti-Semitic Statements on Fringe Social Media Site

Robert Bowers—the 46-year-old man who opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in an attack that left 11 dead and six injured—reportedly made anti-Semitic statements on a social media website that has become a haven for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremists, according to the New York Times.

Bills to Protect Police Introduced in Both Houses of Congress

Legislation to impose federal penalties on people who deliberately target law enforcement officers for attack was introduced in both the House and Senate today.

FBI Releases 2016 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI has released Hate Crime Statistics, 2016, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation.

Law Signed Making Attacks on Police in Texas a Hate Crime

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott recently gave his approval to the Police Protection Act, which ups the penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers in the state.

Proposed NY Law Would Make Attacks on Officers Hate Crimes

A New York bill (S1114A) called the “Community Heroes Protection Act” was passed by the state senate last week. If it becomes law, the bill sponsored by Senator Fred Akshar (R-C-I, Colesville), would classify crimes committed against law enforcement, EMTs, and firefighters as hate crimes.

Hate Crime Suspected in California Shooting That Killed 3

In a span of a few minutes Tuesday morning, Muhammad, 39, fatally shot three white men he randomly encountered while walking through the streets of Fresno, police allege. The rampage was preceded by a deadly encounter Thursday night at a Motel 6, where police say Muhammad killed another white man — a security guard.

Attacking Police Officers Now a Hate Crime in KY

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law legislation that makes it a hate crime to attack a police officer or emergency responder. The state joined Louisiana as the only other state with a "Blue Lives Matter" law.

WA Senate Passes Bill to Make Threats Against Police Hate Crimes

The Washington senate has passed a measure that would make crimes and threats against police officers a hate crime in the state of Washington.

Former Journalist Jailed Over Threats to Jewish Institutions Nationwide

A former journalist fired for making up details in his stories is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish institutions nationwide, federal officials said Friday.