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Editorial: Hate and Crime

A spike in anti-Asian crimes has many people calling for hate crime convictions, but the motives behind such attacks are often unclear.

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NYPD to Target Crimes Against Asians Using Undercover Officers

“When you look at different sections of New York City, whether it’s in Chinatown, whether it’s here in Lower Manhattan, whether it’s in Flushing or parts of Brooklyn, you’re going to see uniformed, as well as some people that may surprise you,” Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

De Blasio Wants NYPD Officers to Confront People Over Hurtful Language Against Asians

“Even if something is not a criminal case, a perpetrator being confronted by the city, whether it’s NYPD or another agency, and being told that what they’ve done was very hurtful to another person—and could, if ever repeated, lead to criminal charges—that’s another important piece of the puzzle,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Thursday press conference.

Biden Urges Congress to Pass Hate Crime Legislation in Response to Attacks Against Asians

The Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act aims to increase Justice Department oversight of coronavirus-related hate crimes, provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies, and make hate crime information more accessible to Asian American communities.

L.A. Officers Present New Car to Woman After Hers was Destroyed in Hate Crime

LAPD said in a tweet the woman's car was jumped on and vandalized by "gang members." They reportedly jumped on the vehicle, bashed in the doors, and cut racial slurs into the paint. The car was a total loss.

Hate Crimes Rose to Highest Level in 12 Years, FBI Says

Religious groups have been increasingly targeted, as officials saw a nearly 14 percent increase in attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions, the report found.

Retired Virginia Officer Killed in Wisconsin "Hate Crime"

Phillip A. Thiessen, 55, was riding his motorcycle in Fond du Lac County when investigators say a man intentionally swerved his truck into the motorcycle because he believed all Harley riders to be "white racists."

Jussie Smollett's Lawyers: Police Didn't Need to Investigate so Vigorously

Attorneys for actor Jussie Smollett—who allegedly filed a false report of being the victim of a hate crime in January—oppose a lawsuit against him for recovery of $130,000 spent by the City of Chicago during the extensive investigation into the incident.

Officers Praised for "Remarkable" Response to El Paso Walmart Shooting

El Paso Mayor Dee Morgan praised the officers for "remarkable police work" that saved lives and for capturing the suspect without firing a shot. In a press conference Saturday evening Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed "incredible gratitude" for law enforcement "minimizing the loss of life by confronting the shooter."

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Judge Orders Special Prosecutor to Look Into Dismissal of Smollett Case

“There was no master on the bridge to guide the ship as it floundered through uncharted waters, and it ultimately lost its bearings,” Toomin wrote in the 21-page opinion. “... The unprecedented irregularities identified in this case warrants the appointment of independent counsel to restore the public’s confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system.”