Swastika spray-painted on wall at Florida Holocaust Museum

Vandals spray-painted a swastika and “Jews are guilty” on a wall at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, police said Thursday. Patrol officers spotted the graffiti around 4 a.m., the St. Petersburg Police Department said. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, news outlets reported. City sanitation workers had painted over the […]

Woman pleads guilty to hate crimes for running down children

A Des Moines woman has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes for intentionally driving her SUV into two children in 2019 because she said she thought one was Mexican and the other was a member of the Islamic State group. Nicole Poole Franklin, 43, entered the pleas Wednesday in a Des Moines federal court to […]

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Florida bill would add gender, gender ID to hate crime law

Florida’s hate crime law could be expanded to create enhanced penalties for people who commit offenses against someone based on their gender or gender identity under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-2 for the legislation, which would increase the level of crime if it’s motivated by […]

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Hate crimes in US reach highest level in more than a decade

Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released Monday. There were 51 hate crime murders in 2019, which includes 22 […]