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November 21, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Three white students at San Jose State University have been charged with misdemeanor hate crimes after allegedly hanging a Confederate flag in a shared dormitory suite and calling a black roommate "three-fifths," among other derogatory names. The three students -- Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield. Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre -- also allegedly locked the roommate in his room, wrote a derogatory slur on a board in the living room and fastened a bicycle lock around his neck,  according to  the San Jose Mercury News.
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April 15, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Frazier Glenn Cross (a.k.a. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr.), the 73-year-old extremist accused of killing three people in Overland Park, Kan., is an avowed anti-Semite who reportedly yelled “Heil, Hitler!” while sitting in a police car. Yet his victims were Christians : Dr. William Lewis Corporan and his grandson, Reat Underwood, were Methodists who were at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City because Reat was going to compete in an “American Idol”-style singing competition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
An assault on a Latina in a Ladera Ranch gated community over the holiday weekend is being called the worst hate crime this year in Orange County, and has prompted the Sheriff's Department to assign 20 deputies and investigators to the case. "It's important for us to send a very strong message," said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens at a news conference Wednesday. "We will not tolerate hate crimes." The attack occurred about 10:30 a.m. on July 4.
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April 14, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal, This post has been updated.
AURORA, Mo. - The killings of three people on the eve of Passover outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb are being treated as hate crimes, law enforcement officials said Monday. Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass and others confirmed that the evidence gathered in Sunday's shootings supports a hate crime presentation to a federal grand jury. State charges could also be sought, state and federal prosecutors said at a televised news conference. Meanwhile, as President Obama led a shocked nation in prayer after the deadly shootings, officials searched for clues about the 73-year-old man, believed to be a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, who is in jail in connection with the killings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Hate crimes in Los Angeles County hit their second-lowest point in 23 years last year, but violent attacks based on race and sexual orientation rose from 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. There were 462 hate crimes reported in the county in 2012, a 6% decrease from the previous year. Although cases of vandalism -- which make up close to one-third of reported hate crimes -- and simple assault had decreased, the number of aggravated assaults increased from 63 in 2011 to 88 last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1996
First came the hate literature against African Americans. Then the nails under car tires. Finally the paint balls hurled against homes in the Kentwood area of Westchester. On Monday, Los Angeles police said they had arrested Daniel Allen Van Bogaert, 52, who lives in the Kentwood area, and charged him with 52 misdemeanor counts of stalking, hate crimes, vandalism and illegal possession of fireworks in connection with the hate crimes that began last fall.
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November 15, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti will discuss hate crimes Tuesday during a lecture at Mission College. Garcetti will be the final speaker in Mission's "Unity in Diversity" fall lecture series. Previous speakers were Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) and former UCLA biology professor and political activist Jorge Mancillas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000
Last spring, a state attorney general's commission expressed concern that hate crimes were underreported in California. Orange County has a vigorous Human Relations Commission. The county's law enforcement community generally is more advanced than those in some rural areas in chronicling hate crimes. Nevertheless, the local commission wisely is leaving nothing to chance, and no doubt there is room for improvement. It has been participating in a statewide effort to increase awareness.
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April 1, 2001
On average, every third day last year a hate crime was reported in Orange County. That may seem like a lot of incidents, and it is, but the 122 crimes reported in 2000 represented an 11% decrease from 1999--and it was the lowest level of cases reported in more than a decade. Why the decrease? Officials generally cite the healthy economy as a factor when there is a drop in reported crimes of all kinds.
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May 23, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The number of reported hate crimes in Orange County fell by 21% last year, even though such crimes based on sexual orientation almost doubled, according to a report released Thursday. The Orange County Human Relations Commission found that 61 hate crimes were reported to authorities in 2012, continuing a general downward trend since reported hate crimes peaked at 101 in 2006. The most frequent target, the commission said, were blacks and people perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police officials in Manteca, Calif., said Tuesday that they had launched a hate-crime investigation after vandals defaced a mosque with vulgar graffiti and left strips of raw bacon strewn on the ground. Manteca police Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said officers responded to the Islamic Center of Manteca on Jan. 28 after receiving reports of "spray-painted vulgarities" and pieces of raw bacon that were found in a parking lot just inside the front gate of the property. Muslims do not eat pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslims, said officials with the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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February 3, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
San Jose State University followed proper guidelines in investigating and acting against four white students accused of racially harassing a black roommate over several months last fall, a report charged with reviewing the university's response to the incident has found. But campus President Mohammad Qayoumi was not fully briefed on the matter until weeks later, missing the opportunity to communicate with the victim's family and failing to address overall campus security issues sooner, the report released Monday found.
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January 27, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I can't understand the beating death of Kim Pham, the 23-year-old woman kicked and pummeled to death outside a popular nightclub in Santa Ana. I can't understand the silence of her friends, who were with her that night and must have seen the altercation but refuse to talk to police. I can only understand the pain and confusion of Pham's father, who is trying to come to grips with the sudden loss of a much-loved daughter who seemed destined for success: She'd graduated from college, recently moved out of the family home and had just begun a new job. A few hours before she was beaten unconscious, she was reportedly texting her buddies about how she should wear her hair.
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January 25, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
Police and Santa Ana city officials said Friday they don't believe the slaying of Kim Pham outside a local nightclub was a hate crime. The mayor of the predominantly Latino city urged Vietnamese American residents to remain calm. "We don't see this as a hate or gang crime," said Mayor Miguel Pulido, who added that he considers the altercation to be "an isolated incident. " Police have arrested a second woman and are looking for a third in connection with Pham's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Prompted by the uproar over an incident of alleged racial harassment at San Jose State University, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced Wednesday the formation of a special committee addressing hate crimes at California universities. “Over these past few years we have seen too many incidents on California college campuses perpetrated by people with malicious intent to harm or demean others,” Pérez said in a statement. “We need to act vigorously to ensure that our campuses are welcoming to all and reflective of the rich diversity of this great state.
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December 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A white Texas man faces federal hate-crime charges in an assault on a 79-year-old black man during a form of the "knockout game," prosecutors said Thursday. Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, is charged with violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Justice Department said. The complaint alleges that Barrett, of Katy, near Houston, attacked the man Nov. 24, recorded the assault on his cellphone and showed the video to others. The complaint says Barrett made several videos, including one in which he identifies himself and another in which he makes a racial slur.
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May 20, 1994 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A spray-painted swastika and pentagram recently found on a building for Armenian-American Boy and Girl Scouts has leaders of the community demanding that Glendale officials take tougher action against hate crimes. A Scout official discovered the symbols Saturday on a wall of the Homenetmen Armenian General Athletics Union and Scouts building at 544 W. Broadway. Two vans parked near the building were also defaced.
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February 14, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the urging of a local Arab-American businessman, the Orange County Human Relations Commission today will address a recent increase in hate crimes directed at people of Arab descent. Such incidents have been on the rise in Orange County and throughout the country since August, when U.S. troops were deployed to the Persian Gulf, according to a recent report by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
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December 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Texas man has been charged with a federal hate crime in connection with an assault of a 79-year-old black man that prosecutors allege was part of the "knockout game. " The knockout game, which has been known by a variety of names since 1992, is based on a person attacking another person, trying to knock the victim out with a single blow and usually recording the attack. Many urban experts doubt such attacks are widespread, but the recent wave of extensive publicity has moved the game out of the shadows.
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December 10, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A Washington man who attacked a Sikh cabdriver, beating him until he suffered kidney failure, will go to prison for more than three years for committing a federal hate crime. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour in Seattle sentenced Jamie Larson to 40 months in prison for yelling racial slurs and beating taxi driver Kashmira Hothi. Larson, 50, admitted that he attacked Hothi, a Sikh from India, because he believed Hothi was of Middle Eastern descent. In court Tuesday, Coughenour called the defendant's conduct "absolutely unacceptable.
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