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    (CNN)A man allegedly seen in surveillance video punching an elderly Asian woman more than 100 times and stomping on her body in Yonkers, New York, has been indicted on multiple hate crime charges.Tammel Esco, 42, was indicted on attempted murder in the second degree as a hate crime, attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree as a hate crime, assault in the first degree, three counts of assault in the second degree as a hate crime and three counts of assault in the second degree. He was arraigned on the indictment Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail, a spokeswoman for Westchester District Attorney's office said. Esco's next court appearance is August 2.CNN has reached out to Esco's attorneys for comment.Graphic surveillance video of the incident posted by Yonkers police shows the brutal March 11 attack, which took place after the 67-year-old woman, who is of Filipino descent, allegedly walk past Esco. Prosecutors said he called her "Asian b*tch" shortly before the attack.These Asian American health care workers are fighting two viruses:...
    At Easter the Little Petra guesthouse in the heart of Jerusalem’s Christian quarter should be bustling with pilgrims. Instead, the only ‘guests’ are a group of Jewish settlers who, judging by the charred double doors leading to what was the hotel’s souvenir shop, look like they checked in with cutting equipment. But this is not just an unholy squabble over expensive real estate between Christian and Jewish communities in the old city. It’s part of what Jerusalem’s church leaders believe is an existential threat to all Christians in the cradle of the faith. Within a generation they fear, Christian Jerusalem will be no more than a theme park for tourists, its residents and shopkeepers gone, its churches reduced to museums. ‘An exodus of Christians will turn us into Disneyland,’ says the Anglican Archbishop of the city, Hosam Naoum. ‘As Christian leaders we educate people about peace and reconciliation and living together, about sharing the beauty of the Holy Land. We expect others to do the same but today we are hearing more and more radical voices and seeing fertile grounds...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating several antisemitic incidents over the weekend. Police say they are looking for several suspects. READ MORE: Police: Christina Yuna Lee, 35, Stabbed To Death After Being Followed Home In ChinatownAs CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook reports, two of them were last seen at a gas station at Nostrand Avenue and Kings Highway in Flatbush. The NYPD released surveillance video of one of the attacks that occurred just after 11:30 p.m. Friday on Avenue L near East 32nd Street. It shows one of the suspects menacing a 22-year-old Jewish man, before police said the suspect slapped him in the face, knocking off his yarmulke. The suspect then runs back into a gray minivan. “They were laughing the whole time,” said Bob Moskowitz, coordinator for the Flatbush Shomrim. Moskowitz said about 15 minutes after the attack, the suspects pulled into the gas station, where they also targeted a 14-year-old boy. READ MORE: NYC Handing Out COVID Test Kits At Museums And Libraries“Started talking to him and threatening him, you know with a...
    There were nearly 1,000 more hate crimes committed in 2020 and over 2,800 more victims compared to 2019, with 63% of last year’s hate crime offenses related to race, ethnicity or ancestry biases, according to updated statistics released by the FBI on Monday.  There were 8,263 hate crime offenses in 2020, with the majority having links to racial biases or those related to a victim’s ethnicity or ancestral background, the FBI’s amended 2020 statistics show.  Of the remaining hate crime offenses, 15% were related to religious bias, 13% were related to the victim’s sexual orientation, 3% were gender identity, 2% were disability and 1% were gender. Three percent of the offenses involved multiple biases, the FBI said.  SUSPECT IN ARSON OUTSIDE NEW YORK JEWISH SCHOOL NABBED, POLICE SAY Of the attacks, a staggering 279 hate crimes were anti-Asian — a 73% spike from 2019. Meanwhile 2,871 hate crimes were anti-Black or African American, that's up 45.5% from last year. Anti-Semitic attacks decreased 29% year over year, FBI data show. There were 11,975 hate crime victims in 2020, 84% of which...
    HIGHLANDTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — A rise in hate crimes in the area means more federal law enforcement on the ground across the area this month. FBI agents stick out on city streets and this Wednesday morning, agents with the FBI Baltimore Field Office’s Civil Rights Division went door to door — business to business. READ MORE: Health Officials Say Covid-19 Booster Shot May Not Be Necessary For Many Marylanders “It puts a face, a human face on us,” said Tom Coyle, FBI Supervisory Special Agent. Wednesday marks the start of a Hate Crimes Awareness campaign. “Hate crimes are not only devastating to the victims but also threatens the community as a whole,” said Coyle. Earlier this year, multiple attacks at three Asian-American-owned businesses in Baltimore were caught on camera. Charging documents allege he targeted them because of their ethnicity. READ MORE: Doctors Encourage Women To Schedule Yearly Mammograms After Many Were Delayed Due To Pandemic The bureau said there’s been a 25 percent jump in reported hate crimes the past five years. Though, the jump in reported crimes might not...
    As the sun set over Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, about 150 members of Congress, representing both parties, stood on the steps of the Capitol building. They came together to reassure their fellow Americans after the terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people. Then, without prelude, a gaggle of Congress members began singing “God Bless America.” Others joined in. The serenade grew louder. And soon, the entire bipartisan delegation became a chorus offering the nation a cathartic moment of unity. “It’s probably the most united I’ve seen Congress,” said Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Murrieta, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1993. From left: Rep. Tom Delay, R-Texas, House Majority White, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., sing “God Bless America,” Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001, during a prayer vigil in the Rotunda of the Capitol held in honor of those who died in Tuesday’s terrorist acts on the U.S. (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert)  Nearly 20 years later, on Jan. 6, Calvert and the rest of Congress witnessed another seminal moment in the Capitol’s history: Insurrection. A...
     Despite the increasing awareness and calls to end anti-Asian hate, crimes targeting the AAPI community continue to increase nationwide. While xenophobia against the community is not a new phenomenon, there has been a rapid increase in crimes against Asian Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic due to misinformation. The rate at which these crimes are increasing is more alarming with every data report released. According to Stop AAPI Hate, the total number of anti-Asian incidents reported during the pandemic last year has doubled by March alone. In California, the increase is even higher. A new report from the state’s Department of Justice found that hate crimes against Asian Americans in California increased by over 100% in 2020. “For too many, 2020 wasn’t just about a deadly virus. It was about an epidemic of hate,” Rob Bonta, the state’s first Filipino American attorney general said, at a news conference Wednesday. According to the report released by the state attorney general Wednesday, attacks against the AAPI community rose by 107%. Overall hate crimes in the state increased by 31%....
    The Anti-Defamation League has released its most complete set of data yet on antisemitic incidents from last month, and the numbers are not good. There were 251 incidents over the final three weeks in May, beginning with the outbreak of violence in the Middle East on May 11. This represents more than double the 117 incidents that occurred over the same period a year earlier—a jump of 115%. There were 305 incidents for the whole of May. Most disturbingly, there were 11 assaults from May 11 through the end of the month—seven of which had a clear connection to the fighting between Israel and the Palestinians—compared to zero during those weeks in 2020. Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s chief executive officer, stated the following in an ABC News interview: "Clearly this was triggered by the fighting in the Middle East. Frustration about what was happening in the fighting, a degree of anger … then manifested into frustration and anger being directed at Jewish people here." Even when considering instances where there was no indication of a connection to Israel or Zionism,...
    More On: hate crimes Cops probe hate crime after stranger threatens to kill Jewish man in Brooklyn Another suspect arrested in beating of Jewish man near Times Square Suspect in deadly attack on Muslim family had no known ties to hate groups Baltimore man charged with hate crimes for attacking Asian American store owners Two more Asian victims were recently attacked in separate suspected hate crimes in Manhattan — including a man punched in the head, police said Friday. An assailant suddenly socked the male victim around 4:20 p.m. May 22 at West 26th Street and Broadway in an unprovoked assault, cops said.  “C—k!” the attacker snarled at his 48-year-old victim, according to authorities. The attacked man refused medical attention at the scene. The black suspect, who fled, is shown on surveillance video with long blue braids and wearing a light-colored sleeveless T-shirt and neon yellow pants while carrying a backpack. In an unrelated incident Thursday, a 49-year-old Asian woman was walking at West 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan around 9 a.m. when a man spat in...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Another rally was held Thursday denouncing hate crimes against Asian New Yorkers. It comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced more funding for anti-hate initiatives. READ MORE: Rallies In Manhattan, Brooklyn Use Art And Culture To Combat Anti-Asian Hate As CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reports, there was a show of solidarity in Chinatown with the health care union 1199SEIU leading a rally against Asian hate crimes. “We, at this particular moment, have to stand on the right side of history. We have to stand for justice,” actor and activist Danny Glover said. The group released a video featuring celebrities encouraging more people to join their efforts. The rally comes amid not only an increase in Asian hate crimes but also anti-Semitic hate crimes, including a shul vandalized on Staten Island. READ MORE: NYPD: Danial Shaukat, Ashan Azad, Haider Anjam Arrested In Back-To-Back Anti-Semitic Attacks In Brooklyn On Thursday, de Blasio announced a new initiative called Partners Against The Hate, or P.A.T.H. Forward. “We need to redouble our efforts to fight hate, and we’ve gotta work with outstanding...
    A majority of Americans across racial and ethnic groups believe discrimination has worsened in the last year against Asian Americans, who became the target of attacks after being unfairly blamed for the coronavirus pandemic.  A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 60% of Americans say discrimination against Asian Americans has swelled compared with a year ago, including 71% of Asian Americans, 66% of Black Americans, 59% of white Americans and 55% of Hispanic Americans.  Nearly half of Americans believe Asian Americans encounter "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of discrimination in the U.S. today. The poll also finds about 6 in 10 Americans say racism in the U.S. in general is a "very" or "extremely" serious problem. And a majority of Asian Americans say they feel unsafe in public because of their race.  Susan Lee of Sacramento, California, said friends initiated conversations with her about racism as random attacks on Asians became more frequent, but the 72-year-old Chinese American noted a key difference between friends who were Asian and non-Asian.  FILE - People...
    Two more men were arrested and charged with hate crimes Wednesday for being part of an anti-Semitic tirade against Jewish victims in Brooklyn last weekend, cops said. Ashan Azad, 19, and Haider Anjam, 20, both face charges of harassment and aggravated harassment as a hate crime, cops said. Anjam is also facing a charge of menacing as a hate crime. One day earlier, Danial Shaukat was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime in connection with the incident. Haider Anjam, one of the hate crime suspects, leaving the police precinct in Brooklyn on May 26, 2021.Paul Martinka The three men are accused of harassing Jewish men at Agudath Israel of Sixteenth Avenue around 7 p.m. on Saturday, cops said. The three were in a blue Toyota Camry when they allegedly began yelling anti-Jewish statements at four male victims who were dressed in traditional garb in front of the location.  The other suspect Ashan Azad getting led out of the precinct on May 26, 2021.Paul Martinka The four victims went inside the synagogue and locked the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The FBI San Francisco Division was unveiling a new strategy to target the surge of hate crimes in Northern California, the agency announced Thursday. The FBI said the strategy would include directing new resources and personnel toward hate crime investigations, increasing coordination and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, community outreach, and public awareness. READ MORE: Daly City Approves Police Body Cams After Man With Fake Gun Fatally Shot By Officers Overcoming hesitancy by undocumented residents in reporting hate crimes would be a focus of the FBI’s campaign. “We understand that some individuals may be afraid to come forward to law enforcement,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair in a prepared statement. “I want to assure the community that the FBI works to protect all victims of crimes, regardless of their country of national origin or immigration status. Acts of hate and racism have no place here and will not be tolerated.” The announcement comes as the Bay Area has seen a wave of attacks against Asian Americans as in many parts of...
    (CNN)The New York Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating two attacks on Asian Americans that occurred over the weekend, an NYPD spokesperson told CNN on Monday.A woman in her 50's and a teen were assaulted on the same day, the NYPD said..NYPD makes arrest in assault of 61-year-old Asian man The latest attacks come as the city has seen an uptick in bias crimes against Asians this year, with 42 incidents reported in the first four months of 2021, according to the NYPD Hate Crimes Dashboard. During that period, 17 arrests were made, according to the data.In comparison, the NYPD dashboard shows 28 anti-Asian incidents in all of 2020, with 23 arrests.Woman and teen attackedRead MoreIn one attack, a 52-year-old woman was pushed while waiting for a subway train in Brooklyn on Saturday, the NYPD spokesperson said. The alleged suspect — who is also believed to be a woman — fled and the victim sustained minor injuries.No arrests have been made in the attack and the Hate Crimes Task Force is leading the investigation, according to the spokesperson.The...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Federal prosecutors, the FBI and the Anti-Defamation League will host an online discussion today about hate crimes and discrimination, in light of the recent spike in crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The discussion starts at noon and is open to the public. Pre-registration for the WebEx event is required, and translation services will be available upon request. READ MORE: Father Of Kristin Smart Murder Suspect Released From Jail After Posting Bail “Violent acts motivated by bias are not only an attack on the victim, but also threaten and intimidate an entire community and are contrary to our values of equality for all Americans,” Kristi Johnson, assistant director in charge of the FBI Los Angeles Division, said in a statement. The virtual discussion will give assistant U.S. attorneys a chance to discuss with civilians the difference between hate crimes and hate speech and what is involved in a criminal hate crime, from complaint to conviction. Representatives from the FBI will also share hate crime statistics, local hate crime investigations and how they partner...
    The Los Angeles Police Department documented 15 hate crimes against Asian Americans in 2020, more than double the previous year, according to a new study by the agency. The findings were included in a report submitted to the Police Commission this week that analyzed hate crimes and hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in L.A. last year. Seven hate crimes were reported against Asian Americans in 2019 and nine the previous year. The 15 hate crimes against Asian Americans last year accounted for 4.2% of 355 total hate crimes reported in 2020 and 8.1% of all hate crimes related to race, according to the report. Of the hate crimes reported, nine were classified as battery, five as criminal threats or aggravated assault and one as a bomb threat made in an email to the Japanese American National Museum, according to the LAPD report. Suspects have not been identified in nine cases. The city attorney’s office declined to file charges in two cases due to insufficient evidence and is currently reviewing one case. The L.A. County...
    More On: Asian-American Man targets Olympic karate athlete in anti-Asian rant ‘If you’re not Bruce Lee, then f–k off’: Asian man elbowed in chest at NYC subway station in hateful attack Shocking video shows 2×4-wielding suspect threaten to cut Asian man in Home Depot ‘Go back to your country!’: Attacker slaps woman in the face after tirade, video shows We Asians in New York City are fed up with woke politicians and their media going on and on about hate crimes. They are all talk about hate, but no action on crime.  And we want action on all crimes, not just “hate” crimes. Without catching, charging and putting criminals away, our subways, streets, schools, stores and homes will never be safe. When you are being pushed into the subway tracks, or face a knife in a robbery, whether the expletive used by the attacker qualifies as a hate crime is a remote concern to you.  Yet, while New York has become, again, a city where people worry that their next subway trip may get them pummeled senseless while other...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thursday was the deadline for police departments across New York to submit plans for police reforms or risk losing state funds. Chief Rodney Harrison, the NYPD’s highest ranking uniformed police officer, spoke with CBS2’s Maurice DuBois about reform, community policing and his rise to the top. READ MORE: Caught On Video: Man Knocked Unconscious In Random Attack On Bronx Sidewalk Harrison was sworn in as Chief of Department on March 30. He’s been an officer for nearly 30 years. “Have you had a chance to let it sink in? You’re the guy now, Chief of Department. This is your gig. Have you had a chance to just stop and feel that?” DuBois asked. “You know, the truth of the matter is no,” Harrison said. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. I’m passionate about this job. I have good executives around me, but I don’t really have time to really like, let is sink in because I need to get the job done and I need to get the job done fast.” “Marijuana...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thursday was the deadline for police departments across New York to submit plans for police reforms or risk losing state funds. Chief Rodney Harrison, the NYPD’s highest ranking uniformed police officer, spoke with CBS2’s Maurice DuBois about reform, community policing and his rise to the top. READ MORE: Allendale Students Demand Diversity Awareness Curriculum On Anti-Asian Bias, Black Lives Matter Movement Harrison was sworn in as Chief of Department on March 30. He’s been an officer for nearly 30 years. “Have you had a chance to let it sink in? You’re the guy now, Chief of Department. This is your gig. Have you had a chance to just stop and feel that?” DuBois asked. “You know, the truth of the matter is no,” Harrison said. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. I’m passionate about this job. I have good executives around me, but I don’t really have time to really like, let is sink in because I need to get the job done and I need to get the job done fast.”...
                        Democrats who represent Georgia in the state’s general assembly as well as the U.S. Congress said this week that recent mass shootings, including the one in Atlanta, necessitate either more gun control or hate crimes laws. State Sen. Michelle Au (D-Johns Creek), for instance, filed SB 309, a bill this week that would, if enacted into law, mandate a five-day waiting period for anyone who wants to purchase or transfer certain firearms. “Licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, and licensed dealers shall, during normal business hours, make records available for inspection by any law enforcement agency for purposes of any criminal investigation,” according to the language of the bill. Anyone who “uses fraud or false representation to avoid the requirements” is guilty of a felony and could serve one to five years in prison, the bill said. In Congress, meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA-06) responded to this week’s mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado in an emailed press release. “Survivors, families, and communities across the country are tired of Republicans in...
    More On: Asian-American Undercover cops to be redeployed to handle anti-Asian hate crimes: Shea Homeless man charged with hate crime in NYC anti-Asian attack Media trying to make everything about ‘white supremacy’ Asian man punched by stranger with brass knuckles in NYC attack Two more Asian New Yorkers had racist insults hurled at them in Brooklyn in two separate incidents — as Gotham sees a surge of anti-Asian hate crimes, police said. The first encounter happened just before 9:30 a.m. on Monday as a 32-year-old woman was walking her dog on Shore Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, where she got into an argument with a 29-year-old man, according to cops. The man spat and coughed at the woman and snarled, “You dumb Asian b—h I have COVID-19.” The next incident unfolded at around 6 p.m. on Bay 43rd Street when a 35-year-old Gravesend man pushed his 59-year-old Asian neighbor, cops said. “You f–king c—ks,” the man said during the argument, the victim told cops. The victim, who was walking home from work when he was approached, declined to press charges....
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Advocates in New York City are calling for more support for the Asian community amid a spike in hate crimes. Stop AAPI Hate says nearly 3,800 incidents have been reported over the last year, from verbal harassment to physical assault. READ MORE: New York Leaders Rally Behind Asian American Community After Recent Attacks: ‘United In Our Anger’ “It makes me sad. It makes me angry,” Chinatown resident Ava Chin said. Chin’s family has lived in Chinatown for 100 years. The lifelong resident says she’s now nervous to walk around. “I’m not the only one. I have many friends who are scared. They’re living in fear. They don’t want to leave the house,” she told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes. Jan Lee is a third-generation Chinatown resident. “I haven’t had this feeling in the pit of my stomach for decades,” he said. He says he now feels unsafe in the neighborhood he’s called home his whole life. “I do look over my shoulder. I make sure that I’m with friends and I never walk alone anymore, and I really...
    With a 149% increase in the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans recorded in 2020, members of the community are buying guns for personal protection. “There are more Asians being introduced to firearms,” Jimmy Gong, the owner of Jimmy’s Sport Shop in New York, told Forbes. “Before, there was never gun culture in the Asian community. But after the pandemic and all the hate crime going on, there are more Asians buying guns to defend themselves.” Asian-Americans are buying guns for protection from hate crimes https://t.co/mZl0KzBf9g pic.twitter.com/4J2HVgDyy4 — Forbes (@Forbes) March 18, 2021 Gong said his sales were up 100% since the pandemic started, and that Asians accounted for about half of overall purchases. Asian Americans have also boosted his pepper spray sales, according to the gun store owner. “They’re buying basic Glocks and AR-15s, basically for self-defense,” said Jerry Hwang, a salesman at Wade’s Eastside Guns in Bellevue, Washington. Tuesday attacks at massage parlors in Atlanta, where eight were killed — six of whom were of Asian descent — are believed to have contributed to the increasing number...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council says since the pandemic began, 250 hate incidents and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported in Los Angeles County, but they believe there are many more that have gone unreported. “He told me to go back to Asia,” one woman, Hong Lee, said about her experience. “This was then followed by two minutes of derogatory terms.” READ MORE: Travel Vouchers Set To Expire As Anniversary Of COVID Shutdown Nears Hong Lee is describing the frightening encounter she had with a man back in August while she was standing in line at a restaurant in Pico-Union. The enraged man began a verbal assault after she turned down an offer to have lunch with him and told him she was married. He hurled sexist and racist insults at Lee, who started to record the incident out of fear. “I had severe PTSD, insomnia, I was fearful to go outside after my attack. I was asking for help from the patrons and employees around me, but they...
    Hate crimes in the United States last year rose to the highest levels in more than a decade, according to a new FBI report. The report, released Monday, showed that there were 51 hate crime murders in 2019, which includes 22 people who were killed in a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas. The suspect in that August 2019 shooting was charged with both state and federal crimes in what authorities said was an attempt to scare Hispanics into leaving the United States. FILE: El Paso Walmart shooting suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty during his arraignment in El Paso, Texas.   (El Paso Times via AP) There were 7,314 hate crimes last year, up from 7,120 the year before – and approaching the 7,783 of 2008. The FBI's annual report defines hate crimes as those motivated by bias based on a person's race, religion or sexual orientation, among other categories. Some of the 2019 increases may be the result of better reporting by police departments, but law enforcement officials...
    In the is Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, El Paso Walmart shooting suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty during his arraignment in El Paso, Texas. (Briana Sanchez / El Paso Times via AP, Pool, File) Loading the player... 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 people who were killed in a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas, the report said. The suspect in that August 2019 shooting, which left two dozen other people injured, was charged with both state and federal crimes in what authorities said was an attempt to scare Hispanics into leaving the United States. Read More: Nearly half of Biden transition team are people of color There were 7,314 hate crimes last year, up from 7,120 the year before — and approaching...
    Los Angeles County reported the highest number of violent hate crimes last year in more than a decade, with white supremacist crimes jumping by 38%, while attacks on the transgender community surged 64%, according to a new report. Of the 524 hate crimes reported in the county last year, 343 were of a violent nature, the largest number in this category since 2008, according to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 2019 annual report. There was one reported case of attempted murder. Black individuals remained the most frequently targeted victims of hate, according to the report, which gathers data from law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and community-based organizations. Hate crimes can range from slurs against an individual of a targeted group to vandalism to disorderly conduct and violent assaults. Black people were targeted in 47% of the racially motivated hate crimes in 2019 while constituting only 9% of the county’s population, said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “For those who believe that racism is no longer a problem, I invite you to review the examples this report provides of these...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s legislature on Tuesday passed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by business and many political leaders, sending the measure to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. The price Republicans exacted for moving that legislation forward was simultaneous passage of a separate bill that would mandate penalties for crimes targeting police and other first responders. The action comes after Senate Republicans had added police as a protected class to the hate crimes legislation last week in committee, but then later moved those protections to a separate bill in a deal between the parties. Democrats on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly against House Bill 838, which includes the increased protections for first responders. The hate crimes legislation, House Bill 426, had bipartisan support, though some conservatives voted against it. Kemp’s office said in a statement that the Republican will sign the hate crimes bill, pending a legal review. “Victims need protection against any attack motivated by hatred due to bias or prejudice,” said Sen. Donzella James, a Democrat from Atlanta, who spoke about her own experiences facing discrimination as a Black woman....
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