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Illinois Hate Crime Convicts To Receive ‘Diversity Training’ | The … – The Daily Caller

An Illinois bill that awaits Republican Gov. Bruce Rauners signaturewould require convicted hate crime offenders to take diversity training courses pertaining to the specific group that they victimized.

The bills main author, Sadia Covert, is a member of the Islamic Center of Naperville and began her crusade for hate crime reform in 2014, the Illinois Daily Herald reported Monday. In addition to diversity courses, the law would remove the states $1,000 cap on restitution payments and allow victims to pursue other monetary damages in civil court. Rauner is expected to approve the bill this week.

We cannot stay silent on hate, Rauner said in a March statement. We cannot stay silent when families in our community are in danger.

The bill is the first in a three-step plan that Covert hopes, if implemented fully, will curb hate crime in Illinois, the Herald reported. Covert decried the absence of diversity training and education in Illinois current hate crime penalties, arguing that prison time alone is unhelpful.

When people have more understanding, theyre less likely to hate or commit a crime, Covert said.

Democratic State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, who sponsored the bill, told reporters that the educational component is very needed.

Sometimes people engage in hateful outbreaks against other minorities just because they might not understand or have a working knowledge of individuals different genders, different religions, different mannerisms just the differences between us, Kifowit said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called a summit in February to address the states apparent spike in hate crimes, citing the numerous bomb threats against Jewish centers across the country. Many of these threats were later debunked, however, as one former leftist reporter for The Intercept pled guilty to making eight such bomb threats in an attempt to get back at his Jewish ex-girlfriend.

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Islamophobic terrorism: Anti-Muslim hate crime ‘not taken seriously … – RT

Islamophobia, or hate crimes perpetrated against Muslims, is still not taken seriously enough in Britain, according to campaigners and academics.

Following the terrorist attack in north Londons Seven Sisters, which left one dead and 10 in hospital, celebrities and the public alike have criticized outlets of Islamophobic rhetoric.

Among the culprits are tabloid newspapers like the Sun, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum, and the leader of far-right group Britain First, Paul Golding.

Islamophobia is not taken seriously enough in this country, Tom Mills, co-editor of the book What is Islamophobia, told RT.

You can say things about Muslims and Islam in British public life that you would never get away with saying about other minority groups.

I dont think theres any doubt about that. But theres also the fact that if you look at the data, Islamophobic terrorist attacks in the UK are roughly as prevalent as attacks by those identifying with Islam, yet they are not treated as such by the media or the authorities.

When the story was originally reported by the Daily Mail as white van driver injures at least 10 people, Harry Potter author JK Rowling launched a series of tweets asking how the perpetrator had been radicalized the sort of questions asked following attacks by Islamist extremists.

The Mail has misspelled terrorist as white van driver. Now lets discuss how he was radicalized, she tweeted.

She followed it up with the caption of a tweet by UKIPs former leader Nigel Farage and his unveiling of a Leave campaign poster showing a long line of presumed migrants with the words Breaking Point superimposed.

Lets talk about how the #FinsburyPark terrorist was radicalized, she added.

Her messages triggered a series of angry replies from Farage and rightwing pundit Katie Hopkins, who Rowling also accused of provoking Islamophobia.

Academics like Mills believe the problem lies within British society and its failure to understand how the vilification of Muslims works.

Its not just that Islamophobia isnt taken seriously enough, though. Its also that it is not properly understood,”Mills said.

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Hate crimes against Muslims are recorded by the police, which is a good thing, and there are a number of initiatives seeking to combat bigoted views about against Muslims, as well as the far right groups and movements associated with them.

But what tends to always get overlooked is that the far right are just part of a broader continuum of actors that produce Islamophobia.

At the heart of Islamophobia in this country is the state, and in particular the state counter-terrorism apparatus, and then there are much more mainstream conservative, as well as liberal, groupings, that have actively contributed towards an Islamophobic culture and policy agenda.

A report by anti-Islamophobia group Tell MAMA reported at the end of last year that British mosques had been attacked no less than 100 times since 2013.

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Legislation seeks to classify jail, prison attacks as hate crimes – The Times Telegram

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Local jail and state prison union officials hope that a proposed bill that seeks to punish attacks on law enforcement as hate crimes will reduce the number of inmate-on-staff assaults at correctional facilities.

On June 1, an Oneida County Correctional Facility inmate reportedly stabbed a correction officer in the shoulder and chest with an unknown weapon, said Luis Roman, president of the Oneida County Deputy Sheriffs Benevolent Association. He believes the proposed bill could go a long way toward preventing assaults on correction officers.

I think that if the inmates understood that they could be charged with a hate crime, it would dissuade them from those activities that go on at the jail almost every night, Roman said.

The Community Heroes Protection Act classifies certain crimes against first responders such as law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel, including correction officers as hate crimes only if they are intentionally aimed at first responders based on actual or perceived employment in that field.

Police officers and first responders are not currently included as victims in the current definition of a hate crime.

The Community Heroes Protection Act passed the state Senate in May and was delivered to the Assembly. It currently is in committee. Local supporters of the proposed bill include Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica.

I do think that if this was to go into effect and we got the support from the Assembly that we did from the Senate that it would almost force justice to be served, Roman said. Because it doesnt seem like anything goes anywhere. I know (getting assaulted) is part of my day. If that should happen to me there should be consequences.

Assault incidents reported to Roman at the Oneida County jail in 2017 to date were not immediately available. In 2016, Roman recorded more than 16 incidents detailing conduct ranging from menacing to harassment to assault.

In a fact sheet dated June 1, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reported 318 assaults on staff by prison inmates statewide. There were 760 reported assaults last year and 895 in 2015. The data does not break down the assaults in individual facilities, such as Mohawk, Marcy or Mid-State correctional facilities.

In a statement, the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association said the proposed bill if passed would hopefully serve as a deterrent for those who would specifically target anyone in law enforcement because of their profession.

Correction officers have one of the most difficult jobs in the country and face constant dangers and attacks at the hands of some of the most violent criminals in the state, the statement read. Certainly, we fully support this legislation and commend the legislators who introduced this bill and support it and our members.

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Orange County Human Relations Council wins funding reprieve as hate crimes continue to rise – Los Angeles Times

When the bag of feces arrived at the LGBT Center Orange County, Laura Kanter knew immediately what to do.

She picked up the phone and called the Orange County Human Relations Council to talk with Don Han, who deals with hate crimes.

Kanter, as director of policy advocacy and youth services for the LGBT Center in Santa Ana, recently recalled the disturbing incident that occurred in May. She said that the council provides an important service in the community.

We can call the police and I did, and they’ll just take a report, she said. But I knew we had someone to turn to and that’s what these folks do best. They look at the bigger picture to create understanding between communities.”

Hans non-profit organization was founded in 1991 in part to raise money and develop programs overseen by the Orange County Human Relations Commission. The council works with law enforcement agencies, compiles an annual hate crime report and provides mediation and violence prevention programs in partnerships with schools, corporations, cities, foundations and individuals.

We try to be a voice of reason and listen, Han said, and were committed to getting people from all sides to come together.

The council has raised about $30 million in the last 25 years to support the county commissions work, according to its website. But until recently the council was in danger of losing the funding that pays for its three-member staff, including Han.

For months, county supervisors debated back and forth, threatening to cut the $252,000 needed to pay for the councils personnel, while the group received an eviction notice to vacate the county building where it has operated, rent-free, by July 1.

Meanwhile, the number of reported hate crimes increased 50 in 2016, compared with 44 the year before with African Americans and the LGBT population as the two most frequently targeted communities across the county, according to the councils newest report. This trend, coupled with the fear that Orange County could lose its human relations advocates, prompted more than 300 supporters to swarm supervisors meetings this month, pushing to allow the two groups to continue their partnership.

Among the proponents praising the groups anti-bullying, interfaith and mediation campaigns was Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, who said there is a lot of fear in our immigrant and LGBTQ communities. This is an important public safety and quality of life issue for us.

The board voted 4 to 1 this week, with Supervisor Michelle Steel as the lone dissenter, to continue funding the council for at least another year. But the panel also urged the council and commission to stop co-mingling, with one supervisor noting that some commission staff members report to the councils director.

Supervisor Andrew Do, the most vocal opponent before the vote, criticized the confusion between the operations of the council and commission, saying it raises questions about accountability and leaves the board vulnerable to violations of state public meeting laws.

The public has to be clear on the two entities, he said. Right now, theyre so intertwined, people dont know whos responsible for what and as supervisors, we dont know whats going on at the council while were the ones overseeing the commission that works with them.

On June 6, supervisors deadlocked 2 to 2, with one member absent, on the personnel funding for the council. Supervisor Todd Spitzer proposed another vote a week later with the full board present. Do ended up voting to allocate the money because the work is still viable, he said. People around the county still need a voice.

Spitzer blamed the county for initially pressuring the non-profit to raise funds for commission programs during a time when Orange County faced a bankruptcy scandal. He said the board must choose if it wants to give money to programs and control its delivery or allow the non-profit to continue finding revenue.

Commission and council members promised to meet with county officials to find a way to separate our administration and still be effective, said Rusty Kennedy, the councils chief executive. Were ecstatic to be able to continue.

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After Dylann Roof Shooting, Hate Crime Rates Are Soaring Because … – Newsweek

President Donald Trump announced he was running for office on June 16, 2015. The following day, white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire in a historically black church located in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people in the hopes of launching an all-out race war.

Of course, those two events aren’t directly linked. “But its certainly symbolic,”Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, tells Newsweek.

“There doesnt seem to be a single marginalized population that was left out of the emboldened reaction to this election,”she said. “There has been a massive explosion of violence across the country, and an increase in the number of hate crimes against virtually all minority groups. The numbers are definitely going up in 2017.”

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Two years after Roof sat in on a bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, before taking out his gun and shooting the local parishioners, reports of hate crimes against black, Muslim, LGBTI, Sikh, Jewish and Hispanic communities have only continued to surge. Meanwhile, groups like SPLC and the Human Rights Campaign say battling the rise in hate-based violence will largely take place online in the coming years, where racists and those prone to committing attacks against minorities feed off of radicalized content and fake news.

A church youth group from Dothan, Alabama praying in front of the Emanuel AME Church on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting on July 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. John Moore, Getty

When looking at the data, it becomes immediately clear that spikes in hate crimes and racial tension havent only impacted black communities, like the Episcopal Church. There were at least 1,314 reported cases of anti-Muslim bias in 2014, according to the FBIs annual Uniform Crime Report. By 2016, that annual figure soared to 2,213.

Anti-Semitic incidents also rose in 2015, the latest year the Anti-Defamation League has data on, rising three percent to 941 total incidents nationwide.

Of all the hate crimes carried out that year, over 48 percent were committed by whites.

“We know that the normalization of violence, particularly against marginalized people, creates a culture of complicity and acceptance of hate based violence,”Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, tells Newsweek. “We also see that the political climate fosters violence. As anti-transgender measures are introduced across the country and the rhetoric is turned up, we are hearing from the community an increased vulnerability of harassment in their daily lives.”

In total, hate crimes rose from 5,479 reported incidents in 2014 to 5,800 the next year, when Roof made his decision to act on a months-long quest he had documented at length across the web and on his racist website, TheLastRhodesian.com.

Roof, who wassentencedto death on Jan. 10, 2017,was reportedly an avid reader of Daily Stormer, a hate-mongering website loaded with racial conspiracy theories, fake news and anti-Semitism. The sites readership also included James Jackson, who penned a suicide manifesto before driving from Baltimore to New York to kill a random black man with a sword, as well as Thomas Mair, an extremist loner who murdered BritishParliament member Jo Cox.

The 23-year-old also searched on Google for information about the case of Trayvon Martin, in which George Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old black teenager, and more broadly about information on crime statistics.

“I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up it was obvious Zimmerman was in the right,” Roofwrote on his site.”But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words ‘black on White crime’ into Google, and I have never been the same since that day.”

His search led him first to the Council of Conservative Citizens, a right-wing group documenting black on white crime and publishing gruesome content online. Roof says the information he absorbed online led him to believe there was a much deeper issue of violence targeting whites than the widely-reported Martin case, even though all of the data across the country supports the opposite notion: the United States is dealing with a racially-based crime issue of whites attacking blacks and other minorities.

To this day, fake news sites like Daily Wire appear on a Google search of “black on white crime”before the FBIs fact-based statistics.

A Google search for “black on white crime” shows misleading sites like Daily Wire ahead of fact-based data published by the FBI on June 16, 2017. Chris Riotta, Newsweek

“Theres been a general loss of civility in online discussions on race, gender and religion,”Beirich said. “Maybe if Google displayed factual results for Dylann Roof instead of misinformation at the top of their news pages, we wouldnt be here, facing the anniversary of his massacre.”

Though there arent statistics to indicate broad trends in hate crimes throughout 2017 yet, violence against marginalized communities is seemingly continuingto soar, specifically against trans women of color, the LGBTI community and Muslims. The SPLC reported 1,372 reported bias incidents between the November election and early February, just after Trump was sworn in.

“We have to as a society understand the urgent crisis and epidemic of violence that we find ourselves facing, and we must not tolerate the kind of hate, discrimination and violence that is all too common,”McBride says. “Hate breeds discrimination, discrimination often times breeds violence. These are all connected to one another. We cant tolerate hate, we cant allow hate to foster in our laws and in our hearts. Thats why its on all of us to take action to stand up to speak out.”

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Man charged with 2 Bellevue hate crimes – The Seattle Times

The 55-year-old suspect was charged in two recent incidents in Bellevue one at a gas station involving three men of Syrian descent, and another at a thrift shop involving a man of Ethiopian descent.

A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with hate crimes in two separate incidents in Bellevue.

Kenneth Dean Sjarpe, whose last known address was in Snoqualmie, is in King County Jail on two counts of malicious harassment, with bail set at $225,000.

If convicted as charged, the King County Prosecutors Office said, sentencing guidelines call for about 12 months imprisonment.

In an altercation at a gas station in the early evening of May 23, Sjarpe allegedly yelled at three men of Syrian descent, Go back to your country you , ending with a racial slur.

The encounter at the Arco AM/PM on Northup Way continued with an exchange of the f-word and with one of the reporting victims stating, Come over here and say that to my face.

Sjarpe allegedly said at one point, Ill kill you, Ill shoot you, go back home you Muslim , ending that tirade with another insult.

The alleged victims said that Sjarpe got into his Ford Bronco and drove toward the men, swerving away at the last second and driving off.

Video surveillance cameras caught the incident.

A report by Bellevue police Detective Steven Hooper said the video shows one of the alleged victims pumping gas, reacting to something, and then is seen waving his arms and yelling at something off camera.

The report said that another of the alleged victims is seen getting out of the passenger seat of his car, also starts yelling and appears to raise his middle finger toward the subject.

The report said the video then shows the Bronco moving toward the subjects car, with one person jumping back, and then the Bronco is seen leaving the scene.

Hooper said the next day he happened to see Sjarpe walking along Northup Way toward a travel trailer. He interviewed Sjarpe about the incident and wrote in his report that Sjarpe became animated and his voice got louder as he started talking about how he hated those people.

When the detective asked whom he was referring to, Hooper wrote, He said the Iranians, Indians, Middle Easterners. He said they shouldnt be in our country. How theyre taking our jobs. He said he supports Trump in keeping them out.

In the second incident, in the early afternoon of June 1 at the Jubilee REACH Thrift Store, Sjarpe allegedly approached an Ethiopian immigrant who told police he came here 37 years ago and yelled, I hate , ending that sentence with a racial slur, court documents say.

The alleged victim says he ignored Sjarpe, but Sjarpe followed him upstairs in the thrift shop, where there was no exit. Sjarpe then allegedly said, I want you guys out of my country, you [N-word]. If you dont leave, Ill make you disappear.

Court papers say that Sjarpe had his hands up, and that the victim was fearful, as there were knives in the vicinity and no escape.

The report said the alleged victim cried out for help, that others intervened and Sjarpe was forced out.

Sjarpe then allegedly returned to the thrift store on June 6 and 7, again using racial slurs, and again screaming about people from India taking our jobs.

Charging papers say Sjarpe has an extensive criminal history, ranging from harassment to distributing marijuana in a large-scale operation.

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Canadians Could Face Hate Crimes Over Using The Wrong Gender Pronouns – The Daily Caller

Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal touse the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training.

Canadas Senate passed Bill C-16, which puts gender identity and gender expression into both the countrys Human Rights Code, as well as the hate crime category of its Criminal Code by a vote of 67-11, according to LifeSiteNews. The bill now only needs royal assent from the governor general.

Great news, announced Justin Trudeau, Canadas prime minister. Bill C-16 has passed the Senate making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression. #LoveisLove.

Proud that Bill C-16has passed in the Senate, said Jody Wilson-Raybould, the countrys attorney general and minister of justice. All Canadians should feel #FreeToBeMe.

[Theres an argument] that transgender identity is too subjective a concept to be enshrined in law because it is defined as an individuals deeply felt internal experience of gender, said Grant Mitchell, a conservative senator, in November 2016. Yet we, of course, accept outright that no one can discriminate on the basis of religion, and that too is clearly a very deeply subjective and personal feeling.

Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto, and one of the bills fiercest critics, spoke to the Senate before the vote, insisting that it infringed upon citizens freedom of speech and institutes what he views as dubious gender ideology into law.

Compelled speech has come to Canada, stated Peterson. We will seriously regret this.

[Ideologues are] using unsuspecting and sometimes complicit members of the so-called transgender community to push their ideological vanguard forward, said the professor to the Senate in May. The very idea that calling someone a term that they didnt choose causes them such irreparable harm that legal remedies should be sought [is] an indication of just how deeply the culture of victimization has sunk into our society.

Peterson has previously pledged not to use irregular gender pronouns and students have protested him for his opposition to political correctness.

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This tyrannical bill is nothing but social engineering to the nth degree, all in the name of political correctness, Jeff Gunnarson, vice president of Campaign Life Toronto, a pro-life political group in Canada, told LifeSiteNews.

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Texas Makes Attacking Cops a Hate Crime – Breitbart News

The Texas Police Protection Act (HB 2908) increases criminal penalties and punishment for an offense committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of status as a peace officer or judge.

Only one Texas legislator voted against the bill Democrat Jarvis D. Johnson, a freshman Texas House representative from Houston.

A person who causes serious bodily injury to a peace officer or a judge while that person was in the discharge of their official duties would be guilty of a felony of the first degree if convicted. A felony of the first degree is punishable by 99 years to life in state prison but the sentence may not be less than five years. The person convicted can also be fined up to $10,000.

Moreover, if a person restrains a police officer or judge while they are lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a peace officer or judge, the person would be guilty of a felony of the second degree. The crime carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison but not less than two years. The possible fine is the same up to $10,000.

The new law makes a terroristic threat made against a peace or judicial officer a crime punishable as a state jail felony if the person threatens to commit any offense involving violence with intent to place the officer in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. The offense was previously a Class A misdemeanor. The possible confinement now is not more than two years or less than 180 days. The possible fine remains $10,000.

Breitbart Texas reported about the execution-style deaths of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, and the separate ambush of five Dallas officers. We providedlivewire coverageof the tragic shootings and the aftermath when suspect Micah X. Johnson killed five police officers and wounded seven others in Dallas after the conclusion of a Black Lives Matter protest in July 2016. Johnson, aformer New Black Panther Party member,saidhe wanted to kill white people especially white officers. Johnson was killed after officers used a robot to set off a bomb near him.

Breitbart Texas was also at the Waller County, Texas, jail for aSandra Blandprotest in August 2015 when agroup of armed members of the New Black Panther Partymarched chanting The revolution is on Off the pigs, andOink Oink Bang Bang!

Less than two weeks later, approximately 30 miles away from the jail, Deputy Darren Goforth was executed in cold blood. The deputywas gunned down from behind as he walked out of a gas station store in northwest Harris County in Houston. He was in uniform at the time and he was walking toward his patrol car. The deputy wasshot 15 times in the back and in the back of the head. Then-Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, and the indictment against Shannon Miles, the black defendant who is suspected of killing him, stated that Deputy Goforth was killed just because hewas a police officer.

Shortly after the Dallas police shootings, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the Police Protection Act. Abbott said he was going to ask the Texas Legislature to pass the law during the next session, reported Breitbart Texas. While our state and the nation continue to mourn the heroes lost in Dallas, it is time for us to unite as Texans to say no more, Governor Abbott said. The men and women in uniform risk their lives every day to protect the public, and it is time we show them the State of Texas has their back. Texas will no longer tolerate disrespect for those who serve, and it must be made clear to anyone targeting our law enforcement officials that their actions will be met with severe justice. Abbott declared, At a time when law enforcement officers increasingly come under assault simply because of the job they hold, Texas must send a resolute message that the State will stand by the men and women who serve and protect our communities.

Breitbart Texas reported in November 2015 that law enforcement officials suspected that retaliation was a possible motive in the shooting of a Travis County criminal district court judge. Judge Julie Kocurek was shot when she and some friends arrived at her home. A bag of trash or a garbage can had been placed in front of her security gate to her driveway and someone opened fire and shot the judge when the driver stopped and got out of the car to clear the pathway. Luckily, the judge survived.

The Police Protection Act will take effect on September 1 of 2017.

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An Illinois bill that awaits Republican Gov. Bruce Rauners signaturewould require convicted hate crime offenders to take diversity training courses pertaining to the specific group that they victimized. The bills main author, Sadia Covert, is a member of the Islamic Center of Naperville and began her crusade for hate crime reform in 2014, the Illinois Daily Herald reported Monday. In addition to diversity courses, the law would remove the states $1,000 cap on restitution payments and allow victims to pursue other monetary damages in civil court. Rauner is expected to approve the bill this week. We cannot stay silent on hate, Rauner said in a March statement. We cannot stay silent when families in our community are in danger. The bill is the first in a three-step plan that Covert hopes, if implemented fully, will curb hate crime in Illinois, the Herald reported. Covert decried the absence of diversity training and education in Illinois current hate crime penalties, arguing that prison time alone is unhelpful. When people have more understanding, theyre less likely to hate or commit a crime, Covert said. Democratic State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, who sponsored the bill, told reporters that the educational component is very needed. Sometimes people engage in hateful outbreaks against other minorities just because they might not understand or have a working knowledge of individuals different genders, different religions, different mannerisms just the differences between us, Kifowit said. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called a summit in February to address the states apparent spike in hate crimes, citing the numerous bomb threats against Jewish centers across the country. Many of these threats were later debunked, however, as one former leftist reporter for The Intercept pled guilty to making eight such bomb threats in an attempt to get back at his Jewish ex-girlfriend. Follow Anders on Twitter Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [emailprotected].

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Islamophobic terrorism: Anti-Muslim hate crime ‘not taken seriously … – RT

Islamophobia, or hate crimes perpetrated against Muslims, is still not taken seriously enough in Britain, according to campaigners and academics. Following the terrorist attack in north Londons Seven Sisters, which left one dead and 10 in hospital, celebrities and the public alike have criticized outlets of Islamophobic rhetoric. Among the culprits are tabloid newspapers like the Sun, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum, and the leader of far-right group Britain First, Paul Golding. Islamophobia is not taken seriously enough in this country, Tom Mills, co-editor of the book What is Islamophobia, told RT. You can say things about Muslims and Islam in British public life that you would never get away with saying about other minority groups. I dont think theres any doubt about that. But theres also the fact that if you look at the data, Islamophobic terrorist attacks in the UK are roughly as prevalent as attacks by those identifying with Islam, yet they are not treated as such by the media or the authorities. When the story was originally reported by the Daily Mail as white van driver injures at least 10 people, Harry Potter author JK Rowling launched a series of tweets asking how the perpetrator had been radicalized the sort of questions asked following attacks by Islamist extremists. The Mail has misspelled terrorist as white van driver. Now lets discuss how he was radicalized, she tweeted. She followed it up with the caption of a tweet by UKIPs former leader Nigel Farage and his unveiling of a Leave campaign poster showing a long line of presumed migrants with the words Breaking Point superimposed. Lets talk about how the #FinsburyPark terrorist was radicalized, she added. Her messages triggered a series of angry replies from Farage and rightwing pundit Katie Hopkins, who Rowling also accused of provoking Islamophobia. Academics like Mills believe the problem lies within British society and its failure to understand how the vilification of Muslims works. Its not just that Islamophobia isnt taken seriously enough, though. Its also that it is not properly understood,”Mills said. LATEST: Follow RTs LIVE UPDATES Hate crimes against Muslims are recorded by the police, which is a good thing, and there are a number of initiatives seeking to combat bigoted views about against Muslims, as well as the far right groups and movements associated with them. But what tends to always get overlooked is that the far right are just part of a broader continuum of actors that produce Islamophobia. At the heart of Islamophobia in this country is the state, and in particular the state counter-terrorism apparatus, and then there are much more mainstream conservative, as well as liberal, groupings, that have actively contributed towards an Islamophobic culture and policy agenda. A report by anti-Islamophobia group Tell MAMA reported at the end of last year that British mosques had been attacked no less than 100 times since 2013.

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Legislation seeks to classify jail, prison attacks as hate crimes – The Times Telegram

Micaela Parker @OD_Parker Local jail and state prison union officials hope that a proposed bill that seeks to punish attacks on law enforcement as hate crimes will reduce the number of inmate-on-staff assaults at correctional facilities. On June 1, an Oneida County Correctional Facility inmate reportedly stabbed a correction officer in the shoulder and chest with an unknown weapon, said Luis Roman, president of the Oneida County Deputy Sheriffs Benevolent Association. He believes the proposed bill could go a long way toward preventing assaults on correction officers. I think that if the inmates understood that they could be charged with a hate crime, it would dissuade them from those activities that go on at the jail almost every night, Roman said. The Community Heroes Protection Act classifies certain crimes against first responders such as law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel, including correction officers as hate crimes only if they are intentionally aimed at first responders based on actual or perceived employment in that field. Police officers and first responders are not currently included as victims in the current definition of a hate crime. The Community Heroes Protection Act passed the state Senate in May and was delivered to the Assembly. It currently is in committee. Local supporters of the proposed bill include Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica. I do think that if this was to go into effect and we got the support from the Assembly that we did from the Senate that it would almost force justice to be served, Roman said. Because it doesnt seem like anything goes anywhere. I know (getting assaulted) is part of my day. If that should happen to me there should be consequences. Assault incidents reported to Roman at the Oneida County jail in 2017 to date were not immediately available. In 2016, Roman recorded more than 16 incidents detailing conduct ranging from menacing to harassment to assault. In a fact sheet dated June 1, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reported 318 assaults on staff by prison inmates statewide. There were 760 reported assaults last year and 895 in 2015. The data does not break down the assaults in individual facilities, such as Mohawk, Marcy or Mid-State correctional facilities. In a statement, the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association said the proposed bill if passed would hopefully serve as a deterrent for those who would specifically target anyone in law enforcement because of their profession. Correction officers have one of the most difficult jobs in the country and face constant dangers and attacks at the hands of some of the most violent criminals in the state, the statement read. Certainly, we fully support this legislation and commend the legislators who introduced this bill and support it and our members. Follow @OD_Parker on Twitter or call her at 315-792-5063.

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Orange County Human Relations Council wins funding reprieve as hate crimes continue to rise – Los Angeles Times

When the bag of feces arrived at the LGBT Center Orange County, Laura Kanter knew immediately what to do. She picked up the phone and called the Orange County Human Relations Council to talk with Don Han, who deals with hate crimes. Kanter, as director of policy advocacy and youth services for the LGBT Center in Santa Ana, recently recalled the disturbing incident that occurred in May. She said that the council provides an important service in the community. We can call the police and I did, and they’ll just take a report, she said. But I knew we had someone to turn to and that’s what these folks do best. They look at the bigger picture to create understanding between communities.” Hans non-profit organization was founded in 1991 in part to raise money and develop programs overseen by the Orange County Human Relations Commission. The council works with law enforcement agencies, compiles an annual hate crime report and provides mediation and violence prevention programs in partnerships with schools, corporations, cities, foundations and individuals. We try to be a voice of reason and listen, Han said, and were committed to getting people from all sides to come together. The council has raised about $30 million in the last 25 years to support the county commissions work, according to its website. But until recently the council was in danger of losing the funding that pays for its three-member staff, including Han. For months, county supervisors debated back and forth, threatening to cut the $252,000 needed to pay for the councils personnel, while the group received an eviction notice to vacate the county building where it has operated, rent-free, by July 1. Meanwhile, the number of reported hate crimes increased 50 in 2016, compared with 44 the year before with African Americans and the LGBT population as the two most frequently targeted communities across the county, according to the councils newest report. This trend, coupled with the fear that Orange County could lose its human relations advocates, prompted more than 300 supporters to swarm supervisors meetings this month, pushing to allow the two groups to continue their partnership. Among the proponents praising the groups anti-bullying, interfaith and mediation campaigns was Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, who said there is a lot of fear in our immigrant and LGBTQ communities. This is an important public safety and quality of life issue for us. The board voted 4 to 1 this week, with Supervisor Michelle Steel as the lone dissenter, to continue funding the council for at least another year. But the panel also urged the council and commission to stop co-mingling, with one supervisor noting that some commission staff members report to the councils director. Supervisor Andrew Do, the most vocal opponent before the vote, criticized the confusion between the operations of the council and commission, saying it raises questions about accountability and leaves the board vulnerable to violations of state public meeting laws. The public has to be clear on the two entities, he said. Right now, theyre so intertwined, people dont know whos responsible for what and as supervisors, we dont know whats going on at the council while were the ones overseeing the commission that works with them. On June 6, supervisors deadlocked 2 to 2, with one member absent, on the personnel funding for the council. Supervisor Todd Spitzer proposed another vote a week later with the full board present. Do ended up voting to allocate the money because the work is still viable, he said. People around the county still need a voice. Spitzer blamed the county for initially pressuring the non-profit to raise funds for commission programs during a time when Orange County faced a bankruptcy scandal. He said the board must choose if it wants to give money to programs and control its delivery or allow the non-profit to continue finding revenue. Commission and council members promised to meet with county officials to find a way to separate our administration and still be effective, said Rusty Kennedy, the councils chief executive. Were ecstatic to be able to continue. anh.do@latimes.com Twitter: @newsterrier

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After Dylann Roof Shooting, Hate Crime Rates Are Soaring Because … – Newsweek

President Donald Trump announced he was running for office on June 16, 2015. The following day, white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire in a historically black church located in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people in the hopes of launching an all-out race war. Of course, those two events aren’t directly linked. “But its certainly symbolic,”Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, tells Newsweek. “There doesnt seem to be a single marginalized population that was left out of the emboldened reaction to this election,”she said. “There has been a massive explosion of violence across the country, and an increase in the number of hate crimes against virtually all minority groups. The numbers are definitely going up in 2017.” Daily Emails and Alerts- Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox Two years after Roof sat in on a bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, before taking out his gun and shooting the local parishioners, reports of hate crimes against black, Muslim, LGBTI, Sikh, Jewish and Hispanic communities have only continued to surge. Meanwhile, groups like SPLC and the Human Rights Campaign say battling the rise in hate-based violence will largely take place online in the coming years, where racists and those prone to committing attacks against minorities feed off of radicalized content and fake news. A church youth group from Dothan, Alabama praying in front of the Emanuel AME Church on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting on July 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. John Moore, Getty When looking at the data, it becomes immediately clear that spikes in hate crimes and racial tension havent only impacted black communities, like the Episcopal Church. There were at least 1,314 reported cases of anti-Muslim bias in 2014, according to the FBIs annual Uniform Crime Report. By 2016, that annual figure soared to 2,213. Anti-Semitic incidents also rose in 2015, the latest year the Anti-Defamation League has data on, rising three percent to 941 total incidents nationwide. Of all the hate crimes carried out that year, over 48 percent were committed by whites. “We know that the normalization of violence, particularly against marginalized people, creates a culture of complicity and acceptance of hate based violence,”Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, tells Newsweek. “We also see that the political climate fosters violence. As anti-transgender measures are introduced across the country and the rhetoric is turned up, we are hearing from the community an increased vulnerability of harassment in their daily lives.” In total, hate crimes rose from 5,479 reported incidents in 2014 to 5,800 the next year, when Roof made his decision to act on a months-long quest he had documented at length across the web and on his racist website, TheLastRhodesian.com. Roof, who wassentencedto death on Jan. 10, 2017,was reportedly an avid reader of Daily Stormer, a hate-mongering website loaded with racial conspiracy theories, fake news and anti-Semitism. The sites readership also included James Jackson, who penned a suicide manifesto before driving from Baltimore to New York to kill a random black man with a sword, as well as Thomas Mair, an extremist loner who murdered BritishParliament member Jo Cox. The 23-year-old also searched on Google for information about the case of Trayvon Martin, in which George Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old black teenager, and more broadly about information on crime statistics. “I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up it was obvious Zimmerman was in the right,” Roofwrote on his site.”But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words ‘black on White crime’ into Google, and I have never been the same since that day.” His search led him first to the Council of Conservative Citizens, a right-wing group documenting black on white crime and publishing gruesome content online. Roof says the information he absorbed online led him to believe there was a much deeper issue of violence targeting whites than the widely-reported Martin case, even though all of the data across the country supports the opposite notion: the United States is dealing with a racially-based crime issue of whites attacking blacks and other minorities. To this day, fake news sites like Daily Wire appear on a Google search of “black on white crime”before the FBIs fact-based statistics. A Google search for “black on white crime” shows misleading sites like Daily Wire ahead of fact-based data published by the FBI on June 16, 2017. Chris Riotta, Newsweek “Theres been a general loss of civility in online discussions on race, gender and religion,”Beirich said. “Maybe if Google displayed factual results for Dylann Roof instead of misinformation at the top of their news pages, we wouldnt be here, facing the anniversary of his massacre.” Though there arent statistics to indicate broad trends in hate crimes throughout 2017 yet, violence against marginalized communities is seemingly continuingto soar, specifically against trans women of color, the LGBTI community and Muslims. The SPLC reported 1,372 reported bias incidents between the November election and early February, just after Trump was sworn in. “We have to as a society understand the urgent crisis and epidemic of violence that we find ourselves facing, and we must not tolerate the kind of hate, discrimination and violence that is all too common,”McBride says. “Hate breeds discrimination, discrimination often times breeds violence. These are all connected to one another. We cant tolerate hate, we cant allow hate to foster in our laws and in our hearts. Thats why its on all of us to take action to stand up to speak out.”

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Black Students Who Hoaxed Hillary With Fake Hate Crime Claim Get No Jail Time – The Daily Caller

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Man charged with 2 Bellevue hate crimes – The Seattle Times

The 55-year-old suspect was charged in two recent incidents in Bellevue one at a gas station involving three men of Syrian descent, and another at a thrift shop involving a man of Ethiopian descent. A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with hate crimes in two separate incidents in Bellevue. Kenneth Dean Sjarpe, whose last known address was in Snoqualmie, is in King County Jail on two counts of malicious harassment, with bail set at $225,000. If convicted as charged, the King County Prosecutors Office said, sentencing guidelines call for about 12 months imprisonment. In an altercation at a gas station in the early evening of May 23, Sjarpe allegedly yelled at three men of Syrian descent, Go back to your country you , ending with a racial slur. The encounter at the Arco AM/PM on Northup Way continued with an exchange of the f-word and with one of the reporting victims stating, Come over here and say that to my face. Sjarpe allegedly said at one point, Ill kill you, Ill shoot you, go back home you Muslim , ending that tirade with another insult. The alleged victims said that Sjarpe got into his Ford Bronco and drove toward the men, swerving away at the last second and driving off. Video surveillance cameras caught the incident. A report by Bellevue police Detective Steven Hooper said the video shows one of the alleged victims pumping gas, reacting to something, and then is seen waving his arms and yelling at something off camera. The report said that another of the alleged victims is seen getting out of the passenger seat of his car, also starts yelling and appears to raise his middle finger toward the subject. The report said the video then shows the Bronco moving toward the subjects car, with one person jumping back, and then the Bronco is seen leaving the scene. Hooper said the next day he happened to see Sjarpe walking along Northup Way toward a travel trailer. He interviewed Sjarpe about the incident and wrote in his report that Sjarpe became animated and his voice got louder as he started talking about how he hated those people. When the detective asked whom he was referring to, Hooper wrote, He said the Iranians, Indians, Middle Easterners. He said they shouldnt be in our country. How theyre taking our jobs. He said he supports Trump in keeping them out. In the second incident, in the early afternoon of June 1 at the Jubilee REACH Thrift Store, Sjarpe allegedly approached an Ethiopian immigrant who told police he came here 37 years ago and yelled, I hate , ending that sentence with a racial slur, court documents say. The alleged victim says he ignored Sjarpe, but Sjarpe followed him upstairs in the thrift shop, where there was no exit. Sjarpe then allegedly said, I want you guys out of my country, you [N-word]. If you dont leave, Ill make you disappear. Court papers say that Sjarpe had his hands up, and that the victim was fearful, as there were knives in the vicinity and no escape. The report said the alleged victim cried out for help, that others intervened and Sjarpe was forced out. Sjarpe then allegedly returned to the thrift store on June 6 and 7, again using racial slurs, and again screaming about people from India taking our jobs. Charging papers say Sjarpe has an extensive criminal history, ranging from harassment to distributing marijuana in a large-scale operation.

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Canadians Could Face Hate Crimes Over Using The Wrong Gender Pronouns – The Daily Caller

Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal touse the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training. Canadas Senate passed Bill C-16, which puts gender identity and gender expression into both the countrys Human Rights Code, as well as the hate crime category of its Criminal Code by a vote of 67-11, according to LifeSiteNews. The bill now only needs royal assent from the governor general. Great news, announced Justin Trudeau, Canadas prime minister. Bill C-16 has passed the Senate making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression. #LoveisLove. Proud that Bill C-16has passed in the Senate, said Jody Wilson-Raybould, the countrys attorney general and minister of justice. All Canadians should feel #FreeToBeMe. [Theres an argument] that transgender identity is too subjective a concept to be enshrined in law because it is defined as an individuals deeply felt internal experience of gender, said Grant Mitchell, a conservative senator, in November 2016. Yet we, of course, accept outright that no one can discriminate on the basis of religion, and that too is clearly a very deeply subjective and personal feeling. Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto, and one of the bills fiercest critics, spoke to the Senate before the vote, insisting that it infringed upon citizens freedom of speech and institutes what he views as dubious gender ideology into law. Compelled speech has come to Canada, stated Peterson. We will seriously regret this. [Ideologues are] using unsuspecting and sometimes complicit members of the so-called transgender community to push their ideological vanguard forward, said the professor to the Senate in May. The very idea that calling someone a term that they didnt choose causes them such irreparable harm that legal remedies should be sought [is] an indication of just how deeply the culture of victimization has sunk into our society. Peterson has previously pledged not to use irregular gender pronouns and students have protested him for his opposition to political correctness. WATCH: This tyrannical bill is nothing but social engineering to the nth degree, all in the name of political correctness, Jeff Gunnarson, vice president of Campaign Life Toronto, a pro-life political group in Canada, told LifeSiteNews. The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the director of communications for the House of Commons, but received no comment in time for publication. (Editors note: This post has been updated.) Follow Rob Shimshock on Twitter Connect with Rob Shimshock on Facebook Send tips to [emailprotected]. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [emailprotected].

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Texas Makes Attacking Cops a Hate Crime – Breitbart News

The Texas Police Protection Act (HB 2908) increases criminal penalties and punishment for an offense committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of status as a peace officer or judge. Only one Texas legislator voted against the bill Democrat Jarvis D. Johnson, a freshman Texas House representative from Houston. A person who causes serious bodily injury to a peace officer or a judge while that person was in the discharge of their official duties would be guilty of a felony of the first degree if convicted. A felony of the first degree is punishable by 99 years to life in state prison but the sentence may not be less than five years. The person convicted can also be fined up to $10,000. Moreover, if a person restrains a police officer or judge while they are lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a peace officer or judge, the person would be guilty of a felony of the second degree. The crime carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison but not less than two years. The possible fine is the same up to $10,000. The new law makes a terroristic threat made against a peace or judicial officer a crime punishable as a state jail felony if the person threatens to commit any offense involving violence with intent to place the officer in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. The offense was previously a Class A misdemeanor. The possible confinement now is not more than two years or less than 180 days. The possible fine remains $10,000. Breitbart Texas reported about the execution-style deaths of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, and the separate ambush of five Dallas officers. We providedlivewire coverageof the tragic shootings and the aftermath when suspect Micah X. Johnson killed five police officers and wounded seven others in Dallas after the conclusion of a Black Lives Matter protest in July 2016. Johnson, aformer New Black Panther Party member,saidhe wanted to kill white people especially white officers. Johnson was killed after officers used a robot to set off a bomb near him. Breitbart Texas was also at the Waller County, Texas, jail for aSandra Blandprotest in August 2015 when agroup of armed members of the New Black Panther Partymarched chanting The revolution is on Off the pigs, andOink Oink Bang Bang! Less than two weeks later, approximately 30 miles away from the jail, Deputy Darren Goforth was executed in cold blood. The deputywas gunned down from behind as he walked out of a gas station store in northwest Harris County in Houston. He was in uniform at the time and he was walking toward his patrol car. The deputy wasshot 15 times in the back and in the back of the head. Then-Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, and the indictment against Shannon Miles, the black defendant who is suspected of killing him, stated that Deputy Goforth was killed just because hewas a police officer. Shortly after the Dallas police shootings, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the Police Protection Act. Abbott said he was going to ask the Texas Legislature to pass the law during the next session, reported Breitbart Texas. While our state and the nation continue to mourn the heroes lost in Dallas, it is time for us to unite as Texans to say no more, Governor Abbott said. The men and women in uniform risk their lives every day to protect the public, and it is time we show them the State of Texas has their back. Texas will no longer tolerate disrespect for those who serve, and it must be made clear to anyone targeting our law enforcement officials that their actions will be met with severe justice. Abbott declared, At a time when law enforcement officers increasingly come under assault simply because of the job they hold, Texas must send a resolute message that the State will stand by the men and women who serve and protect our communities. Breitbart Texas reported in November 2015 that law enforcement officials suspected that retaliation was a possible motive in the shooting of a Travis County criminal district court judge. Judge Julie Kocurek was shot when she and some friends arrived at her home. A bag of trash or a garbage can had been placed in front of her security gate to her driveway and someone opened fire and shot the judge when the driver stopped and got out of the car to clear the pathway. Luckily, the judge survived. The Police Protection Act will take effect on September 1 of 2017. Bob Priceserves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTXandFacebook. P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.

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