Race Issues
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Reports of hate crimes continue to rise

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/14/18, 10:10 am

Reports of crimes motivated by racial, religious, sexual, and other prejudices spiked across the United States by 17 percent in 2017, rising for the third straight year, with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. Some of the increases might be the result of better reporting by police departments, but law enforcement officials say they don’t doubt hate crimes are on the rise. A little more than two weeks ago, an anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant gunman killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue as they gathered for Saturday services.

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Police officer fatally shoots security guard

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/13/18, 11:48 am

A police officer fatally shot a security guard who had subdued a suspect following a shooting in a bar outside Chicago on Sunday, prompting a lawsuit from the guard’s family. The security guard, Jemel Roberson, was working at Manny’s Blue Room bar in Robbins, Ill., when an alleged assailant opened fire following a dispute. When police arrived on the scene, Roberson was pinning the suspect to the ground outside the bar.

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Kentucky shooting investigated as a hate crime

by Leigh Jones & Kiley Crossland
Posted 10/29/18, 10:25 am

The FBI is investigating last week’s supermarket shooting in Kentucky as a possible hate crime, a U.S. official announced on Friday. Prosecutors have charged 51-year-old Gregory Bush with murder in the deaths of Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vicki Lee Jones, 67, at a Kroger in Jeffersontown on Wednesday. Both victims were African-American.

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