Category: Washington Post

As hate crime laws expand, who to exclude as victims?

(Wash Post)

In California, a man is accused of a series of unprovoked attacks on homeless people. In Arizona, a Democratic congressman’s aide breaks the ankle of a Republican wearing a Make America Great Again hat. In Connecticut, a police officer has a brick thrown through his cruiser’s window; authorities say the suspect talked about hating cops.

All are acts of violence, but are they hate crimes? In a growing number of states, the answer is yes, as the definition of hate crimes expands well beyond traditional categories such as race and ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation.

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Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark’s killing remain tense

By Rob Kuznia and Sawsan Morrar 

(Wash Post)

The 20 shots that police fired at Stephon Clark, killing the unarmed black father of two last month, have ignited protests that shut down major roadways, blocked entry to an NBA game and created a seemingly ever-present tension in the streets of California’s capital. That conflict came to a head Saturday night.

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