Fourteen days after rallying on the third floor of the Indiana Statehouse to cheer, applaud and push the Legislature into passing a hate crime bill this session, advocates were stunned the measure failed last week to even get a committee vote.
Emphasizing the economic as well as social benefits of hate crime laws, an energic and diverse crowd rallied inside the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday in support of two bills that would add penalties for crimes motivated by bias.
With two hate crime bills introduced in the Indiana Legislature this session, proponents are hoping the third time will be the charm for finally getting a measure to the governor’s desk. Advocates plan a rally at the Statehouse on Tuesday.
The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is renouncing the racial hatred and violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend and renewing its push for hate crime legislation in the state.
President Donald Trump is facing pressure from both sides of the aisle for him to explicitly condemn white supremacists and hate groups involved in deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that a white supremacist who rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters represented domestic terrorism.
A judge has denied bond for an Ohio man accused of plowing his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally.
With a little more than a month remaining in the 2017 Indiana General Assembly session, advocates are ramping up their efforts to get hate crime legislation through the Statehouse this year.
The only hate crime bill that was sent to the Senate floor for a vote was pulled by the author yesterday after a proposed amendment from a Republican senator split support for the measure and led to the conclusion that reaching a consensus would be too difficult.
Family members of the nine people Dylann Roof killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church weren’t the only ones who suffered. Their church family grieved, too.
Dylann Roof said he wasn't sure “what good it would do” to ask jurors for life in prison instead of execution, showing no remorse for killing nine black church members during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dylann Roof hesitated for about 20 seconds when an FBI agent asked him what he was doing on the night nine black church members were killed during Bible study in a historic congregation in Charleston, South Carolina.
The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police increased by about 6.7 percent last year, led largely by a 67 percent surge in crimes against Muslims.
A state senator from Indianapolis announced Tuesday his intention to again file legislation to enact a hate crime statute in Indiana, one of only five states that does not have this kind of law on the books.
Dylann Roof's defense team is challenging the constitutionality of the federal hate crimes law, a legal longshot they say they'll drop if prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty in the killings of nine people inside a South Carolina church.
More than half of Indiana's police agencies failed to file hate crime reports with the FBI between 2009 and 2014, a trend advocates say is troubling and one reason why state lawmakers need to change the state's standing as one of five states without a hate crime law.