hate crime


Definition of hate crime 

: any of various crimes (such as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group (such as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)

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Levin’s organization, based at California State University-San Bernardino, took the research a step further, comparing the USA Today findings with the FBI’s 2016 hate crime statistics. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Russian Facebook posts may have inspired militia in Kansas bombing plot, expert says," 10 June 2018 Hostility toward guest workers has also bubbled up into violence, as in the case of Garmin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in a hate crime in Kansas the month after the executive order. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Steve Bannon is pushing anti-immigrant policies at an upcoming tech conference," 31 Oct. 2018 Authorities are investigating the shooting of two black patrons last week at a Kentucky grocery store as a hate crime. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Trump Mourns Pittsburgh Shooting Victims as Some Protest," 30 Oct. 2018 Rostock police said the incident late Wednesday was being investigated as a hate crime. Fox News, "Germany: Saxony governor goes to city shaken by protests," 30 Aug. 2018 Engelman said she was told by LAPD officials that the case is being investigated as a hate crime. James Queally, latimes.com, "Woman says couple used racial slurs while assaulting her at Playa Del Rey Little League event," 31 May 2018 The vandalism is being considered as institutional vandalism and possibly as a hate crime, White said. Theresa Waldrop And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Headstones spray-painted with swastikas in Illinois cemetery," 26 May 2018 The recent theft, which Meredith said occurred sometime between April 24 and April 26, has been reported as a hate crime to the Cincinnati Police Department. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Hate crime? Activist gay minister's seminary diploma stolen from his church," 7 May 2018 Authorities said the incident won't be investigated as a hate crime because a specific victim was not targeted. Joy Johnston, ajc, "Electronic road sign displayed anti-Semitic message for hours in Arizona," 29 Apr. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of hate crime 

: a crime that violates the victim's civil rights and that is motivated by hostility to the victim's race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender

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