hate crime

Man ransacked California synagogue

Police search for vandal

 Authorities are investigating a series of vandalisms -- including at a synagogue -- that took place in the city of Beverly Hills, police say.The vandalism at the Nessah Synagogue was discovered Saturday morning by an employee who said he found "an open door and items ransacked inside," the City of Beverly Hills Police Department said in a news release.

Killers gave feds more weapons to fight hate crimes

John William King sought to terrorize blacks in east Texas by murdering James Byrd Jr., but his vicious crime instead (eventually) provided federal law enforcement with additional tools to punish perpetrators of hate crimes.

Actor Jussie Smollett's bail set at $100,000

Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack on him last month, taking "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson alleged Thursday.