hate crime

The Southern Poverty Law Center ranks Texas as third in the nation for the most hate group. The state has up to 55 hate groups amid a two-year surge in membership in the so called Alt-right organizations.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

New legislation filed at the state capitol aims to provide stiffer punishment for those caught targeting police and first responders.  

Following the shooting of San Antonio Police Det. Benjamin Marconi, the city’s police Chief William McManus said that it was obvious, the uniform, not the officer was the target.

Hate crimes in 2015 were more than 6 percent more frequent than they were in 2014, with a two-thirds increase in religiously motivated attacks against Muslims.

The FBI's Hate Crimes Statistics, 2015 report tallied more than 5,850 hate crime incidents in 2015.

Most of the crimes were intimidation, vandalism or assault.

Most of those — 56.9 percent — were racially motivated, with more than half of race-based attacks targeting African-Americans.

From Texas Standard:

Police across the country are reeling after the shooting of police officers in Dallas and now most recently in Baton Rouge. Now officers say that they are stepping up security measures - more patrols, a heightened sense of awareness, and now - possibly a new law.

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invited government, faith, and community members together today for a conversation about hate speech.

TPR’s Eileen Pace reports the anti-Semitic drawings in the neighborhood near Rodfei Sholom in mid-August captured the attention of not only San Antonio but people across the country.

More than one member of the community today remarked on the fact that the hateful event brought the community together in such a positive way. Two hundred guests packed the Pearl Stable today to have the conversation about preventing hate speech.

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