Prosecutors tackling recent violence against minorities nationwide
With Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan now convicted of hate crimes along with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the men now face up to life in prison, even if their state murder charges are overturned on appeal.
The trio now await sentencing on the hate crimes charges. Here are details on other recent hate crime cases, based on information from the Department of Justice.
Anti-Asian hate crimes across America
A Washington, D.C. woman received a hate-bias enhancement to one count of threats to do bodily harm and was sentenced to prison for a 2021 attack in which she approached an Asian individual outside a store in Washington D.C., armed with a knife.
She threatened to kill the individual saying “I will kill you; you have coronavirus; go back to China.”
Just last week, a west Texas man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges after a 2020 attack on an Asian family shopping at a Sam’s Club. The man attacked the family, including two children, with an 8-inch knife yelling “Get out of America!”
Fulton County prosecutors have indicated they will will pursue hate crime enhancements to the charges against Robert Aaron Long, perpetuator of the 2021 Atlanta spa shootings, in his upcoming April trial.
2019 El Paso Walmart shooting
Patrick Crusius has been charged with hate crimes and firearm charges after opening fire with an assault rifle in a Walmart located in El Paso, Texas, in 2019. He is charged with the murder of 22 people and the attempted murder of 23 others.
In his manifesto, he wrote “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by the invasion.”
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Tree of Life Synagogue shooting
Robert Bowers, armed with multiple firearms, killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October, 2018. Bowers has been charged with multiple hate crimes for attacking the worshippers.
Bowers posted anti-Semitic statements online and expressed a desire to “kill Jews” prior to the shooting.
Charlottesville white supremacists’ rally
James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors at a 2017 “Unite the Right Rally,” killing one woman and injuring dozens.
Fields admitted to promoting white supremacist views on social media and driving into the crowd because of “the actual and perceived race, color, national origin, and religion of its members” and was sentenced to life in prison in 2019.