hate crimes

CAIR wants FBI to investigate EGF mosque fire as a hate crime

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (KVRR) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants FBI involvement nearly two weeks after a possible hate crime where a woman attacked an East Grand Forks Mosque during morning prayer. Fifty-seven-year-old Suzette Gay Thompson of Thief River Falls is arrested on an arson charge and could face up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000…

FBI investigating assault of Fargo girl for possible hate crimes violations

FARGO (KVRR) – The FBI is investigating an assault in Fargo in which a man is accused of striking and choking an 11-year-old girl during a confrontation in September. According to a memo to Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski,  federal investigators are examining the complaint against 73-year-old Larry Baldner.  The memo says the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are…

Fargo Police required to present hate crime findings to city commissioners

"I'm going to be reporting on the hate crimes in terms of whether or not the city ordinance was issued or reports where the city ordinance was applied or federal law was applied."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — City commissioners vote for the Fargo Police department to provide them with reports of hate crimes the department has identified. “I’m going to be reporting on the hate crimes in terms of whether or not the city ordinance was issued or reports where the city ordinance was applied or federal law was applied. Our current hate…

Activist calls for change in ND hate crime prosecutions

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A Fargo activist is calling for change from state officials in addressing hate crimes. A North Dakota century code enacted in 1973 considers hate crimes to be class B misdemeanors. Demonstrators are asking for the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office to work with law enforcement officials across the state to ensure hate crimes are being prosecuted…

MN Lawmaker Seeks Crackdown on Fake Hate Crime Claims

Rep. Nick Zerwas' bill comes after actor Jussie Smollett was charged with falsely telling authorities he was attacked.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A Minnesota lawmaker wants tougher penalties for falsely reporting hate crimes in his state after an actor in Chicago was accused of doing so. Rep. Nick Zerwas’ bill comes after actor Jussie Smollett was charged with falsely telling authorities he was attacked by men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around…

Craig Cobb Wants Hate Crime Charges Filed in Church Fire

He is calling the act of his church burning down "terroristic"

NOME, N.D. — A church recently bought by self–proclaimed white supremacist Craig Cobb has burned to the ground in Nome, North Dakota. The Attorney General’s Office says there isn’t any new information to release but Cobb says he knows the fire was set intentionally. “I was going to turn it over to the creativity movement with a stipulation that that…