Attacks by white nationalists and anti-Muslim extremists in the U.S. produced 69 deaths between 2015-2019, the Global Terrorism Database reported Thursday. In related testimony in Oregon, a terrorism expert said far-right groups were exploiting the wave of anti-racism protests to stoke anger among their supporters.
Amy Cooper, a white woman who called 911 about “an African-American man” who was allegedly threatening her, was charged Monday with one count of filing a false report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Many states are taking a tougher approach against false reports through legislation.
If the bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly is signed into law by the governor, it will stiffen sentencing for those convicted of targeting a victim because of their race, color or religion, among other things.
Facebook has come under sharp scrutiny following the armed protests against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her stay-at-home orders, which led to the Michigan state capitol being closed Thursday. Facebook insists it is taking measures to prevent being used as a channel for hate groups and conspiracy theorists.
The National Rifle Association move comes as many companies and organizations trim employees due to coronavirus-related economic disruption. The organization noted that the outbreak already had resulted in the cancellation of its annual meeting,
A 23-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man, both of Asian descent, were attacked in separate incidents, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the “despicable” incidents would be investigated, adding, “There is zero evidence that people of Asian descent bear any additional responsibility for the transmission of the coronavirus.”