Nearly 2,000 hate crimes have been referred to U.S. attorneys since 2009, but just 15 percent have resulted in prosecutions, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. So far, in 2019, just 17 cases—of 99 referrals under the five hate crime statutes on federal books—have been prosecuted.
Under fire for downplaying white supremacist violence and for targeting “black identity extremism,” the FBI now says “racially motivated violent extremism” covers all bases neutrally and signals the bureau’s intent to counter it.
James Fields Jr., a white supremacist who rammed his car into counter-protesters of a Charlottesville, Va., “Unite the Right” rally in 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.
Overall attacks that also include vandalism and harassment remained near record-high levels, reports the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in an annual report released three days after a gunman opened fire at a Southern California synagogue.