HOTTOPIC: Hate crime violence in US hit 16-year high in 2018: FBI

The annual report found that the number of victims in anti-Latino or Hispanic hate crimes increased more than 21 percent. Violence resulting from bias or prejudice in the United States reached a 16-year high last year, the FBI said on Tuesday, with the number of victims in anti-Latino or Hispanic hate crimes rising more than 21 percent. The data coincides with an ongoing debate over President Donald Trump‘s hardline immigration policies and follows the August 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, when the suspected gunman told…

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Prosecutors charge man with hate crime in acid attack

Authorities say a white Wisconsin man asked a Hispanic man, ‘why did you invade my country?’ and threw acid on his face. A 61-year-old white man accused of throwing acid on a Hispanic man’s face in the state of Wisconsin will be charged with a hate crime, increasing the possible sentence he may receive if convicted, prosecutors announced on Wednesday. Prosecutors filed one charge against Clifton Blackwell – first-degree reckless injury – but added the sentencing enhancers of hate crime and use of a dangerous weapon. The two enhancers could…

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Pre-Crime: Has Minority Report-style Policing Become a Reality?

Police are using technology and data to predict behaviour and prevent crime – but are innocent people being targeted? What if you could predict a crime before it happens? It’s the stuff of science fiction – the film Minority Report, set in the year 2054, imagines police officers that arrest individuals for crimes not yet committed. Their fictional department is called “Pre-Crime”. And it might quickly be becoming a reality. Police in the United States and the United Kingdom are using mathematical algorithms, which rely on data collected from social media, surveillance…

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