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Starting September 1, Attacking Police Will Be a Hate Crime

Starting September 1, police in Texas will have a new layer of legislative protection in the form of an amendment that makes it a hate crime to attack police officers. Texas is one of only a handful of states, including Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi, that have signed this kind of legislation (sometimes referred to as “Blue Lives Matter” laws) into law, though many states have considered it. Supporters of the law cite recent high-profile incidents…
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Hate Crimes in Texas: Proving Intent Is Difficult

Texas law defines a hate crime as a crime that targets or is carried out against a person or group of people because of their status. Hate crimes are often violent in nature and can be based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, economic status, disability and even age. From 2010 to 2015, 981 potential hate crime cases were reported to Texas police. Out of those, only eight convictions were discovered when…
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What Makes an Assault a Hate Crime?

What is a hate crime? Under Texas law, a hate crime is any crime that is motivated by prejudice, hatred or advocacy of violence. Under federal law, hate crimes are crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability. Are Hate Crime Convictions Common? It seems like we hear about hate crimes every day in the news, but actually, it’s fairly rare for a person to be convicted of…
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