hate crimes

August 6, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Wednesday’s Community Forum Explores Lynchings in Montgomery County

Film Screenings and Discussion Explore Lynchings in Montgomery County Two films will be screened during a community forum titled “Remembering the Past to Protect the Future” Wednesday evening in Silver Spring. The films include “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer,” a documentary by Robin Hamilton of ARound Robin Productions and […]

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April 2, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

International Transgender Day of Visibility Recognized in Montgomery County

Councilmember Evan Glass presented a proclamation to recognize International Transgender Day of Visibility at Tuesday’s council meeting. For the past 10 years, Transgender Day of Visibility has been recognized nationally on March 31, but this is the first time it’s been officially recognized in the county. Glass said this proclamation was especially important to him, […]

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March 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Student Discovers Swastika in Bathroom at Bannockburn Elementary School

Kate Bradley, the principal of Bannockburn Elementary School in Bethesda, emailed parents Wednesday about a swastika and curse word found drawn inside a boys bathroom stall. According to Bradley, the “a 5th grade patrol” officer discovered the expletive and antisemitic symbol Tuesday in the bathroom located in Green Hallway, which is primarily for 4th and 5th-grade […]

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February 26, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Superintendent Says Schools Are Not ‘Desensitized’ to Hate

Jack Smith, the superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools, addressed the recent acts of hate that have occurred in the high schools. Since December, there have been four known instances of hate at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. Richard Montgomery’s principal confirmed that in January, the school […]

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January 22, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Richard Montgomery High School Confirms Two Hate Crimes in One Month

Richard Montgomery High School emailed parents this weekend about two hate crimes that occured on school grounds over the course of a month. The most recent incident involved a swastika that was spray painted in orange on “the side of a school building facing the stadium.” In the letter sent to families, Kiera Butler, Richard […]

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December 10, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Approves $200,000 Grant For Faith-Based Communities Targeted By Hate Crimes

Montgomery County has approved $200,000 for the Faith-based Facilities Security Operating Grant. The grant aims to cover security costs for faith-based communities―such as churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.―experiencing hate crimes. The county has officially opened the application for faith communities to apply for a grant of up to $20,000. Not only does the grant cover the cost […]

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November 14, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

FBI Reports Shows Increase in Hate Crimes for Third Year in a Row

New data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program revealed that hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year. According to the data, a total of 7,175 hate crimes were reported to the more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies that participated in the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics Program compared with 6,121 […]

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October 8, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

The Number of Hate Crimes Increased, According to Maryland State Police

Officers from the Maryland State Police said the number of hate crimes reported increased in 2017 compared to the number of incidents reported in 2016. According to a report from The Capital Gazette, police said 398 hate-related incidents were reported in 2017, an increase of 103 compared to 2016. The increase in incidents happened in […]

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February 15, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Police Pledges To Release Hate Crime Data

Montgomery County police is one of 26 police forces across the country that has accepted a challenge from the Police Foundation for releasing hate crime information. The information is available through the website the county operates to release data, datamontgomery. It can be viewed here. The data show six incidents so far in 2018 and […]

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November 13, 2017 | Staff Writer

FBI Report Shows Hate Crimes Increased by 5.2 Percent in 2016

The latest report by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program shows that hate crimes across the country increased by 5.2 percent in 2016. The report, released early Monday, revealed that the 6,121 criminal incidents reported by law enforcement agencies were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and more. The number of […]

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