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Hate Crimes

Aug. 14 2020

What Happens When IL Assault and Battery Is Labeled a Hate Crime?

What Happens When IL Assault and Battery Is Labeled a Hate Crime?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Tensions have been high nationwide this summer. Protests for racial equality have been widespread, especially in Illinois. As a result, more people are aware of race in their day-to-day lives - and the result is not always positive. Recently in Oak Park, Illinois, a man was charged with a [...]
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Jul. 17 2020

Criminal Mischief Becomes a Hate Crime for Illinois Man

Criminal Mischief Becomes a Hate Crime for Illinois Man
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Race relations have come to the forefront of the American consciousness with the current wave of protests. As a result, hate crimes are coming to the forefront of the news cycle. Many people are discovering that “hate crime” is a broader term than they had previously understood. That’s [...]
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Jun. 5 2020

IL Race-Motivated Assaults Go from Misdemeanor to Felony Charges Quick

IL Race-Motivated Assaults Go from Misdemeanor to Felony Charges Quick
Posted By: Sami Azhari
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Stress can bring out the worst in all of us. Sometimes, people find themselves taking out their fears and worries on others. Unfortunately, it is the Asian population of Chicago that seems to have become a target in the months since COVID-19 became a global problem. Race-motivated crimes [...]
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Mar. 6 2019

How the Smollet Case Went from Hate Crime to Disorderly Conduct

How the Smollet Case Went from Hate Crime to Disorderly Conduct
Posted By: Sami Azhari

The Jussie Smollet case has been the top story on every news outlet for quite a while now. What first appeared to be a hate crime against the Empire actor has now turned into a bizarre string of incidents that is angering people of color and LGBT communities across America. What has happened [...]
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Aug. 2 2017

Will Raising Profile of Chicago-area Hate Crimes Increase Charges?

Posted By: Sami Azhari
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Anger and frustration can lead to people doing all kinds of things. Sometimes, these “things” include violent and discriminatory acts against others. Sometimes, someone may commit a criminal act against another and people simply assume that it was because of a particular group the person [...]
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