Racial Brutality — or Police Brutality?

Often when a bias crime case goes to trial, the prosecution needs only to convince a judge or jury that a defendant’s actions were motivated by ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or race. But sometimes, as in this case that ended Jan. 25, it becomes much more complicated.

Police response key to fighting hate crimes

Crimes motivated by race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation may be going underreported because beat officers have little training in recognizing these types of bias crimes. And recent charges of police brutality have inflamed another problem: Some victims of bias crimes, especially minorities, may not report such attacks for fear of being victimized again — this time by police.