Hate crimes appear to be more violent, fatal, CSUSB professor says

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Newsweek — The article suggests that the April 18 mass shooting in Fresno, classified by authorities as a hate crime, highlights a disturbing spate of hate crime fatalities.

And there is set to be a further increase recorded for 2016, according to preliminary data collected by the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, and provided to Newsweek on April 19. That would be the first back-to-back increase since 2004. In California, the same trend is expected to be found, which would be the first time in the state in 20 years.

Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and a criminal justice professor at CSUSB, told Newsweek that “there are segments of the hate crime picture that appear to be getting more violent.

“What we’re seeing is an increase in the very small number of hate homicides relative to how many hate crimes there are,” he said. “But within that small crucible of homicides, the multi-fatality extremist is becoming a significant player in the world of hate homicides, more so than they ever have.”

Tuesday’s shooting in Fresno, California, that left three white men dead at the hands of a black man who called himself “Black Jesus” and wrote of “white devils” highlighted a growing and disturbing trend—hate crimes that lead to multiple fatalities.

The article was published April 19, 2017.

Read the complete article at “Fresno shooting highlights a disturbing spate of hate crime fatalities.”

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