The father and son convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery want their hate crime convictions thrown out.
By Russ Bynum
The three men convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting have been found guilty of federal hate crimes.
South Carolina remains one of only two states without a hate crimes law, and proponents worry that efforts in the Legislature are stalling to increase penalties for crimes committed against minorities and others victimized by prejudice.
Jury selection is beginning in the federal hate crimes trial of the three men already convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery.
Columbia mayoral candidate Daniel Rickenmann held a press conference in Five Points this morning. He discussed the latest FBI crime report, and introduced his five point plan for public safety in the city.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, FBI hate crimes data shows a 93% increase in crimes based on factors such as race, religion and sexual orientation.
Due to the recent trends of the COVID-19 pandemic, FBI Columbia cancelled its upcoming Hate Crimes Symposiums.
The FBI Columbia field office is hosting a public Civil Rights & Hate Crimes Symposium later this month.
Across the country, the FBI director says hate crimes are increasing this year. While there is a push for change, some lawmakers say it’s not enough.
South Carolina’s effort to become the next-to-last state to pass a hate crimes law has survived a challenge from some Republican senators. The senators had questioned whether it is necessary to add penalties to violent crimes based on someone’s motives.