One of three men convicted for the murder in 1998 of James Byrd Jr, one of modern America’s worst hate crimes, has been executed in Texas. Byrd, a black man, was beaten, chained to a truck and dragged for miles by three white men. His murder prompted Congress to pass hate crime legislation in 2009. John William King, 44, an avowed white supremacist, is the second man to be executed over the killing. He had filed multiple appeals in the case. On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole voted unanimously to deny King a commutation or a 120-day reprieve.
A Kansas man who has been accused of opening fire on two Indian immigrants in February has been indicted on federal hate crime charges. After the attacker, Adam W. Purinton was removed from a bar after complaints of ethnic slurs aimed at the Indian patrons, he soon returned to the bar with a semi-automatic pistol and shot at the two men, injuring one and killing the other. If convicted of these charges, Purinton may face the death penalty.
On Saturday, a mosque in Minnesota was hit with an explosive during morning prayers. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said the attack was a “wretched” hate crime and act of terrorism. There were no casualties at the scene and an F.B.I. official said it was an “improvised explosive device” that was detonated. The F.B.I. has not issued a statement on any possible suspects and neither the F.B.I. or Police Department commented on a motive for the crime.
53-year-old Ricky John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, were killed on a train while trying to defend two Muslim women from a man who began “ranting and raving” Islamophobia on Friday. The two men tried to protect the women and tried to calm the ranting passenger down, but “they were attacked viciously by the suspect” when they did. Based on witnesses’ statements, officers on Friday were able to locate and arrest the suspect, who had fled the train on foot. On Monday, on the official @POTUS twitter account, President Trump recognized the two victims for ‘standing up to hate and intolerance’.