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US Georgia has not charged a teen with hate crime for allegedly plotting to attack a black church

09:25  22 november  2019
09:25  22 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The teen allegedly targeted the church because of the race of church members; students told of Police say a 16-year-old white girl was motivated by racism when she allegedly plotted to attack a The teen was taken into custody and her parents were notified. She is charged as a juvenile with

The plot alarmed the church , rekindling unwelcome memories of the 2015 massacre at a sister The student, who was not identified by the authorities, was charged with criminal intent to commit Law enforcement officials have said they believe that the Charleston attack , which rattled the nation, has

A white teen who allegedly plotted to attack a historically black church in Georgia with knives is facing a charge of criminal attempt to commit murder, and has not been charged with a hate crime, officials say.

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The 16-year-old is a high school student in Gainesville and had planned the attack at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church for several weeks, police said. She researched black places of worship online and visited the church this month, but no one was there at the time.

"She is a racist," Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said, adding he wouldn't make the statement without substantial evidence.

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A white teenage girl was arrested in Georgia on Tuesday for allegedly plotting to kill church members at a predominantly Black Georgia also does not have hate crimes written into law. Bishop Reginald Jackson, head of the Authorities said the teenage girl in Georgia allegedly idolized roof.

The unidentified student allegedly had a notebook with plans to murder parishioners at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church , which has a predominantly black congregation, according to a "She cannot be charged with a hate crime because Georgia does not have a hate crimes law."

While police have not released much detail on the alleged plot, Bishop Reginald Jackson of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church told local media that a Georgia law may be the reason she is facing the charge of criminal attempt to commit murder.

"It ought to bother us in the state of Georgia, this young girl, this young woman cannot be charged with a hate crime," he said. "She cannot be charged with a hate crime because Georgia does not have a hate crimes law."

Georgia is one of four states, including Arkansas, Wyoming and South Carolina, that do not have hate crimes laws. But even without the laws, such states can report hate crimes to the FBI, the Justice Department said.

In South Carolina, white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine people at a black church in Charleston four years ago. He was charged with hate crimes in federal court, but not in state court because South Carolina does not have a hate crimes law on state level.

Georgia teenager arrested in alleged plot to attack a historically black church

  Georgia teenager arrested in alleged plot to attack a historically black church A 16-year-old white high school student is in custody after her plan to attack an historically black church in Gainesville, Georgia, with knives was foiled, police said Tuesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Gainesville High School student had been planning the attack at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church for several weeks, police said.

Police in northern Georgia said Tuesday that they arrested a white teenager who was plotting to kill parishioners at a mostly black church , thwarting an alleged racist attack that highlighted a growing threat of Georgia is one of four states that do not have official hate crime laws on their books

The alleged plot comes amid a long history of black churches being bombed, burned and More recently, the white son of a sheriff's deputy was arrested in April and accused of setting fires that The teen allegedly targeted Georgia teens charged in alleged plot to attack high school, police say.

More recently, the son of a sheriff's deputy was accused of burning three black churches in rural Louisiana. Holden Matthews has been charged with hate crimes under a state statute, and has pleaded not guilty to three hate crime counts and arson of a religious building.

"At least 46 states and the District of Columbia have statutes with penalties for bias-motivated crimes," the Justice Department said on its website. It said most states have hate crime statutes enforced by state and local authorities, and they vary widely across jurisdictions.

The Justice Department enforces federal hate crimes laws when a crime occurs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. It began prosecuting federal hate crimes cases after the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

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