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Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
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The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
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It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
The hate crimes stats show more than 6,700 offenses were reported in the U.S. last year. Almost half of the incidents were motivated by race. California, Michigan and New York had the most incidents; Alabama had none.
"Of course, we find that hard to believe," said Michael Hansen with Equality Alabama.
Equality Alabama is an advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community. Hansen believes there have been hate crimes against people based on sexual orientation, but it is under reported.
"For a number of reasons. People may not want to say I was attacked because I was something. Other reasons might include being embarrassed or ashamed," said Hansen.
Paul Daymond with the F.B.I. does believe people in the L.G.B.T. community have a fear of reporting crimes against them. Daymond says the F.B.I. is working with law enforcement agencies to help with those kind of investigations.
"One of the things we try to do in the F.B.I. is educate police departments to be able to identify or at least look for those indications of what may be a hate crime," said Daymond.
Equality Alabama hopes a change in state law to include sexual orientation as a hate crime will give victims more courage to come forward.
"It's very important not just what it does for penalties and stuff like that, it's important to send a message it's not okay to pick on someone, to assault them or whatever because of their sexual orientation," said Hansen.
The law enforcement agencies voluntarily reported their numbers, but only 8 participated in Alabama. Again, those 8 all reported no hate crimes last year. The Birmingham Police Department didn't participate, but also had none reported last year.