News Roundup for August 15, 2011

Police in West Allis, Wis., have announced that they will pursue hate crime charges against at least one teen for the recent rash of flash mob attacks at the Wisconsin State Fair. One suspect told police that he picked out white people because they were “easy targets.”

A Santa Barbara, Calif., man was attacked by a white supremacist wielding a long pair of scissors, according to the victim’s friend. The friend told police the victim, an African-American man, was stabbed in the neck and face by a man with white supremacist tattoos who began harassing them as they walked down the street.

A Michigan lawmaker is pushing legislation to ban the use of “foreign laws” in U.S. courts. Activists claim it’s a thinly veiled attack on Shariah, or Muslim religious, law. If enacted, Michigan would be the third state to implement such a prohibition.

Police in Pasadena, Calif., are searching for suspects who have spread offensive graffiti throughout the city. The graffiti has included racist slurs, homophobic slurs, and swastikas, which have been plastered across residential and commercial buildings, as well as city buildings.