Sessions says Virginia attack may be a hate crime, but state might take lead
Newsweek - 08/16/2017
Even though the group that the Charlottesville suspect is alleged to have attacked seems to have included people from various demographic groups, federal prosecutors could argue that the suspect believed those people belonged to one group and targeted them because of that perception, according to Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern University’s Institute on Race and Justice and the co-author of several books on hate crimes. “You don’t have to be a member of a particular group to be subject to a hate crime, if you’re perceived to be [from that group],” he says. The fact that the suspect appears to have been open about his white-supremacist beliefs could help with a hate-crime prosecution, McDevitt adds.