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Hate crimes bill defeat remains the big disappointment of 2018 session

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session, members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus see the apparent defeat of bias crimes legislation as one of the biggest setbacks so far. “I think probably a lot of people in the state of Indiana are disappointed that the bias […]

Commentary: Bias crimes: hopefully, taking this step first turns out to be enough

Commentary: Bias crimes: hopefully, taking this step first turns out to be enough

By Michael Leppert michaelleppert.com Fort Wayne’s La’Kysha Gardner testified before a Senate Committee at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday morning. She had a compelling story to tell about an assault on her son, Jason, and what appears to be an under-reaction to it by Allen Superior Court. Gardner explained to the Senate Corrections and Criminal […]

Commentary: Biased against waiting for bias legislation

Commentary: Biased against waiting for bias legislation

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com A horrible thing happened in Chicago last week. Many of us saw the video of four young African American people terrorizing a young, white and disabled man. We saw it because these criminals broadcasted it on Facebook Live in real time. They were texting the victim’s family during the assault. It […]