Proving Bias Isn’t Always Easy in Colorado…Unless It Is

There are many subtle ways that people express bias every day. That’s why in many Colorado court cases, bias is hard to prove.

It can be as simple as providing someone slower service or choosing to hire someone else for no real reason. However, in some cases, bias is a little more obvious. Take a recent Colorado hate crime, for example.

A white man stabbed a Black man in the neck in a fast food restaurant unprovoked. When asked why [...]

What Makes a Crime a “Hate Crime” In Colorado?

Crimes are committed every day for a variety of reasons, but there is a special category of crimes called hate crimes that are classified as being motivated by specific personal biases and can have serious repercussions for the accused.

In Colorado, there are a couple of hate crimes that have made waves lately. The first was an assault on a Sikh business owner in Jefferson County who was told to “go back to your own country” before being struck by [...]

Colorado’s Hate Crime Statistics Already Had Officials on Edge

As the country seemingly continues to spin out in the wake of a confusing world-wide pandemic in a myriad of ways, Colorado’s recent history with bias-motivated crimes is garnering ever-increasing attention locally.

Late last year, in fact, the Denver Post reported that hate crimes in Colorado had seen a 16 percent uptick, even though the nation as a whole was seeing hate crime numbers decrease.

Now, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the Post has recently highlighted that state lawmakers are seeing [...]

When Law Enforcement Says Your Colorado Assault Was Due to Bias

We can all admit that tensions in our country are high right now. No matter who you voted for or what you look like, it’s hard to turn a blind eye to the rising levels of violence through both large-scale and short-scale incidents.

Unfortunately, Colorado has the numbers to prove that hate crimes and other forms of violence are truly more prevalent than in the past.

Data from Colorado law enforcement shows that reports of hate crimes doubled from 2017 [...]

What to Do If You’re Accused of a Colorado Hate Crime

We are merely days away from Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States. While many claim to be waiting to determine his impact on the country, others believe they can already see it.

One big change that has occurred since his election is a rise in hate crimes both around the nation and right here in Colorado. In the first five days after Trump was elected, the country saw 200 reports of hate crimes or bias-motivated harassment. From [...]