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H.R. 6086 (115th): To amend section 249 of title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a hate crime act.

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 13, 2018 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Lynching is extrajudicial murder usually committed by a group of people or a mob, consisting of hanging somebody by a noose or beating someone to death. It’s considered among the most gruesome ways to murder someone. Lynching is primarily associated with whites committing the act against black people in the post-Civil War south.

More than 4,000 black people were lynched between 1877 and 1950. The white perpetrators, if they faced criminal charges at all, were usually acquitted.

What the bill does

The Senate’s three African-American senators, across both parties, have joined together with House colleagues to introduce the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act [S. 3178 and H.R. 6086 …



2d Session

H. R. 6086


June 13, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Ms. Maxine Waters of California, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Clay, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Bass, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Mr. Payne, Mr. Jeffries, Ms. Adams, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Moore, Ms. Norton, Ms. Lee, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Meeks, Mrs. Demings, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Brown of Maryland, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Evans, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Richmond, Mr. Cleaver, Mrs. Lawrence, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Ms. Fudge, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, and Mr. Carson of Indiana) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend section 249 of title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a hate crime act.


Specifying lynching as a hate crime act

Section 249 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph 3 the following:


Offenses involving lynching

Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully, acting as part of any collection of people, assembled for the purpose and with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person, causes death to any person, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined under this title, or both.