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Hate Crimes

In both crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group. Examples of such groups include but are not limited to: race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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Mississippi man says attack on gay man was not a hate crime, victim threatened to out him

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
James Scott is charged in the beating of Devin Norman on March 20 in Corinth, Miss.
A Mississippi man accused of brutally beating a gay man says the attack was not a hate crime, and that the victim had threatened to expose his sexual orientation. [...]

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Mississippi man says parking lot assault was an anti-gay hate crime

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Devin Norman says he was attacked because he is gay.
Police in Corinth, Miss., say James David Scott, 23, of Tishomingo County, confronted the victim, Devin Norman, 26, of Corinth, in a Walmart parking lot on Friday concerning an alleged post made on social media. [...]

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Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for stabbing transgender girl on D.C. train

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Reginald Klaiber
U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. says Reginald Klaiber stabbed the 15-year-old transgender girl last July "solely because of who she is." [...]

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New York man charged in 2013 death of transgender woman

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Islan Nettles
James Dixon was arraigned Tuesday on manslaughter and assault charges in connection with the 2013 fatal beating of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman in Manhattan. [...]

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Confrontation sparked by alleged gay slur leads to hit and run caught on camera

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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An altercation outside a Phoenix record store escalated into a hit and run that was caught on camera, and the victim says the incident all started with a gay slur. [...]

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Man charged in 2013 hate crime murder to represent himself at trial

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Elliot Morales
The former convict accused of fatally shooting a gay man in New York City's West Village in 2013 will represent himself at trial. [...]

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Texas College football player charged with the murder of a transgender woman

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Carlton Ray Champion Jr. (left) and Ty Underwood
Investigators says Carlton Ray Champion Jr., 21, is charged in the death of Ty Underwood, 24, whom police said Champion was briefly involved with in a romantic relationship. [...]

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Homophobic slurs written on woman’s body in Tacoma hate crime attack

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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A woman was choked and stabbed and had homophobic slurs written on her body with a marker in an attack early Sunday in Tacoma. [...]

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Police search for clues in murder of transgender woman in Texas

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ty Underwood
Police in Tyler, Texas are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning. [...]

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Arrest made in March 2014 attack on same-sex couple in Atlanta

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Diego Ernesto Ramirez
An Atlanta man has been arrested in the violent attack on a same-sex couple last March that caused one of the victims to be thrown into oncoming traffic. [...]

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