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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Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.

Hasidic ‘neighborhood watch’ members indicted in gang assault on gay man

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
NEW YORK — Five men who prosecutors said were members with a Hasidic neighborhood watch group in Brooklyn were indicted on Wednesday in connection with a brutal beating of a gay black man in December. [ Read more → ]
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Woman charged in murder of son’s partner after shooting him in the back

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son's long term partner in the back at a truck stop in McCalla, Ala., on Monday evening. [ Read more → ]
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Fla. man charged with attempting to burn, kill lesbian couple and their eight kids

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida man faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson for allegedly attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their eight children. [ Read more → ]
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South African man murdered after attacker told witnesses he was ‘going to kill a fag’

Monday, March 31, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A 21-year-old man in South Africa has been tortured and brutally murdered in what has been reported as an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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Victims in NYC subway hate crime say no one came to their assistance

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW YORK -- The victims of an alleged anti-gay hate crime on a Manhattan subway platform over the weekend are speaking out, and say they are disappointed that none of the more than 50 people nearby called police or came to their assistance. [ Read more → ]
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Gay couple attacked at NY subway by man shouting ‘Are you faggots?’

Thursday, March 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has issued a sketch of a man accused of an anti-gay hate crime in a Manhattan subway station early Sunday morning. [ Read more → ]
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Austin dentist provides free dental reconstruction for hate crime victim

Thursday, March 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas man who had nine of his teeth knocked out in a violent assault during Austin's gay pride weekend in 2012, is sporting a new smile thanks to the goodwill of an Austin dentist. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender student reports attack, sexual assault at Calif. high school

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. -- A 15-year-old transgender student says he was attacked and sexually assaulted Monday at the same Hercules, Calif., school where another transgender student was involved in a fight four months ago. [ Read more → ]
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Federal prosecutors charge Texas man with hate crime in attack on gay man

Friday, February 21, 2014
DALLAS — Federal prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old North Texas man of a hate crime for an attack that left a gay man hospitalized for 10 days with skull and face fractures. [ Read more → ]
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Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

Friday, February 21, 2014
NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city's history. [ Read more → ]
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Father gets life imprisonment for murdering gay son in Turkey

Monday, February 10, 2014
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- In a landmark Turkish case, a man who murdered his son because he was gay and “shaming” the family, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
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Woman convicted, husband on trial for attack on gay couple walking pink poodle

Saturday, February 1, 2014
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A jury in Oregon has convicted a 23-year-old woman for her role in the attack last year on a gay couple who were walking their pink-dyed pink poodle. [ Read more → ]
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Suspect arrested in brutal beating of NYC gay journalist

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
NEW YORK — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a gay journalist on a New York City street. [ Read more → ]
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NYPD investigating brutal beating of gay journalist as possible bias attack

Sunday, January 26, 2014
NEW YORK — New York City police are investigating the beating of an openly gay journalist last week as a possible bias attack. [ Read more → ]
Massao Uehara, via  FacebookMembers Brazil’s LGBT community held a vigil on Friday to honor the victims of anti-LGBT violence, and call for new hate crimes legislation.

Brazil’s LGBT community holds vigil for murdered gay teen, hate crimes victims

Saturday, January 18, 2014
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Members of Brazil's LGBT community held vigil Friday in honor of a gay Brazilian teen who was tortured and brutally murdered, one of at least five reported murders targeting LGBT people in Brazil over the past week. [ Read more → ]
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Gay man stabbed to death in Belize, family says it’s a ‘hate crime’

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A gay man was stabbed to death and dumped on the side of a street in Belize City early Sunday morning, and family members are calling it a "hate crime." [ Read more → ]
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D.C. man sentenced to 10 years for stabbing transgender woman 40 times

Monday, January 13, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A D.C. man who stabbed a transgender woman 40 times last summer after an argument about sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Store owner charged with filing false report after alleging anti-gay attack

Monday, December 30, 2013
PARIS, Tenn. -- The owner of a health food store in Tennessee, who said last month that he had been robbed and beaten in an anti-gay attack, has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report after he allegedly withheld information about the incident. [ Read more → ]
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Man arrested on Christmas for making death threats toward lesbian sister

Friday, December 27, 2013
PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- A Connecticut man was arrested Christmas day for making death threats toward his lesbian sister because he disapproved of her sexual orientation and feared she might turn his daughter gay. [ Read more → ]
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San Diego man recovering from brutal attack in city’s gay friendly neighborhood

Thursday, December 26, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego gay man said he was attacked by three men yelling anti-gay slurs and wielding a baseball bat just after midnight Monday in the city's historically diverse and gay-friendly Hillcrest neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. man convicted of orchestrating gang rape targeting lesbian victim

Thursday, December 19, 2013
MARTINEZ, Calif. — A 36-year-old Northern California man was convicted Wednesday of orchestrating the gang rape of a woman who was targeted in part because she is a lesbian. [ Read more → ]
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Ga. man sentenced to life in prison for killing Black Gay Pride attendee

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
ATLANTA — A Georgia man convicted in the deaths of two men he robbed and shot in an Atlanta town home has been sentenced to two life prison terms. [ Read more → ]
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Cleveland police official: Murders of transgender women were ‘crimes of hate’

Monday, December 16, 2013
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police official says police believe the recent slayings of two transgender women were motivated by hate. [ Read more → ]
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Police investigating attack on Oregon gay man as possible hate crime

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Police are investigating a possible hate crime attack on a gay man and his friend at the Bagby Hot Springs located in the Mount Hood National Forest, east of Portland. [ Read more → ]
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.

Police investigate alleged anti-gay attack on Brooklyn man by Hasidic Jewish men

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police are investigating the assault on a gay man who alleges he was attacked by a gang of Hasidic Jewish men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking home in Brooklyn. [ Read more → ]
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