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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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Suspect identified in chair bashing attack on gay couple in Manhattan restaurant

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
New York police say the man pictured here,  El-Amin Bayna, is wanted in connection with the attack on two men in New York on May 5.
New York police say they have identified the suspect in an attack earlier this month inside a Manhattan restaurant in which a same-sex couple was bashed over the head with a wooden chair. [...]

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Attack on transgender man to be prosecuted as hate crime

Friday, May 15, 2015
Paul Wettengel
Paul Wettengel has been charged with third-degree assault and a bias-motivated crime after police said he punched and groped a man who is transgender. [...]

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Gay couple bashed over head with chair in Manhattan restaurant attack

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The beating came after the attacker lobbed several gay slurs at the couple. [...]

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Marshall University football player charged with beating same-sex couple

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Steward Butler was arrested early Wednesday on battery charges alleging that he beat a same-sex couple. [...]

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Suspect with possible white supremacist ties arrested in shooting of gay man

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stancil following his arrest in Florida.
Suspect Kenneth Morgan Stancil III shot his victim on the campus of Wayne Community College on Monday morning. The victim is a gay man and Stancil is suspected of having white supremacist leanings. [...]

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Two teens charged in hate crime attack on gay man in Florida

Monday, April 6, 2015
Dennis (left) and Deandre Florence
Police in Orlando, Fla., said a 32-year-old man who was attacked last month by two teenage brothers and several others was targeted because he's gay. [...]

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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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