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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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Texas gay man left beaten and bloody after planned meeting using mobile app

Monday, September 23, 2013
Arron Keahey
SPRINGTOWN, Texas -- Police in this small Texas town northwest of Fort Worth are investigating a possible hate crime in the brutal attack on a gay man after he arranged to meet another man using a mobile app called MeetMe. [...]

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Cleveland teen will not face hate crime charge in attack on gay bar patron

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Jared Fox
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A 16-year-old male teen arrested Tuesday in connection with an attack on a gay man outside a popular Cleveland gay bar over the Labor Day weekend will not face a hate crime charge. [...]

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NYPD makes arrest in Chelsea hate crime attack on two gay men

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
WABCMichael Felenchak (left) and Peter Nortman after the attack.
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a bias attack on a gay couple leaving a movie theater last month. [...]

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Man charged with murder in anti-gay hate crime in Queens

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NYPD Homicide 115 Precinct, NY PostSteven Torres arrested by NYPD officers.
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has charged a 22-year-old man with an anti-gay hate crime in the stabbing death of a man found under an elevated subway line in Queens. [...]

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UPDATE: Suspect in alleged hate crime against Denver gay man turns himself in

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tilo Sandoval
Denver Police said via Twitter just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening that Tilo Sandoval, identified as the suspect in last week's brutal beating of a gay man, had turned himself in to police. [...]

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Cleveland police arrest 13-year-old in alleged hate crime at gay bar

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Cocktails bar, Cleveland, Ohio.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police in Cleveland, Ohio, have arrested a 13-year-old teen in connection with a second possible hate crime in less than a week at a local gay bar. [...]

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Denver man needs reconstructive surgery following alleged anti-gay attack

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Jared Olson before and after he was badly beaten on Sept. 2.
DENVER -- Police in Denver are investigating an assault on a gay man over the holiday weekend in what the victim said was an anti-gay hate crime. [...]

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N.Y. man attacked in anti-gay hate crime while visiting family in Cleveland

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Jared Fox
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A New York man visiting family in Ohio was attacked late Saturday night outside a popular Cleveland gay bar in what police are calling an anti-gay hate crime. [...]

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South Africa to consider legislation to criminalize anti-LGBT hate crimes

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
South-Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa is planning to introduce hate crime legislation, which would include laws to prosecute physical and verbal attacks on foreigners and LGBT people. [...]

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Mother could face hate crime charges for attempting to ‘beat the gay’ out of son

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Mary Gowans
WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- A woman in North Carolina is accused of child abuse and could face hate crime charges after she allegedly instructed her son to "beat the gay away" from his brother. [...]

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