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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LAPD announce arrest in brutal attack on transgender woman

| Saturday, June 22, 2013
From family videoVivian Diego, following the May 31 attack.
LOS ANGELES -- One of four alleged attackers in a brutal beating of a transgender woman in Hollywood last month has been arrested and is custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Four sentenced to prison in kidnapping, attack on gay man in Ky.

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
LONDON, Ky. — Four people from eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the kidnapping and attack of a gay man.

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Man pleads not guilty in New York City hate crime shooting

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.
NEW YORK — A man accused of fatally shooting a gay man walking with a companion in New York City’s Greenwich Village afterward claimed that he opened fire because the victim “thought he was tough in front of his bitch,” prosecutors said in court papers Tuesday.

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Three gay men attacked in separate incidents in Columbus over past four days

| Monday, June 10, 2013
WCPO-TVChris Ashcraft
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three gay men have been attacked in Columbus over the last four days, and LGBT advocates are warning people to be extra cautious in a month that celebrates pride and openness.

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Beating victim’s family members say attack was a hate crime

| Monday, June 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A 22-year-old transgender, gay man suffered fractured ribs, a shattered cheekbone, and a broken jaw in an attack on Thursday night police are investigating as a hate crime, reported KCBS-TV.

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NYC LGBT Caucus to offer self-defense classes in response to anti-gay attacks

| Monday, June 3, 2013
NEW YORK — New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the council's LGBT Caucus will host free self-defense classes following a recent spate of hate crimes.

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Two more anti-gay hate crimes reported in New York City this week

| Saturday, June 1, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police in New York City have arrested five men — ranging in age from 16 to 21 — in the latest in a series of attacks on gay men in the city.

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Tampa teen faces hate crime charges in attack on transgender woman

| Friday, May 31, 2013
Tavares Spencer
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida teen has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly robbing, then shooting a 22-year-old transgender woman in April.

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Gay rights activist latest victim in wave of attacks on gay men in NYC

| Sunday, May 26, 2013
Eugene Lovendusky
NEW YORK -- A gay rights activist is the latest victim in a recent spate of attacks on gay men in New York City.

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Attorney implies suspect’s child sexual abuse was a factor NYC killing

| Thursday, May 23, 2013
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.
NEW YORK -- The attorney for the man accused in the murder of a gay man in New York's Greenwich Village on Saturday says his client is not guilty, and implied that his anti-gay bias is the result of being sexually abused as a child.

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