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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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Ga. man sentenced to life in prison for killing Black Gay Pride attendee

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Derrick Burden
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. [...]

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Cleveland police official: Murders of transgender women were ‘crimes of hate’

Monday, December 16, 2013
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CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police official says police believe the recent slayings of two transgender women were motivated by hate. [...]

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Police investigating attack on Oregon gay man as possible hate crime

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mik Holland
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. [...]

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
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. [...]

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Advocacy group says deaths of two Ohio transgender women were ‘hate crimes’

Monday, December 9, 2013
Brittany Stergis
Ohio's LGBT community is mourning the deaths of two transgender women in Cleveland last week, and officials of a statewide LGBT advocacy group are calling the deaths hate crimes. [...]

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Spike in hate crimes prompts N.Y. comptroller to audit reporting

Saturday, December 7, 2013
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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York comptroller's office announced Friday that it will audit hate crime reporting statewide after a legislator earlier this year cited an apparent spike in such crimes. [...]

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Peru gay teen murdered, dismembered, burned in brutal hate crime

Friday, December 6, 2013
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LIMA, Peru -- A 19-year-old gay was tortured and brutally murdered in Peru, according to local reports that surfaced earlier this week. [...]

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Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims

Friday, December 6, 2013
Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar
NEW YORK -- A New York attorney on Thursday said the life of a murdered transgender woman wasn’t worth the same punishment as if his client had killed someone “in the higher end of the community.” [...]

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Lesbian victim testifies in trial of man accused in alleged 2008 gang rape

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — Five years after a Northern California woman said she was gang-raped while her attackers taunted her for being a lesbian, the trial of one of the four men charged in the assault has gotten underway in a Contra Costa County courtroom where the 33-year-old victim is testifying. [...]

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Attackers beat store owner, write ‘fag’ on his forehead in alleged hate crime

Saturday, November 23, 2013
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PARIS, Tenn -- The owner of a health food store in Tennessee was beaten unconscious Wednesday evening by three men who used anti-gay slurs before robbing him and writing "fag" across his forehead. [...]

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