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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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Ex-Marshall player pleads not guilty to attacking same-sex couple over public kiss

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Steward Butler
Former Marshall University football player Steward Butler has pleaded not guilty to charges of beating a same-sex couple after seeing them kiss on a Huntington, W.Va. street. ...

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Transgender woman shoved onto subway tracks in suspected hate crime

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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New York City police say the hate crime task force is now investigating the case of a transgender woman who was shoved onto the subway tracks. ...

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Ex-Marshall Univ. football player indicted on charges he punched gay couple

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Steward Butler
A former Marshall University football player has been accused of two felony civil rights violations stemming from his alleged April assault on a gay couple. ...

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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
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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
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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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