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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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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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Confrontation sparked by alleged gay slur leads to hit and run caught on camera

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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An altercation outside a Phoenix record store escalated into a hit and run that was caught on camera, and the victim says the incident all started with a gay slur. [...]

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Man charged in 2013 hate crime murder to represent himself at trial

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Elliot Morales
The former convict accused of fatally shooting a gay man in New York City's West Village in 2013 will represent himself at trial. [...]

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Texas College football player charged with the murder of a transgender woman

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Carlton Ray Champion Jr. (left) and Ty Underwood
Investigators says Carlton Ray Champion Jr., 21, is charged in the death of Ty Underwood, 24, whom police said Champion was briefly involved with in a romantic relationship. [...]

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Homophobic slurs written on woman’s body in Tacoma hate crime attack

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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A woman was choked and stabbed and had homophobic slurs written on her body with a marker in an attack early Sunday in Tacoma. [...]

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Police search for clues in murder of transgender woman in Texas

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ty Underwood
Police in Tyler, Texas are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning. [...]

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Arrest made in March 2014 attack on same-sex couple in Atlanta

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Diego Ernesto Ramirez
An Atlanta man has been arrested in the violent attack on a same-sex couple last March that caused one of the victims to be thrown into oncoming traffic. [...]

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Nebraska woman convicted in hate crime hoax a no-show for jail

Friday, January 16, 2015
Charlie Rogers
Charlie Rogers is a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln basketball player who was convicted of lying to police about being attacked by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin. [...]

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Sexual orientation, gender identity won’t be added to Virginia hate crimes law

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
A GOP-controlled Senate committee killed the bill which would have added sexual orientation and gender identification to an existing state law requiring that hate crimes be reported to the State Police. [...]

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Man pleads guilty to hate crime charge in stabbing of transgender girl on D.C. train

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Reginald Klaiber
Reginald Klaiber, 25, of Greenbelt, Md., pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon with a hate crime enhancement Friday in Superior Court in Washington. [...]

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