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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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Suspect in ‘execution-style’ murders of two Seattle gay men may be in N.J.

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
SEATTLE — Prosecutors in King County, Wash., have filed aggravated murder charges against a transient accused of the June 1 execution-style shooting deaths of two young Seattle men shortly after they left a gay nightclub. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says police are working with law enforcement in New Jersey, where 29-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown...

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Suspect in murder of Ohio transgender woman turns himself in

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Quamar Edwards
CINCINNATI – A man suspected of the murder of a transgender woman turned himself in to Cincinnati police on Wednesday. Quamar Edwards was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old Tiffany Edwards, 28, whose body was discovered by a sanitation worker on a Cincinnati street last week.

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Police say anti-gay hate crime occurred during San Francisco pride event

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police say an attack on two women during LGBT pride festivities in San Francisco was a hate crime. The women were walking to a transit station on Saturday evening when they were approached by five men in the South of Market neighborhood. Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday at least one of the men shouted slurs ...

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Body of transgender woman found burned, dumped behind garbage bin

| Monday, June 23, 2014
Yaz’min Shancez
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- More than 200 people attended a vigil Sunday to honor a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin in Fort Myers, Fla., last week. The bloody and charred body of 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez was discovered on a dead-end road behind a truck rental facility shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 19.

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Teen charged in attack on gay man at Detroit LGBT pride event

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
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DETROIT -- A 16-year-old teen has been charged with assault, two weeks after a young gay man was attacked during a gay pride celebration in Detroit. The boy, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, appeared Saturday appeared Saturday in Wayne County Juvenile Court.

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Texas man admits abducting, severely beating gay man he met online

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Brice Johnson
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A North Texas man has pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge, admitting that he abducted and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service.

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Brooklyn gay man sues 5 Hasidic men, Shomrim patrol over beating

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
NEW YORK — A gay man who was attacked and brutally beaten last December by a group of Hasidic men in Brooklyn filed a lawsuit Monday against the five men indicted in the attack and the Shomrim security patrol of which at least two of the assailants were members.

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Maryland man sentenced for assaulting transgender woman in D.C. store

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A man who pleaded guilty to pistol-whipping a transgender woman in a convenience store in Washington has been sentenced to 28 months in prison. Thirty-six-year-old Michael Phillips of Fairmount Heights, Maryland, was sentenced Monday in Superior Court in the District.

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Gay man sprayed with ammonia outside London club, may never see again

| Monday, June 9, 2014
Police are looking for these three suspects in connection with a chemical attack outside a London gay club on June 8, 2014.
A London man may never see again following an anti-gay attack outside a London club on Sunday. London police are seeking a man and two East European women in connection with a chemical attack on three men in the Vauxhall area, London’s gay district, early on Sunday.

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Cleveland man charged in fatal shooting of transgender woman

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
Brittany Stergis (left) and Delshawn Carroll
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police have charged a Cleveland man with murder in connection with the fatal December shooting of a 22-year-old transgender woman. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was charged with one count of aggravated murder for shooting and killing Brittany Stergis Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.

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