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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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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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Victim in unsolved, anti-gay hate crime comes forward, criticizes lack of arrests

Friday, January 2, 2015
Bryan Long
One of two victims of a violent anti-gay hate crime that occurred in Midtown Atlanta in March 2014 has come forward, and is speaking out because police have made no arrests in the case. [...]

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Utah prosecutors weighing hate crime charges in beating of two gay men

Friday, January 2, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he takes seriously allegations that the two men were attacked because of their sexual orientation, and is reviewing the assault case. [...]

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Teen arrested in October slaying of transgender woman in East Hollywood

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Aniya Parker
Two additional people are sought in connection with the Oct. 2 killing of Aniya Parker, 47, who was slain in what police described as a “robbery gone bad.” [...]

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Disturbing video shows anti-gay hate crime in heart of Midtown Atlanta

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Atlanta
New video of a violent hate crime in Atlanta last year shows an unknown suspect allegedly yelling homophobic slurs at a gay couple before assaulting one of the men, sending him into oncoming traffic. [...]

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No prison time for Army veteran who attacked gay men at Austin pride

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Lambert Borgardt
Lambert Borgardt was sentenced to 10 years probation and 200 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to assault charges. [...]

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Alleged Philadelphia gay bashers to face trial for aggravated assault, conspiracy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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A Philadelphia judge has ordered three young adults to stand trial for an alleged attack on a gay couple in September that left one of the men with a broken jaw. [...]

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FBI: 20 percent of 2013 hate crimes were motivated by sexual orientation bias

Monday, December 8, 2014
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The FBI has released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, revealing that more than 20 percent of hate crime offenses in 2013 were due to bias based on sexual orientation. [...]

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