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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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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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One man in custody, another on the run in Seattle homicide of two gay men

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Ali Muhammed Brown is wanted in the slayings of two gay men in Seattle.
SEATTLE -- One man is in custody and another suspect is on the run in last weekend's double homicide of two gay men in Seattle's Central District. Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, were fatally shot in the early morning hours on Sunday, June 1. Both victims are believed to have been gay.

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Man convicted in gang rape of lesbian gets 400 year prison sentence

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — A California man who was convicted of orchestrating the 2008 gang rape of a woman who was targeted in part because she is lesbian has been sentenced to more than 400 years in prison.

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Hasidic ‘neighborhood watch’ members indicted in gang assault on gay man

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
NEW YORK — Five men who prosecutors said were members with a Hasidic neighborhood watch group in Brooklyn were indicted on Wednesday in connection with a brutal beating of a gay black man in December.

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Woman charged in murder of son’s partner after shooting him in the back

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son's long term partner in the back at a truck stop in McCalla, Ala., on Monday evening.

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Fla. man charged with attempting to burn, kill lesbian couple and their eight kids

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
Braulio Valenzuela
MIAMI -- A Florida man faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson for allegedly attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their eight children.

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South African man murdered after attacker told witnesses he was ‘going to kill a fag’

| Monday, March 31, 2014
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A 21-year-old man in South Africa has been tortured and brutally murdered in what has been reported as an anti-gay hate crime.

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