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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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Pa. lawmaker comes out as gay amid push for LGBT hate crimes law

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jim Ferlo
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker announced Tuesday that he is gay amid a push by legislators to advance a hate crime bill that includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. At a news conference to promote the legislation, State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh), who [...]

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Philadelphia police chief recommends charges in attack on same-sex couple

Monday, September 22, 2014
A group of about a dozen young adults are alleged to have attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014.
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey believes that at least some people should be charged in a high-profile altercation that left two gay men injured. Detectives were presenting their findings Monday to prosecutors, Ramsey told The Philadelphia Inquirer. District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to make the final ... [...]

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Pa. lawmaker renews push for LGBT hate crime law in wake of Philly attack

Monday, September 22, 2014
Brendan Boyle
PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania lawmaker is renewing his efforts to pass an LGBT-inclusive hate crime law in the wake of a brutal attack on a same-sex couple earlier this month. State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) tells Philly.com he plans to push to get his bill passed as early as Tuesday... [...]

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Catholic school says coach tied to Philly beating of gay couple has ‘resigned’

Thursday, September 18, 2014
A group of about a dozen young adults are alleged to have attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014.
PHILADELPHIA -- An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and [...]

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Internet sleuths identify possible suspects in Philly gay bashing incident

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Internet sleuths appear to have identified many of the suspects wanted in connection with a brutal attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia last week, and the alleged attackers are making arrangements to surrender to police for questioning. The Philadelphia police department on Tuesday released surveillance video of the large [...]

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Photographer blinded by gasoline in alleged anti-gay hate crime

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tyler Maddick
SWANSEA, Wales -- A freelance photographer has been blinded in one eye following an alleged anti-gay hate crime late last week in which his attackers threw gasoline in his face. Tyler Maddick, 20, says he was targeted by three or four men in a car as he walked home in [...]

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Friends, witnesses say Philadelphia attack on gay couple was a hate crime

Monday, September 15, 2014
Caryn Kunkle posted this image on Facebook of injuries one of her friends sustained in an attack in Philadelphia last week.
PHILADELPHIA — Police in Philadelphia continue to investigate a brutal attack on a same-sex couple that left the victims with shattered cheek bones and other facial injuries. Friends and witnesses said there is no question the men were targeted because they are gay. [...]

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Calif. man pleads not guilty to murder, hate crime of bisexual co-worker

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Miguel Angel Bautista Ramirez (left) is charged in the murder of Juan Ceballos (right).
MECCA, Calif. -- A California man has pleaded not guilty in the murder of a bisexual co-worker who police say was gunned down outside his home because of his sexual orientation. Miguel Angel Bautista Ramirez, 25, is charged in the July 13 murder of Juan Ceballos, 20, in Mecca, Calif. [...]

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Man charged with stabbing transgender girl on D.C. Metro train

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Reginald Klaiber
WASHINGTON -- A man has been charged with stabbing a transgender girl on a D.C. Metro train. WTOP reports the Metro Transit police say 24-year-old Reginald Klaiber has been charged with stabbing a 15-year-old on a southbound Green Line train as it approached the Fort Totten station at around 4:30 [...]

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

Monday, July 21, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
SEATTLE -- The suspect in the murder of two gay men in Seattle last month has been arrested in New Jersey, according to Seattle police. Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, was taken into custody in West Orange, N.J. on Friday. No additional details about the arrest have been provided. Earlier this [...]

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