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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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Ohio man indicted on six counts in robbery, murder of transgender woman

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Quamar Edwards
CINCINNATI – A grand jury in Ohio on Wednesday handed down a six-count indictment on an Ohio man who police say fatally shot a transgender woman last month. Quamar Edwards, 25, was indicted on one count each of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, murder, felonious assault, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence ...

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Police investigating second alleged hate crime during San Francisco pride

Thursday, July 3, 2014
San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police are investigating a second hate crime during the city's Gay Pride festivities. Police spokesman Albie Esparza says a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and her husband were attacked Saturday night by a group of four people who yelled anti-gay slurs.

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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
Michigan
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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