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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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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 Swansea on Sept. 11, reports the BBC.

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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. The two men worked at a local Pizza Hut.

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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 Wednesday afternoon in the District of Columbia.

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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 month, prosecutors in King County, Wash., filed aggravated murder charges ...

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N.M. mom charged with abuse, hate crime attack on lesbian daughter

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Magdo Haro
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sheriff's deputies in Doña Ana County, N.M., have arrested the mother of a 17-year-old girl on charges of physical and sexual abuse in reaction to learning of her daughter's sexual orientation. Sheriff’s officials have enhanced the charges because they say the incident qualifies as a hate crime.

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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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