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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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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
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
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
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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Friends suspect Kansas City man was killed because he was gay

Monday, December 8, 2014
Dionte Greene was many things. Son. Brother. Father to twin daughters. Long-standing member of Kansas City’s Marching Cobras. He was also gay. ...

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Toledo city council expands hate crimes ordinance to include gender identity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Toledo, Ohio
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo city council on Tuesday voted unanimously to strengthen the city’s hate crime statute to protect transgender individuals. The Toledo Blade reports the council voted 12-0 to add gender identity to the city ordinance in ...

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N.Y. court says state can seek new indictment in overturned hate crime case

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's highest court on Monday said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they ...

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Texas man sentenced to 15 years in brutal attack on gay man he met online

Monday, November 17, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A federal judge has sentenced a North Texas man to more than 15 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service. ...

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