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

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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
David Olyn
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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Victims in NYC subway hate crime say no one came to their assistance

| Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW YORK -- The victims of an alleged anti-gay hate crime on a Manhattan subway platform over the weekend are speaking out, and say they are disappointed that none of the more than 50 people nearby called police or came to their assistance.

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Gay couple attacked at NY subway by man shouting ‘Are you faggots?’

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has issued a sketch of a man accused of an anti-gay hate crime in a Manhattan subway station early Sunday morning.

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Austin dentist provides free dental reconstruction for hate crime victim

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas man who had nine of his teeth knocked out in a violent assault during Austin's gay pride weekend in 2012, is sporting a new smile thanks to the goodwill of an Austin dentist.

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Transgender student reports attack, sexual assault at Calif. high school

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. -- A 15-year-old transgender student says he was attacked and sexually assaulted Monday at the same Hercules, Calif., school where another transgender student was involved in a fight four months ago.

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Federal prosecutors charge Texas man with hate crime in attack on gay man

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Arron Keahey
DALLAS — Federal prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old North Texas man of a hate crime for an attack that left a gay man hospitalized for 10 days with skull and face fractures.

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Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Idelfonso Mendez
NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city's history.

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Father gets life imprisonment for murdering gay son in Turkey

| Monday, February 10, 2014
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- In a landmark Turkish case, a man who murdered his son because he was gay and “shaming” the family, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison.

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