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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Beating victim’s family members say attack was a hate crime

Monday, June 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A 22-year-old transgender, gay man suffered fractured ribs, a shattered cheekbone, and a broken jaw in an attack on Thursday night police are investigating as a hate crime, reported KCBS-TV. [ Read more → ]

NYC LGBT Caucus to offer self-defense classes in response to anti-gay attacks

Monday, June 3, 2013
NEW YORK — New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the council's LGBT Caucus will host free self-defense classes following a recent spate of hate crimes. [ Read more → ]

Two more anti-gay hate crimes reported in New York City this week

Saturday, June 1, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police in New York City have arrested five men — ranging in age from 16 to 21 — in the latest in a series of attacks on gay men in the city. [ Read more → ]
Tavares Spencer

Tampa teen faces hate crime charges in attack on transgender woman

Friday, May 31, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida teen has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly robbing, then shooting a 22-year-old transgender woman in April. [ Read more → ]
Eugene Lovendusky

Gay rights activist latest victim in wave of attacks on gay men in NYC

Sunday, May 26, 2013
NEW YORK -- A gay rights activist is the latest victim in a recent spate of attacks on gay men in New York City. [ Read more → ]
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.

Attorney implies suspect’s child sexual abuse was a factor NYC killing

Thursday, May 23, 2013
NEW YORK -- The attorney for the man accused in the murder of a gay man in New York's Greenwich Village on Saturday says his client is not guilty, and implied that his anti-gay bias is the result of being sexually abused as a child. [ Read more → ]

Nevada governor signs transgender hate crimes bill

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Crimes that target transgender person because of their sexual identity now carry an extra penalty in Nevada. [ Read more → ]

Thousands march in NYC’s Greenwich Village to protest gay man’s killing

Monday, May 20, 2013
NEW YORK -- A spate of hate-fueled attacks on gay men in New York, including a killing in the heart of one of its most gay-friendly neighborhoods, is stirring up anxiety, disbelief and outrage heading into what is usually a time of gay pride celebration. [ Read more → ]

Suspect in NYC shooting charged with murder as a hate crime

Monday, May 20, 2013
NEW YORK -- The man who police say hurled homophobic slurs at a gay man on a Manhattan street before firing a single fatal shot to his head appeared in court Sunday to face a charge of murder as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Shooter is taken into custody.Image via The New York Post

UPDATED: Police call fatal New York City shooting an anti-gay hate crime

Saturday, May 18, 2013
NEW YORK — Police say a gunman used anti-gay slurs before fatally shooting a gay man in New York City's Greenwich Village. [ Read more → ]
The two victims in the Friday morning attack in New York. (Names withheld.)

Police arrest two men in beating of gay men in New York City

Saturday, May 11, 2013
NEW YORK — Two men were arrested in connection with the beating of two gay men in Manhattan early Friday and police are investigating whether there is a link to an earlier anti-gay attack in the same area on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Rogers, center, is escorted by supporters from the Lancaster County Court Justice and Law Enforcement Center on Thursday.Photo: Eric Gregory, The Journal-Star/AP
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Nebraska woman sentenced for falsely reporting anti-gay hate crime

Thursday, April 18, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska judge has given jail time and probation to a Lincoln woman who falsely claimed she had been attacked by three men who carved anti-gay slurs into her body and tried to light her house on fire. [ Read more → ]
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Former Marine arrested in hate crime attack at Long Beach gay bar

Thursday, April 11, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A former Marine accused in the beating of a man outside a Long Beach gay bar will be extradited from Illinois to face felony hate crime charges. [ Read more → ]
Nathan Pohl

Neb. man to stand trial for hate crime in attack on man he thought was gay

Friday, April 5, 2013
SIDNEY, Neb. -- A western Nebraska man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he attacked another man outside a bar because he suspected the other man was gay. [ Read more → ]
Mikey Partida suffered injuries to his eyes, neck, and head, among other injuries, in an alleged hate crime attack on March 10.

Bail raised to $500K for man accused of brutal attack in anti-gay hate crime

Monday, April 1, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. — Bail has been raised nearly sevenfold to $520,000 for a teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal beating of a Northern California man. [ Read more → ]


Friday, March 22, 2013
“Take just 80 seconds of your time to watch this powerful video, which imagines a world without racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism — a world in which the hate violence that took the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Matthew Shepard and others did not happen." [ Read more → ]

Study finds majority of hate crimes go unreported to police

Thursday, March 21, 2013
WASHINGTON — Despite growing awareness of hate crimes, the share of those crimes reported to police has fallen in recent years as more victims of violent attacks express doubt that police can or will help. [ Read more → ]

Nevada Senate approves bill to add gender identity to hate crimes law

Thursday, March 21, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- People who commit crimes against others because of their gender identity, appearance or expression would be subject to enhanced penalties under a bill passed Thursday by the Nevada Senate. [ Read more → ]

Prisoner gets 6 more years for hate crime attack on inmate he thought was gay

Sunday, March 17, 2013
DALLAS — A member of the Aryan Brotherhood will serve an extended prison sentence after admitting he committed a federal hate crime by severely beating another inmate he believed to be gay. [ Read more → ]
Mikey Partida suffered injuries to his eyes, neck, and head, among other injuries, in an alleged hate crime attack on March 10.

Davis, Calif., police ID suspect in possible hate crime attack on gay man

Thursday, March 14, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -- Police in Davis, Calif., have identified a suspect in a brutal attack on a gay man last weekend, and said they were investigating the violent beating as a possible hate crime. [ Read more → ]

Nev. Senate committee advances bill to add gender identity to hate crime statute

Friday, March 8, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A Nevada state Senate committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the list of protected identities in Nevada’s hate crime statute. [ Read more → ]
Sondra Scarber (Courtesy: WFAA-TV)

Lesbian says she was the victim of a hate crime after defending bullied boy

Friday, March 1, 2013
MESQUITE, Texas -- A Texas woman claims she is the victim of a hate crime after she was attacked in an elementary school playground for protecting a bullied four-year-old boy. [ Read more → ]
Justin Sims (Booking photo)

Five arrested in possible gay bashing after luring man to park for sex

Saturday, February 16, 2013
GRESHAM, Ore. — Police in Gresham, Ore., said they have arrested five young people for beating and robbing a man they lured into a park under the pretense that he would be meeting another man for sex. [ Read more → ]

Michigan man sentenced in attack on man he believed was gay

Friday, February 8, 2013
DETROIT -- A man who assaulted another man at a Detroit-area gas station in 2011 because he believed his victim was gay, has been sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison. [ Read more → ]
Anthony Garcia

Man arrested on felony hate crime charge for anti-gay graffiti at UC Berkeley

Thursday, January 17, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. -- A California man faces a felony hate crime charge after officers spotted him spray painting anti-gay graffiti on campus buildings at the University of California-Berkeley. [caption id="attachment_72996" align="alignright" width="250"] Anthony Garcia[/caption] Anthony Garcia, 23, of Huntington Park, Calif., was booked on a... [ Read more → ]
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