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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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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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Gay man sprayed with ammonia outside London club, may never see again

Monday, June 9, 2014
Police are looking for these three suspects in connection with a chemical attack outside a London gay club on June 8, 2014.
A London man may never see again following an anti-gay attack outside a London club on Sunday. London police are seeking a man and two East European women in connection with a chemical attack on three men in the Vauxhall area, London’s gay district, early on Sunday.

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Cleveland man charged in fatal shooting of transgender woman

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Brittany Stergis (left) and Delshawn Carroll
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police have charged a Cleveland man with murder in connection with the fatal December shooting of a 22-year-old transgender woman. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was charged with one count of aggravated murder for shooting and killing Brittany Stergis Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.

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One man in custody, another on the run in Seattle homicide of two gay men

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Ali Muhammed Brown is wanted in the slayings of two gay men in Seattle.
SEATTLE -- One man is in custody and another suspect is on the run in last weekend's double homicide of two gay men in Seattle's Central District. Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, were fatally shot in the early morning hours on Sunday, June 1. Both victims are believed to have been gay.

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Man convicted in gang rape of lesbian gets 400 year prison sentence

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — A California man who was convicted of orchestrating the 2008 gang rape of a woman who was targeted in part because she is lesbian has been sentenced to more than 400 years in prison.

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Hasidic ‘neighborhood watch’ members indicted in gang assault on gay man

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
NEW YORK — Five men who prosecutors said were members with a Hasidic neighborhood watch group in Brooklyn were indicted on Wednesday in connection with a brutal beating of a gay black man in December.

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Anita-Hill
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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