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Links 1 through 10 of 86 by Latoya Peterson tagged hatecrime

'On the morning of Aug. 29, an off-duty Washington, DC Metro police officer fired five times into a car whose passengers included three transgender women. Three of the passengers were injured, one critically, in the second instance of anti-trans violence by an off duty DC Metro police officer in the past nine months.

The officer apparently solicited one of the women for sex, according to the Washington Blade, then harassed and pursued the group until crashing his vehicle into their car and firing upon them."

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"Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says a group of the teens then climbed into their large Ford F250 green pickup truck, floored the gas, and drove the truck right over Anderson, killing him instantly.
"This was a crime of hate. Dedmon murdered this man because he was black,' said Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. 'The evidence will show that.'"

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"The data are compiled by the coalition's 43 participating organizations and are not comprehensive. They include crimes reported to the groups by victims who did not seek help from law enforcement. In fact, 50% of the 2010 assault survivors did not make police reports, with minorities and transgender people the least likely to come forward, the report said."

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"The prosecutor in a hate crime trial needs to prove intent beyond a reasonable doubt. Often even the use of racial slurs has not been enough to convince the court. So undoubtedly crimes are committed regularly where hate crime enhancements could not be applied, simply because the proof did not exist. (Or the proof did not convince the important somebodies who needed to be convinced, but whatever.) Criminals can think all the hateful thoughts they wish. They may even act on these thoughts. But it is the combination of criminal action and provable intent that is addressed by our legal system.

Additionally, hate crime laws do not value any group of people over another. It is not the victim’s status that is protected. You might be a straight white guy, but if you get the crap beaten out of you because your attacker thinks you’re gay, hate crime enhancements can be added."

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"During my time in Alice Springs I quickly realised that before I could truly understand the events surrounding the killing of Kwementyaye Ryder, I'd first have to learn something of the history of the town itself. Marooned in the centre of an impossible universe of sand and heat, it has the air of an abandoned space station – alien and stagnant; desperate and defiant. If it feels lost in space, it also feels lost in time. Here, as everywhere, the truth leaves a breadcrumb trail through tiny, incidental details: the police's premature insistence that race wasn't a motive; the weekly paper leading with the 'crackdown' on black 'hawkers'; the 250 people calling for calm; the man selling 'White Power' T-shirts. To the outsider, these are shocking glimpses, reminiscent of 1960s Mississippi. They speak of a hostility between black and white that is fraught, active and building."

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"On Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 Mr. Sharif picked up the perpetrator at 24th Street and Second Avenue, his first fare for the shift, and headed toward Times Square. The man, 21, started out friendly, asking Mr. Sharif about where he was from, how long he had been in America, if he was Muslim and if he was observing fast during Ramadan. He then first became silent for a few minutes and then suddenly started cursing and screaming. There, at about 6:15pm at Third Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets, he yelled, “Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint,” and then slashed Mr. Sharif across the neck. As Mr. Sharif went to knock the knife out, the perpetrator, continuing to scream loudly, cut the taxi driver in the face (from nose to upper lip), arm and hand.

“While a minority of has-been politicians spew ignorance and fear, it’s the working person on the street who has to face the consequences,” said NYTWA Executive Director Bhairavi Desai."

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"'I think that this incident should be viewed as a warning that should be heeded,' said Edina Lekovic, communications director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. 'The hateful rhetoric that is being spewed by people like Newt Gingrich and then being amplified by mainstream media outlets poses a grave danger to the safety and well-being of everyday Muslim Americans like this cab driver, an innocent person.'"

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"A man has been arrested in what federal and South Carolina authorities believe may be a hate crime. The suspect is accused of murdering a black man and dragging the victim's body behind a pickup truck."

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Three men are accused of branding a swastika on a mentally challenged man's arm with a heated metal clothes hanger, and could face hate crime charges. "We'll explore every conceivable available avenue in charging them with a hate crime because what happened to the victim was so horribly wrong," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Sarah Weaver...The three white men are accused of forcing the 22-year-old victim from the Navajo Indian reservation into a car on April 29, and driving him to an apartment..."We haven't identified this as a gang-related crime. That is still under investigation," Perez said. "But they appear to be associated in some fashion to the white supremacist movement."...[Alleged assailant] Sanford claimed that the victim, who wanted a haircut and a tattoo, "wanted the swastika design because it was a tribal symbol," according to the court records.

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"Mr. Garcia has his feet in two worlds seemingly at odds with each other: He continues to support Mr. Conroy’s claim of innocence and says he believes that his friend has been falsely branded a white supremacist, and yet he also supports the views of many in the Hispanic community that the attack was but one example of the racial and ethnic hatred they face on a daily basis.

He said that both he and his father had been spit on by white youths, and that a few weeks ago, as his 14-year-old brother was riding a skateboard outside their apartment, an older white man in a yellow car slowed down, laughed and shouted that Mexicans don’t skateboard. "

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