Tag Archives: hate crimes

Blinded Victim In Brutal FL Gay-Bashing Speaks Out

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: For the first time, the man who cops say was brutally beaten by an entire family because of his sexual orientation is speaking about what happened. “Because I’m gay, yes,” the victim told Local 10 News’ Rosh Lowe. “Because I’m gay, they think I turned his son gay.” As a result of that beating, the …

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Incel Sought For Attacks On California Women [VIDEO]

Los Angeles’s Fox affiliate reports: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of harassing women outside Costa Mesa bars. According to the Costa Mesa Police Department, Johnny Young is a “self-described incel” and is wanted for attacking several people after he allegedly confronted a group of women using vulgar and explicit language. Costa Mesa PD …

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Sydney Man Boasted About 1988 Murder Of Gay Man

The Associated Press reports: A man told police he killed American mathematician Scott Johnson in 1988 by pushing the 27-year-old off a Sydney cliff in what prosecutors describe as a gay hate crime, a court heard on Monday. Scott White, 51, appeared in the New South Wales state Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty in January …

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Police: Brutal Beating That Left Florida Gay Man Blind Came Because Victim Was Dating Family’s Son [VIDEO]

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Members of a Ukrainian refugee family appeared in a South Florida courtroom on Wednesday. That’s where they are facing hate crime and attempted murder charges for an alleged family ambush. Police say Oleh Makarenko was in a nine-month homosexual relationship, which would end with his lover being beaten so badly by Makarenko’s family that the …

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Three FL Family Members Face Life In Alleged Hate Crime Beating That Left Gay Man Permanently Blinded

The Miami Herald reports: Three family members have been charged with a hate crime after kidnapping and beating a gay man so severely that he was permanently blinded, Broward County prosecutors said Tuesday. Two parents and their son [photos above] were formally charged Tuesday on counts of first-degree attempted murder, burglary with battery and kidnapping “with prejudice” — all charges …

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Ashli Babbitt’s Brother Charged In Hate Crime Assault

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: A man facing battery and hate-crime charges for allegedly attacking and hurling racial slurs at a utility worker last year near Ocean Beach is the brother of Ashli Babbitt, the San Diego woman who was shot and killed by a police officer Jan. 6, 2021, inside the U.S. Capitol. Roger Stefan Witthoeft, Jr., 33, was …

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All Three Arbery Killers Found Guilty Of Hate Crimes

The New York Times reports: A jury on Tuesday determined that the three white Georgia men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery violated a federal hate-crime statute by depriving Mr. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, of his right to use a public street because of the color of his skin. The jury also found the three men — Travis McMichael, 36, his …

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Three Nazis Arrested For Hate Crime Assault In Orlando

The Associated Press reports: Three people have been arrested days after a Jewish passerby was attacked by a group of self-proclaimed neo-Nazis who yelled antisemitic slogans outside a central Florida shopping plaza over the weekend, authorities said Friday. Group leader Burt Colucci, 45, and Joshua Terrell, 46, are each charged with battery with a hate crime enhancement, while Jason Brown, …

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Florida Judge Rejects “Stand Your Ground” Defense In Mob Beating Of Gay Couple After Pride Event [VIDEO]

The Miami Herald reports: Four young men [photo above] did not act in self-defense when they beat up two gay men during a South Beach gay-pride celebration, a Miami judge ruled on Friday. Circuit Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan declined to dismiss the battery charges against Juan Carlos Lopez and three others who’d been charged in the high-profile attack in April …

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Man Gets Life Plus 30 Years In CA Synagogue Shooting

From the Justice Department: John T. Earnest, a Rancho Penasquitos man who entered the Chabad of Poway on April 27, 2019, opened fire and killed one woman, injured three others, and attempted to kill 50 others, was sentenced in federal court today to life plus 30 years in prison for his crimes. Earnest previously pleaded guilty to a 113-count indictment …

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DOJ Charges Oregon Man In Grindr-Related Hate Crime

From the Department of Justice: An Oregon man has been charged with a federal hate crime after using the internet to target and brutally assault a gay man because of his sexual orientation. Daniel Andrew McGee, of Springfield, has been charged by criminal complaint with a hate crime. The complaint alleges that McGee attempted to kill the victim. According to …

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Italian Senators Cheer Defeat Of LGBT Hate Crimes Bill

Reuters reports: The Italian Senate voted on Wednesday to block debate over a bill that would make violence against women and LGBT+ people a hate crime, effectively killing off a proposal previously approved by the lower house of parliament. The bill, championed by the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), has triggered fierce discussion in Italy, with the Vatican also getting involved, …

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Texas Man Sentenced To 23 Years In Grindr Hate Crimes

From the Department of Justice: Daniel Jenkins, 22, of Dallas was sentenced today for committing violent crimes as part of a conspiracy to target users of the dating app Grindr. Jenkins was sentenced to a federal prison term of 280 months for his involvement in the scheme to target gay men for violent crimes. He is the last of four …

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Woman Gets 25 Years In Hate Crime Murder Attempt, Targeted Two Children With Her SUV Over Their Race

The Associated Press reports: A white Iowa woman who said she drove her SUV into two children in 2019 to try to kill them because of their race was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison on federal hate crimes charges. Nicole Poole Franklin had already been sentenced to up to 25 years, including a mandatory minimum of 17 1/2, …

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Proud Boys Leader Guilty Of Burning Church’s Banner

Via press release from the Justice Department: Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 37, of Miami, Fla., pleaded guilty today to charges in two cases, including one involving the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a downtown Washington church, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Tarrio pleaded …

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Fourth Suspect Charged In Murder Of Spanish Gay Man

El Pais reports: Spanish police have arrested a fourth individual in connection with the deadly beating of a young man by a group of at least seven people in the northwestern city of A Coruña last Saturday. The suspect is a man in his early twenties who is friends with the three people – two men and a woman – …

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Three Arrested In Mob Murder Of Spanish Gay Man

El Pais reports: Spain’s National Police have arrested three people on suspicion of their involvement in the beating to death of 24-year-old nurse Samuel Luiz in the early hours of Saturday morning in A Coruña, Galicia. That’s according to police sources, who spoke to EL PAÍS. The police confirmed that the three people arrested are two men and a woman …

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Spain Sees Nationwide Protests In 24 Year Old’s Murder By Anti-Gay Mob, Prime Minister Vows Justice [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Thousands of people have taken to the streets of towns and cities across Spain to demand justice, equality and protection after a gay man was beaten to death in what police believe could have been a homophobic attack. Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, was out with friends in the Galician city of A Coruña in the …

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Texas Men Get Stiff Prison Terms In Hate Crimes Case

Via press release from the Justice Department: Three Texas men were sentenced yesterday for violent crimes. Michael Atkinson, 28, Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon, 21, and Daryl Henry, 24, were sentenced to prison terms for their involvement in a scheme to target gay men for violent crimes. Atkinson was sentenced to over 11 years in prison, Ceniceros-Deleon was sentenced to 22 years in …

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Vatican Opposes Italian Bill On LGBT Hate Crimes

The Washington Post reports: The Vatican has taken a highly unusual step against its neighbor, sending a diplomatic note to the Italian government that protests a draft law aimed at preventing hate and violence against LGBT people. The complaint marks a formal effort by the Vatican to influence Italian lawmaking and could provide a test for how forcefully the church …

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