Tag Archives: hate crimes

BROOKLYN: Hate Crime And Attempted Murder Charges Filed In Anti-Gay Shooting

Via DNA Info: Three suspects have been arrested for shouting anti-gay slurs at a group of men dressed as women and shooting one of the them over the weekend, police said. Cody Sigue, 22, Matthew Smith, 21, and Tavon Johnson, 17, got into an argument with the victim around 7 a.m. Saturday on Broadway near Putnam Avenue, according to police. …

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Court Document: Kathyrn Knott Struck & Screamed “Faggots” At Bashing Victims

Via Philadelphia Magazine: Now that Kathryn Knott, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams have been charged with the crime, an affidavit of probable cause describing the incident has been made available by the court. According to that document, the incident began when “words were exchanged” between the two groups of people, with suspect Kevin Harrigan allegedly calling the victims “faggots” several …

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Hospital Fires Alleged Gay-Basher

ABC News reports: The daughter of a Pennsylvania police chief, facing assault charges, was fired today from her hospital job after allegedly posting photos and information about patients that potentially violate privacy policies. Lansdale Hospital-Abington Health told ABC News,“Effective today, September 25, 2014, Kathryn Knott has been terminated from her employment at Abington Health.” Knott, 24, had initially been suspended …

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Tweet Of The Day – Rep. Brian Sims

Over 300 people ignored rain to rally against #LGBT hate crimes – Thank you! A summary: http://t.co/FfXzDDb3pN pic.twitter.com/aXMzs9ap9E— Rep. Brian Sims (@RepSims) September 25, 2014 RELATED: This morning Sims appeared on public radio. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has pressed charges against two men and one woman in connection with the Sept. 11 assault on a gay couple in Center …

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Petition Of The Day

The petition was launched by the friend of the Philadelphia gay-bashing victims who has been speaking to the press on their behalf. Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims is co-hosting a rally in support of the bill this afternoon. See the petition.

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Philly Three Released On Bail

The Associated Press reports that the three Philadelphia gay-bashing suspects were freed on bail at 3:30AM this morning. Bail for the two men was $75K, bail for Kathryn Knott was $50K. A trial date has not been set. UPDATE: There’s video of the trio being released.

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PHILADELPHIA: City Council To Consider Local Hate Crimes Ordinance

Today Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims will co-host a Harrisburg rally in support of a statewide hate crimes bill that likely faces slim prospects in the current session. Meanwhile the Philadelphia City Council will today hear a local version of the bill. Via the Philadelphia Inquirer: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Councilman Jim Kenney are introducing legislation Thursday in response to …

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Hospital Suspends Alleged Gay-Basher

“We can confirm that Kathryn Knott has been employed at Lansdale Hospital since May 2011. Because of the nature of the charges against her, she has been suspended from her job as an Emergency Room tech. We are investigating an additional issue that was brought to our attention related to this employee’s Twitter account for potential violations of patient privacy …

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PHILADELPHIA: Mug Shots Released

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Lawyer For Alleged Basher Kathryn Knott: This Young Woman Couldn’t Bust A Grape

The lawyer for alleged Philadelphia gay-basher Kathryn Knott appeared on right-wing AM talk radio today to declare, unsurprisingly, that his client is completely innocent. An excerpt: “She completely denies having touched anyone and she maintains that that just simply didn’t occur and that those who are making the accusations are incorrect. She was walking with a group of friends. Unfortunately, …

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More 2012 Tweets From Kathryn Knott

In a post that includes the racist and homophobic Twitter history archived by Scott Wooledge, Philadelphia Magazine has dug up a couple of more tweets from Kathryn Knott, the alleged gay-bashing daughter of a suburban Pennsylvania police chief. A guy ran me off the road, called my dad ran his license, and got him ticket #sorrynotsorry #lovemydad— Kathryn Knott (@kathryn_knott) …

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PHILADELPHIA: All Three Suspects In Mob Gay-Bashing Have Surrendered

Via the Philadelphia Inquirer: Two men and a woman surrendered to police Wednesday morning to face charges in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple in Center City. Accompanied by their lawyers, Philip Williams, 24; Kathryn Knott, 24; and Kevin Harrigan, 26, turned themselves in at Central Detectives, 401 N. 21st Street in Franklintown. The three, all from Bucks …

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PHILADELPHIA: Gay-Bashing Suspect Is Daughter Of Local Police Chief

The three suspects to be charged in Philadelphia’s mob gay-bashing are expected to surrender themselves on Wednesday (today). The female of the trio is the daughter of a local police chief. Action News has confirmed suspect Kathryn Knott is the daughter of Chalfont, Bucks County Police Chief Karl Knott. At their Southampton home, no one answered but when we asked …

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BREAKING: Philadelphia DA To Charge Three Attackers In Mob Gay-Bashing

Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate reports: Three people will be charged in an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia. The accused are Philip Williams, 24, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Katherine Knott, 24, all of Bucks County, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Arrest warrants have been approved for the three suspects. Each will be charged with aggravated assault, …

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PENNSYLVANIA: State Sen. Jim Ferlo Comes Out During Hate Crimes Bill Rally

[email protected]: “I’m gay and that’s ok.” Thanks for standing up for us! #LGBT #ComingOut #HBG #PAEquality http://t.co/68Fr1P0cJ9 — EqualityPennsylvania (@EqualityPA) September 23, 2014 Pennsylvania state Sen. Jim Ferlo came out today during the hate crimes bill rally held at the capitol building in Harrisburg. “The focus of the press conference was the horrendous act of hate against a gay couple …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Rep. Brian Sims Rages For Passage Of Hate Crimes Bill

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims has apparently been convinced about the possibility of passing a hate crimes bill during the current legislative session. Watch as he denounces foot-dragging during today’s rally at the capitol building in Harrisburg.

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PENNSYLVANIA: Gov. Tom Corbett Condemns Gay Bashing, Dodges On Pending Hate Crimes Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett yesterday finally issued a condemnation of the brutal mob gay-bashing in Philadelphia that has gotten national headlines for two weeks, but his office refused to say whether Corbett supports the renewed push for a statewide hate crimes law. Tony Meverick reports at Buzzfeed: “In the wake of the crime in Philadelphia, the governor condemns the attack …

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PENNSYLVANIA: State Rep Says Hate Crimes Bill Could Get Vote Tomorrow

Last week Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims said that a pending LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill was likely dead for the current session. Today state Rep. Brendan Boyle disagrees. Via Victor Fiorillo at Philadelphia Magazine: “Since it’s been introduced and co-sponsored and referred to committee, it could get final passage as early as Tuesday,” says Boyle, who has called a Harrisburg …

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PHILADELPHIA: Multiple Arrests Expected In Brutal Mob Gay-Bashing Case

Via Jen Coletta at Philadelphia Gay News: A police source said this week that they were nearly “ready to go” in terms of making arrests and said charges are expected “this week.” A key witness, the source said, was due in for an interview Monday, “the girl who was right in the middle of it all.” After that, the source …

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PHILADELPHIA: Activists To Rally For Passage Of Hate Crimes Bill

Via Philadelphia Daily News: More than a week later, the story of two gay men savagely beaten in Center City continues to spread. Yesterday, as police sources said detectives were nearing the end of their investigation, word reached Harrisburg, where state legislators are calling their colleagues to action. “The gay guy in me and the Philly guy in me are …

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