Tag Archives: hate crimes

BREAKING: Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett

Chicago’s ABC affiliate reports: Charges against actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped, his attorneys said Tuesday. Smollett is in court to make an emergency court appearance. In a statement, Smollett’s attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said, “Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic …

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UTAH: LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Law To Pass After Right Wingers Add “Political Expression” As Category

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: After years of stalling in the Utah Legislature, a bill to strengthen the state’s hate crimes law has now cleared both chambers by commanding margins. Before passing the bill, the House adopted an amendment that added “political expression” to the list of categories that would be protected by the updated hate crimes statue. Rep. Karianne …

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ALABAMA: Man Convicted In Infamous Torture Killing Of Gay Man Is Stabbed To Death By Fellow Prison Inmate

The Birmingham Herald reports: A 45-year-old man convicted in the 1999 hate crime murder of Billy Jack Gaither has been killed in an Alabama prison. Steven Eric Mullins [photo] was found unresponsive Feb. 26 at St. Clair Correctional Facility, Alabama Department of Corrections officials announced Monday. The Department of Corrections’ Investigations and Intelligence Division is filing capital murder charges against …

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FLORIDA: Hate Crime Charges For Man Who Shouted N-Word, Brandished Gun At Teen Protesters [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Mark Bartlett, who is white, originally was charged only with carrying a concealed firearm after he allegedly pulled a gun on protesters blocking a Miami street as a part of a demonstration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But prosecutors announced hate crime charges on Tuesday, citing the completion of final interviews and witness statements. Bartlett, 51, …

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Indiana Strips LGBT And Race From Hate Crimes Bill

The Indianapolis Star reports: The Indiana Senate voted to amend a hate crimes proposal Tuesday, scrapping from the bill all protected characteristics, including gender identity, race and sexual orientation. The amendment to Senate Bill 12 removed the list of specific characteristics and added that judges can consider bias more generally as an aggravating circumstance when weighing a stricter sentence for …

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REPORT: Gay Empire Star Jussie Smollett Assaulted By Two Men Shouting Racial, Homophobic Slurs [VIDEO]

Deadline Hollywood reports: Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked early this morning in Chicago in what police are saying is a possible hate crime, Deadline has confirmed. Chicago PD released the following statement on Twitter: “Overnight the Chicago Police Department received a report of a possible racially charged assault and battery against a cast member of the television show Empire. …

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UTAH: LDS Church Won’t Oppose Hate Crimes Bill

Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it will not oppose a bill that would expand Utah’s hate crimes law to include protections for LGBTQ people. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been the recipients of hate crimes over the years. We understand that,” Marty Stephens, …

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NYPD Makes Arrest In Subway Anti-Gay Hate Crime

The Associated Press reports: Police say they have arrested a man suspected of sucker-punching a woman and fracturing her spine in an anti-gay attack aboard a New York City subway train. Allah Allasheed was charged Thursday with assault as a hate crime in the Nov. 30 attack in Queens aboard a Manhattan-bound E train. The 54-year-old’s arrest comes days after …

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NYPD Seeks Man For Allegedly Fracturing Woman’s Spine Over Subway Kiss With Another Woman [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: A homophobic straphanger sucker-punched a woman on a train, sending her to the hospital with a broken spine – all because he thought she was a lesbian, cops said Saturday. The man became incensed after he saw another woman peck the victim on the cheek Nov. 30 at about 5:10 p.m. aboard an E …

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MAGAbomber Once Threw Urine On Lesbian Couple

The Miami Herald reports: Indiana Parra was riding her moped with her girlfriend, Rimbow Gomez, when a white Dodge Ram van covered in bizarre political stickers pulled alongside.  The driver — a middle-aged man — began yelling at the younger couple. Without warning, he threw a cup of urine from the driver’s side window. It missed the moped, which was …

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Accused Brooklyn Gay Basher Faces 15 Year Sentence

NBC News reports: Brandon McNamara, the suspect in a gay bashing in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg district, faces up to 15 years in prison for hate crimes he allegedly committed in late September. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said McNamara was arraigned Friday and charged with “second-degree assault as a hate crime, third-degree menacing as a hate crime, second-degree aggravated harassment …

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FBI Report: Hate Crimes Spike For Third Straight Year

The Voice Of America reports: The number of hate crime incidents reported in the United States jumped by 17 percent last year to more than 7,000 – the largest increase since 2001 when the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led to a surge in bias-motivated crimes. The increase, reported Tuesday by the FBI, marks the third annual jump in …

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PITTSBURGH: Jewish Group Tells Trump He Will Not Be Welcome There Until He Denounces White Nationalism

The Washington Post reports: More than 16,000 people have signed an open letter to President Trump from the leaders of a Pittsburgh-based Jewish group who say the president will not be welcome in the city unless he denounces white nationalism and stops “targeting” minorities after a mass shooting Saturday at a local synagogue left 11 dead. The letter, which was …

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Eric Trump: The Shooter Doesn’t Represent The Right

“This is obviously a very sick, deranged human, sick, deranged person to do this. It seems we have gotten to a point in life and society where everything has to be kind of politicized…Somebody has to point a political finger at absolutely everything. He did the most unthinkable thing imaginable. He went to a place of worship, shot it up. …

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Synagogue Mass Shooter ID’d As Neo-Nazi Holocaust Denier, Wrote “Lord Jesus Christ Is Come In The Flesh”

CBS News reports: The suspected shooter was identified as Robert Bowers, 48, law enforcement sources told CBS News and KDKA. Bowers surrendered and was taken into custody. Bowers burst into the Tree of Life synagogue and indiscriminately fired in the building while shouting, “All Jews must die,” police sources told KDKA. Four officers were shot during the incident, officials said. …

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PITTSBURGH: White Male Mass Shooter In Custody, Entered Shouting “All Jews Must Die,” Eight Fatalities

Haaretz reports: Eight people were killed after a man opened fire on a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, CBS News reported on Saturday. KDKA has reported that police was able to extract several people from the basement of the synagogue as well as from the attic. It remains unclear if there are further casualties inside. Eyewitness reports say the shooter is …

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Matthew Shepard Interred At DC’s National Cathedral

ABC News reports: The ashes of Matthew Shepard were interred at the National Cathedral in Washington Friday, giving him a “home that is safe” 20 years after his brutal murder, his father said. “To the National Cathedral, I cannot thank you enough … for leading the way and showing acceptance and inclusiveness for any and all who enter these grounds,” …

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Homocon New York State Senate Candidate Screams Defense Of Proud Boys At NYC Council Speaker [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: The Metropolitan Republican Club has stood perhaps most forcefully behind McInnes and the Proud Boys. On Sunday, the group put out a statement touting their support for free speech, adding that “Gavin’s talk on Friday night, while at times politically incorrect and a bit edgy, was certainly not inciting violence.” Members of the club have also come to …

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Proud Boys Founder To NYC Republicans Club: You Need “Rude Violent Disgusting Scum Foot Soldiers Like Us”

“Eric Holder saying when they go low, we kick them? I like that. Let’s get low. Let’s be disgusting. Let’s make some fucking jokes. Can we kill a dead guy who ran Japan’s Socialist Party, please. It happened 58 years ago, relax. That is my beef with the right, is they’re so sacred. And they’re so pure and so careful …

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NEW YORK: GOP Gov Candidate Says He’s “Ashamed” That Proud Boys Were Invited To Speak At GOP Club

The New York Daily News reports: GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro on Tuesday said he is “a bit ashamed” that a Manhattan Republican Club invited the head of the ultra-national right wing group The Proud Boys to speak over the weekend. “I’m embarrassed these individuals were invited to speak,” Molinaro said during a 90-minute appearance before the Daily News Editorial …

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