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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1998
As the Baltimore City Council moves to deter attacks on gays and lesbians through a local hate-crimes law, a state delegate who sponsored Maryland's hate-crimes statute wants to expand the law to include sexual orientation.State law covers racial and ethnically based hate crimes.Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg, a Baltimore Democrat, said he is drafting a bill to be introduced in the General Assembly in January to amend the state law in the wake of Matthew Shepard's killing Oct. 12 in Laramie, Wyo. The university student, 21, was killed in part because he was gay.Since last week's incident, gays and lesbians across the country have been calling on local, state and federal lawmakers to draft measures to help deter attacks on people because of their sexual orientation.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
A total of 7,164 people were the victim of a reported hate crime across the country in 2012, with 19.2 percent of them targeted because of their sexual orientation, according to new data released by the FBI on Monday . The numbers show a decline compared to 2011, when 7,713 victims were reported targeted, 20.4 percent because of their sexual orientation. In 2012, 1,376 victims were targeted for their sexual orientation. Of the offenses, 53.9 percent were based on "anti-male homosexual" bias, 28.6 percent on a general "anti-homosexual" bias, 12.7 percent on an "anti-female homosexual" bias, 3 percent on an "anti-bisexual" bias, and 1.9 percent on an "anti-heterosexual" bias.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 28, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Democrats urged Congress yesterday to approve new protections for gays and lesbians by expanding federal laws that provide harsher penalties for crimes motivated by race, religion or national origin.Advocates of gay rights and other supporters of expanding the hate crimes legislation to cover sexual orientation, disability or gender were outraged to discover last week that Republicans had deleted the provision from a spending bill funding the Commerce, Justice and State departments.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts offered an open hand to the LGBT community at a hate-crime forum in Mount Vernon on Thursday night, saying he wants to stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with community members to improve officers' interactions with them on the ground. "We're here to be open, we're here to engage, we're here to be part of the community -- all parts of the community," Batts said. The event, held at the Waxter Center as part of this week's Baltimore Black Pride celebration, drew a small crowd -- organizers said the rain probably kept some away -- but had a large presence from the police department, with the department's top brass heavily represented.
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By STEVE CHAPMAN | October 1, 2007
Politicians are often accused of being irrelevant. But rarely has a group of them been so intent on proving that charge than the senators who voted last week for the "Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007." This bill is supposed to be a brave and pioneering piece of legislation. According to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, "Congress has taken a historic step forward and moved our country closer to the realization that all Americans, including the GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender]
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October 16, 1998
An excerpt of a Chicago Tribune editorial that was published yesterdayAn excerpt of a Chicago Tribune editorial that was published yesterday: MATTHEW Shepard, a 105-pound, 5-foot 2-inch, soft-spoken wisp of a kid, couldn't have been much of a threat to anyone. Yet he had been assaulted twice in recent months and last week he was pistol-whipped, strung up spread-eagle against a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo. He died five days later.It's an inconceivable crime that yet cries out for an explanation.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | December 15, 1994
The FBI has joined a local police probe of hate crimes in the Annapolis area, and its agents already have begun interviewing potential suspects and witnesses in the area, FBI Special Agent John Huntley said yesterday.Annapolis city police alerted the FBI to the case Monday after vandals spray-painted swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs on the walls and doors of the Kneseth Israel Synagogue over the weekend."We'll go wherever the evidence goes," said Mr. Huntley, supervisor of the Annapolis office.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | March 22, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates passed two civil rights measures yesterday involving housing discrimination and religious and ethnic crimes, but killed by a single vote a third bill that would have required police to gather data on "hate crimes" against homosexuals."
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | September 18, 2001
The president of the Anne Arundel County chapter of the NAACP heralded a new era of open communications between county officials and African-American communities after meeting yesterday with County Executive Janet S. Owens. "I always felt that [county officials] had that [anti-hate crimes] posture," said Gerald G. Stansbury, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "But there lacked communication between the county and the community.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | May 28, 1992
Lt. William Johnston calls it the "Same" Theory, and he applies it when investigating hate incidents for the Boston Police Department.The lieutenant asks himself: "Could this have happened if everyone involved was the same?" If everyone were black or white, or Christians or Jews, or gay or straight, would the incident have occurred?If the answer is yes, the commander of Boston's Community Disorders Unit suggested yesterday, a police officer probably shouldn't regard the event as a hate incident.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
Days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a coalition of LGBT rights groups has issued an open letter declaring "solidarity" with Martin's family and friends. Led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 35 national LGBT advocacy groups signed on for a letter saying they plan to "honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
A 25-year-old Northeast Baltimore man convicted two years ago for vandalizing a synagogue, has been charged with attemped murder after police said he attacked two men with knives in the Upper Fells Point area, severely injuring one of them.  Ian Baron. who was arrested and charged on Wednesday, has been in trouble before. In 2010, the Latino-born, Jewish-raised man was charged with causing $25,000 worth of damage to a Jewish temple in his hometown of Olney, Md. He had neo-Nazi tattoos, lived in a shack with "Whites Only!"
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
As the punches kept coming, landing across his face and head, Kenni Shaw tried to talk to his five attackers but couldn't get the words out. "I was pinned down by punches," Shaw said of the beating he received Christmas night, outside the East Baltimore liquor store he frequents near his home. "It was so hard that I felt my lip and side face swell up immediately. I was trying to talk to these guys, but they weren't letting me talk. " Instead, they were intent on beating him - simply out of hate, said Shaw, a 30-year-old gay man. "I was just beaten in my face.
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April 11, 2012
Can someone explain to me why the beating of a white man outside Courthouse East by a group of black men is not a hate crime? ("Bealefeld: Downtown beating caught on tape not a hate crime," April 10.) If the victim was black and beaten at the hands of a gang of whites, Al Sharpton would be on Pratt Street within hours. The double standard is driving a permanent wedge into race relations, and the media only feeds on the story of the poor victimized African-American. We still don't know the facts in the Trayvon Martin case, but we should never let the facts get in the way of a good protest.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
Baltimore's top cop warned Tuesday against "race-baiting" amid rising tensions across the nation, citing the Trayvon Martin case and cautioning that a video generating outrage on the Internet of a tourist being beaten and stripped in downtown Baltimore does not appear to depict a hate crime. Police CommissionerFrederick H. Bealefeld III, appearing on WBAL's "The C4 Show," said the attack on a 31-year-old white man from Arlington, Va., appears to be nothing beyond "drunken opportunistic criminality.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2012
The New Year's Day blaze that damaged a Brooklyn Park house and was accompanied by racial and sexual slurs painted on the home's exterior was arson, according to the Anne Arundel County fire department. The fire, in the 300 block of Church St., displaced two white women — one elderly and one disabled — and their caregiver, Korrey Tubaya, who is African American. Tubaya said Tuesday that this was the second incident in which he believes he was the target. In September, his car was severely damaged, and racial slurs were scratched into it. Police said that incident remains under investigation, and they are working with the Fire Department on the investigation of the home arson.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 13, 1999
WASHINGTON -- With the sting of anti-Semitic violence fresh in the nation's consciousness, dozens of Jewish leaders pressed President Clinton last night to do more to monitor, infiltrate and thwart hate groups around the nation.The 28 leaders of Jewish groups who met with Clinton for nearly two hours last night had previously planned the White House meeting. But the shooting this week of five people at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles gave urgency to the discussion. The suspect, Buford O. Furrow Jr., who is also charged in the killing of a Filipino-American postal worker, is a white supremacist who authorities say targeted Jews.
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By Steve Chapman | June 22, 2004
CHICAGO - Jesus warned his followers to beware "when all men speak well of you." He knew that universal praise can hide a multitude of sins. That is certainly the case with the hate-crimes law passed the other day by the U.S. Senate, which shows that irreproachable impulses can yield bad policy. The measure would expand existing federal laws against "hate crimes" to include violent acts committed because of the victim's "gender, sexual orientation, or disability." This will enable federal law enforcement agents to go after criminals who single out gays, women or disabled people.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
A fire accompanied by racial graffiti at a Brooklyn Park home early New Year's Day is being investigated as a possible hate crime, according to Anne Arundel County police and fire officials. Fire Department Lt. Cliff Kooser said the blaze at the house in the 300 block of Church Street caused an estimated $75,000 in damage, and that "it's a possibility it could be incendiary. " Kooser and police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said the graffiti was on walls and the agencies were working together to determine if it was a hate crime.
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