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News Roundup for July 6, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on July 6, 2011 - 1:51 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT, Hate Crime

A Tennessee man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the racially motivated killing of a public employee. Dale Mardis, 57, brutally killed Shelby County, Tenn., code enforcement officer Mickey Wright in April 2001 and recently confessed to an unsolved murder of a Baltimore doctor three years earlier.

Gary Thomas Kelley received 27.5 years in prison today for shooting his neighbor. The Phoenix man confronted Juan Varela, repeating a racial slur and telling him to “go back to Mexico” or he would die, before shooting Varela in the neck. Varela was a third-generation U.S. citizen. The week of the shooting had been marked by protests over Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law.

Police in Oswego, Ill., have charged a local man with a hate crime for beating a man over his sexual orientation. The victim was allegedly beaten by four men, including the charged suspect, while the group used slurs during the assault.

  • Matthew Bright

    This article must be read while referencing the article immediately published before about Patrick Buchanan’s promotion of bullying and discrimination as a socially healthful practice.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Perhaps all those rabid racist supporters of Shurf arpaio(the Flaccid Old Fool of the MCSO) and that neo-Nazi hugger Senate President Russell Pearce, can pay heed to what is to come, should they continue with their senseless acts of inhuman violence, motivated by hate and fear.

    Otherwise, you too, could be the next Gary Thomas Kelley.