Incidents of apparent hate crimes and hate group activities listed here are drawn primarily from media sources. These incidents include only a fraction of the approximately 191,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2005 government report estimated occur annually.
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Cape Girardeau, MO
A Missouri teen pleaded guilty to a hate crime Monday months after she and her friends severely beat her gay neighbor. Mercedes Ayers was charged with third-degree assault motivated by discrimination for physically attacking 41-year-old Jeana Terry outside her Cape Girardeau home, the Southeast Missourian reported. The 17-year-old went to Terry's house on July 24th and grabbed her by the arm when she opened the door. Ayers, her two younger siblings, and several friends kicked and punched Terry while shouting homophobic slurs, leaving her with bruising, nausea and dizziness, according to the local paper. In the months following the attack, Ayers denied targeting Terry because of her sexual orientation. The teen said that she went to Terry’s home in response to an altercation she had with Terry and Terry's partner, Lisa Lange, the day of incident. Ayers, however, entered a guilty plea Monday in an agreement that required prosecutors to drop a more serious first-degree burglary charge which carried a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Via NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/teen-pleads-guilty-gay-bashing-article-1.1174339#ixzz28itnc6OC
Jersey City, NJ
Two women allegedly yelled anti- gay epithets and smashed a bottle on a man's head. Derita Boone, 21, and Jennifer Gilmore, 25, were charged with bias intimidation, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.
Rio Rancho, NM
Racial slurs were spray-painted on the garage of a black man who moved in the neighborhood two months earlier. Other residences in the neighborhood were also spray-painted with graffiti. Jose Campos, 23, was charged with seven counts of criminal damage to property, one of which included a hate crime enhancement.
Three men were sentenced under a federal hate crime law for attacking a black man at a bus stop in 2011. Brian Kerstetter, 33, received a 77-month sentence; Charles Cannon a 37-month sentence and Michael McLaughlin a 30-month sentence.
Three men allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs and attacked two other men on the street.
Three people allegedly broke into a gay woman's house, tied her up, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin, spray-painted an anti-gay epithet on her house then set it afire.
A window at a gay bar was shattered during an allegedly bias-motivated drive-by shooting.
Oklahoma City, OK
A gay man was burned when his car was allegedly firebombed by two people. An anti-gay slur was also spray-painted on the vehicle.
A Latina woman allegedly dumped hot coffee on a black nursing assistant at a medical center and called him racial epithets. Rose Mary Ayala, 38, was charged with one felony count of hate crime battery.
West Seattle, WA
A man was charged with malicious harassment and malicious mischief after he allegedly smashed a window of a Muslim community center and said he committed the act because he hates Muslims.