Showing posts with label gay hate Crime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gay hate Crime. Show all posts

December 12, 2018

In A Gay Hate Crime A 20 Yr Old Young Lady Was Pushed From Behind Causing Broken Spine

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of an unidentified male
The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of an unidentified male who fled the train and the subway system at the Forest Hills 71 Avenue station in the Queens borough of New York.NYPD
By Tim Fitzsimons

A 20-year-old woman was hospitalized and suffered a broken spine after being attacked in the subway by a man using anti-gay slurs, according to the New York City Police Department. 
“The unidentified male used a slur based upon his interpretation of the victim's sexual orientation,” the NYPD said in an emailed statement to NBC News. “As the victim walked away from the unidentified male, he approached from behind, punched the victim in the back of her head and shoved her to the ground, causing her to strike her head.” 
Police said the man fled the scene of the Nov. 30 crime, exiting the subway system at a stop in Forest Hills, a neighborhood in the borough of Queens. The NYPD released a video clip and image of the suspect and is now seeking the public’s help in identifying him. Police described him as “black, 5'11", 220lbs, and 50-60 years old.”
The New York Daily News provided additional details about the attack, reporting that the suspect became incensed after he saw the victim kiss another woman aboard the E train in Queens, adding that he then called the victim a “dyke” before physically assaulting her.
The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident, and police are requesting that anyone with information about the identity of the attacker call 1-800-577-8477, visit or tweet at @NYPDTips. 
This latest incident comes just weeks after a Queens man was charged with several hate crimes after allegedly beating two gay men unconscious in Brooklyn. The suspect, Brandon McNamara, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Hate crimes against LGBTQ people in the U.S. continued to rise in 2017, jumping 3 percent from the year prior, according to hate crimes data released by the FBI last month. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people make up more than 16 percent of all hate crime victims, according to the FBI’s report, despite comprising an estimated 4.5 percent of the general population.


December 11, 2018

$1 Million Reward on Scott Johnson's Death Determined to be a Gay Hate Crime in Sydney

Scott Johnson's death was determined to have been the result of a gay hate crime.
 Scott Johnson's death was determined to have been the result of a gay hate crime.

A A$1 million (NZ$1.04m) reward and a "fresh eyes" police investigation has been announced into the death of young American Scott Johnson, 30 years to the day since he fell from a cliff in Australia - now deemed to be a gay-hate killing.
Scott's brother Steve Johnson, who never believed the original finding of suicide, had flown to Sydney from the US to stand alongside New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Sunday morning and announce the state government's tenfold increase in the reward for information leading to the killer or killers.
"Someone knows what happened to Scott, either because they were present or because they heard of what happened from others who were present," says Johnson, a tech entrepreneur who has spent more than A$1 million of his own money seeking the truth since 2005.
That campaign has thrown the spotlight on dozens of other gay-hate killings and assaults, currently the focus of a NSW upper house parliamentary inquiry, which has discussed the prospect of establishing a judicial commission.
Anglers found the naked body of Scott, a 27-year-old mathematics PhD student, at the base of a 60m cliff near Blue Fish Point, just south of Manly, on the morning of December 10, 1988.
Police now accept the cliff-top area was a gay beat, where men gathered for casual sex, and in November last year the then state coroner Michael Barnes concluded two or more assailants - motivated by hatred of gays - either pushed Scott off the cliff or that he fell while trying to escape. 
Steve Johnson said: "It is likely that those who were involved in Scott's death would have bragged about it given the culture of gay-hate amongst groups in Sydney at the time. It's 30 years to the day since Scott's death. I encourage anyone who has any information to come forward and provide it."
Of more than 240 rewards on offer in NSW, this becomes only the seventh elevated to $1million. Police Minister Troy Grant said: "I hope it finally leads to the answers that Scott's family have been seeking."
Commissioner Fuller said: "Scott's death is possibly one of the most challenging investigations I've seen - and it's believed one of the greatest hindrances has been an unwillingness for witnesses to come forward."
He said the reward could be "that final motivation needed for someone to speak with police".
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans has since September been leading a specialist investigative team, Strike Force Welsford, which is conducting "fresh inquiries" into the case.
DCI Pamela Young, formerly of the force's Unsolved Homicide Team, led a two-year re-investigation of the case which, in 2015, advised the coroner there was no evidence to support a finding of homicide.
Coroner Barnes demanded her removal from the case following an ABC television interview in which she claimed former police minister Mike Gallacher "kowtowed" to the Johnson family's influence and improperly sought priority for Scott's investigation above hundreds of unsolved homicides.
Gallacher said yesterday: "This announcement vindicates my belief that this case needed a fresh set of eyes."
Barnes, after hearing testimony from a succession of known gay bashers - all denying they killed Scott - was unable to identify any suspects.
Fuller said: "This case captured the attention of people around the world and has certainly stayed in the hearts and minds of the LGBTIQ community, and to keep the investigation progressing, we need people to talk to us."
Johnson pleaded to anyone who knew what happened: "Do this for Scott, do this for all gay men who were subject to gay hate, and now, do it for yourself."

Sydney Morning Herald

This is a follow up story this blog is followed through the years
 Steve Johnson at the site of Scott Johnson’s death, which was part of a pattern of homophobia-driven crimes in the 1980s and ’90s. “This isn’t just about Scott’s case,” Steve Johnson said. “I think all these cases need to be looked at.”CreditMatthew Abbott for The New York Times

September 28, 2018

Man Arrested on The Hate Gay Attack at Williamsburg Brooklyn

Image: Metropolitan bar assault
The New York City Police Department identified Brandon McNamara as the individual identified in this image. He is a suspect in an alleged anti-gay assault in front of Metropolitan Bar in Brooklyn, New York.DCPI
Prior to Wednesday’s arrest, the New York Police Department released an image of the suspect — now identified as Brandon McNamara — and asked the public for help identifying him. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea credited the department’s “partnership with the community” with helping them find McNamara, who allegedly fled the scene of the crime.
“An arrest has been made in the 9-23-18 Hate Crime assault in Brooklyn in which a gay couple was brutally attacked,” Shea wrote on Twitter. “Grateful to those who contacted @NYPDTIPS & assisted the Hate Crimes T.F. quickly apprehend Brandon McNamara. #YourCityYourCall”
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In partnership with the community, an arrest has been made in the 9-23-18 Hate Crime assault in Brooklyn in which a gay couple was brutally attacked. Grateful to those who contacted @NYPDTIPS & assisted the Hate Crimes T.F. quickly apprehend Brandon McNamara.
 McNamara was charged with 10 counts of assault and harassment for allegedly beating and hurling homophobic slurs at two men who had just left a popular gay bar, Metropolitan, in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
“The individual punched the 34-year-old in the face which caused him to lose consciousness,” NYPD Sergeant Jessica McRorie told NBC News via email on Monday, prior to McNamara’s arrest. “He then grabbed the 29-year-old and threw him against a tree; also rendering him unconscious.”
McRorie said the younger victim was treated at a hospital for a broken finger, and the other was taken to a hospital with a fractured shoulder. The names of the two victims have not been released.
Reporter Henry Rosoff from local New York news station PIX11 posted a video to Twitter that reportedly shows McNamara’s exit from the NYPD’s 7th Precinct in Manhattan.
In the video, reporters can be heard yelling questions at McNamara, including asking him whether he hates gay people. McNamara did not respond.
According to the most recent FBI hate crimes data, 17 percent of hate crime victims in the U.S. in 2016 were targeted because of their sexual orientation, and most of those victims were gay men. 
Reporter Henry Rosoff from local New York news station PIX11 posted a video to Twitter that reportedly shows McNamara’s exit from the NYPD’s 7th Precinct in Manhattan.
In the video, reporters can be heard yelling questions at McNamara, including asking him whether he hates gay people. McNamara did not respond.
According to the most recent FBI hate crimes data, 17 percent of hate crime victims in the U.S. in 2016 were targeted because of their sexual orientation, and most of those victims were gay men.

September 26, 2018

Gay Activist Dies in Athens From Gay Hate Public Beating

Zak Kostopoulos, a 33-year-old Greek LGBTQ activist and drag performer, died Friday after a brutal attack in central Athens. Two people have been arrested, but the details surrounding the incident are still unclear.
The attack was reportedly caught on camera, and the video has been shown by several Greek media outlets and shared on social media, but police have not yet confirmed its authenticity to NBC News.
Zak Kostopoulos
Zak Kostopoulosvia Facebook
The footage, which sources say is part of an ongoing investigation, shows someone who appears to be Kostopolous trying to break free from a locked jewelry store by smashing the store’s glass door with a fire extinguisher. It then shows him attempting to crawl out of the store through an opening in the glass while two men can be seen repeatedly kicking him. After laying on the ground, injured, with a crowd surrounding him, the beaten man then stumbles away before being surrounded by police, who appear to forcefully handcuff him. He can then be seen, hands tied behind his back, being carried away on a stretcher.
Kostopoulos died on the way to the hospital, police told the Athens-based news outlet Kathimerini. According to a forensic report that was released on Monday, Kostopoulos’ precise cause of death is inconclusive, though further autopsy results are expected to be released this week.
“[The body] did not bear injuries that justify death,” Nikos Kalogrias, one of the coroners, told Kathimerini. “He has some bruises across his body — small injuries which alone do not cause death — so we continue with further laboratory examinations.” The owner of the jewelry store and the owner of a nearby business have been arrested and are currently in police custody. They are reportedly the two men seen kicking Kostopoulos in the video footage.
Initial news reports claimed that Kostopoulos had been armed with a knife and was trying to rob the jewelry store, a claim his supporters dispute.
Through a public Facebook post, Greek LGBTQ activist Gregory Vallianatos claimed Kostopoulos went into the jewelry store looking for shelter after a brawl had erupted at a cafe where he was sitting. In an on-camera interview with Greece's Omnia TV, Anna Paparoussou, the Kostopoulos family’s attorney, appeared to confirm that the attack was caught on camera and credited the footage with bringing the attack to light.
"If the video did not exist, the case might have closed" without any further investigation, according to Paparoussou. She told Omnia TV no witnesses have been willing to testify.
Kostopoulos was a well-known LGBTQ activist in Athens and was committed to raising awareness about HIV through the organization Positive Voice. He was also a popular drag queen, performing under the stage name “Zackie Oh.”
A protest rally was held in his honor Saturday night in Athens, with 500 people in attendance, according to Greek news reports. And his Facebook page has been turned into a memorial, with supporters sharing an outpouring of both love and anger.
“Today Zak Kostopoulos was buried in his parents village in Greece. Unfortunately, the hate, the violence & the intolerance of the Greek society did not die with him,” Emmanouil Athanasiou wrote on Kostopoulos’ memorial page

September 25, 2018

Gay Hate Attack in Williamsburg, B'klyn Jersey Man Yelling Then Attacks A Couple of Gay Guys on The Street.

A man attacked two other men after yelling
A man attacked two other men after yelling anti-gay slurs at them in Williamsburg Sunday, police said. Photo Credit: NYPD 
A man yelled anti-gay slurs at two other men in Williamsburg Sunday before punching one and shoving the other into a tree, police said. 
The suspect walked up to the victims, 34 and 29 years old, on Metropolitan Avenue, near Union Avenue, at about 12:55 a.m., police said. He punched the 34-year-old in the face, causing him to lose consciousness and fracturing his shoulder. He then grabbed the 29-year-old and threw him against a tree. The younger victim also lost consciousness and had a broken finger.
The 34-year-old was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and the 29-year-old was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.
The suspect fled in an unknown direction, but police released an image of him Sunday night.

September 19, 2018

German Teenager Arrested For Plotting a Bomb Attack on Gay NightClub

A German teenager has been arrested on suspicion he was planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack in the Frankfurt area, prosecutors said Thursday. 
Frankfurt prosecutors’ spokesman Sinan Akdogan told the Associated Press the 17-year-old was arrested by Hesse state police Sept. 1 and ordered held by a judge on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence.
The information leading to the arrest, provided by the US, indicated the suspect was planning to attack a gay nightclub in Frankfurt and a Catholic church in the city, according to an official with access to intelligence information, who discussed it on condition of anonymity.
Akdogan would not comment on the target or the source of the information, citing the ongoing investigation. 
At the time of his arrest, the suspect had instructions on how to make explosives and was trying to procure chemicals online, Akdogan said.
It was not clear how advanced the preparations were, but Akdogan said small amounts of chemicals were found during a search of the suspect’s home in Florstadt, northeast of Frankfurt.
The suspect’s name was withheld for privacy reasons and Akdogan said he could not give further details on the planned attack.
Germany has previously had success with American intelligence information helping thwart plots, most notably in 2007 in stopping a plan to bomb the US Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base in southern Germany.
In that case, following a tip from the US, German officials put under surveillance four members of the radical Islamic Jihad Union and covertly replaced the hydrogen peroxide they had collected to use for their bombs with a diluted substitute that could not have been used to produce an explosive.
That allowed them to build a case over time and four men were eventually arrested and convicted of terrorism-related charges.  

July 2, 2018

Mother of 10 Yr Old Who Came Out as Gay Charged with Murder of Her Kid

This is a follow up on this story:


The mother of a 10-year-old Lancaster, California, boy who came out as gay weeks before his death has been arrested and charged with his murder.
Heather Maxine Barron, 28, was charged with one count of murder and one count of torture for the death of her son, Anthony Avalos, by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, according to a press release by the office.
She also faces one count of child abuse. Barron’s bail was set to $2 million, online jail records show.
Her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, 32, was arrested and charged with Anthony’s murder and torture on Wednesday.
He faces one additional count of assault on a child causing death. His bail was also set to $2 million.
Barron has not yet entered a plea. Her arrangement was postponed to Monday, while Leiva, who is being treated for a laceration in his upper chest, will be arraigned after he is medically cleared, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Anthony died on June 21 after being found unresponsive a day earlier at his family’s apartment.

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Barron initially told police he was injured in a fall, authorities say.
An autopsy is not yet complete that would reveal the exact cause and manner of Anthony’s death, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Wednesday at a news conference announcing Leiva’s arrest.
Officials with the county’s Department of Children and Family Services, which investigated 13 prior allegations of child abuse at the boy’s residence between February 2013 and April 2016, initially raised homophobia as a thread they wanted to investigate in Anthony’s death, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Anthony recently “said he liked boys,” according to DCFS Deputy Director Brandon Nichols, and Anthony’s aunt said it would have been a brave move for him to come out as gay in his home, the newspaper reported.

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But when asked Wednesday if homophobia may have been a motivation in the boy’s death, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Bergner told reporters, “That has not come up in our investigation as motivation at this time, no.”
Sheriff McDonnell added: “We wouldn’t discuss motive at this point [in the investigation]. Too early.”

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June 29, 2018

Gang member Charged with Killing of 10 Yr Boy Who Had Come Out as Gay

Alleged Killer: (Because of men like this is the reason many support the death penalty).

This is a follow up story:

 In memory of Anthony👼 and Gabriel

This story originally posted on  by Kit Ramgopal and Karin Roberts 

A man described as a member of a violent gang was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the death of a 10-year-old boy in Southern California, officials said. The boy, Anthony Avalos, had recently come out as gay, a county official said, and some suspect that homophobia played a role in his death.
Anthony Avalos was taken to a hospital on June 20 after his mother, Heather Barron, called 911 to report that he had been injured in a fall, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was not breathing and unresponsive when emergency workers found him in his Lancaster home, and he died the next day.
His body showed signs of physical abuse and malnutrition, child welfare workers said, and his death was classified as suspicious.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Barron's boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, 32, had been arrested on murder charges and was being held on $2 million bail. McDonnell said that while being interviewed, “Leiva made statements that led detectives to arrest him for the murder of Anthony Avalos.”

Image: Anthony Avalos
Anthony Avalos

Before Leiva’s arrest, Brandon Nichols, deputy director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, told The Los Angeles Times that Anthony had “said he liked boys” in the weeks prior to his death. The department confirmed this detail to NBC Los Angeles but declined to provide additional details.
McDonnell declined to discuss a potential motive but he did tell reporters that homophobia “has not come up in our investigation as a motivation at this time.”

Image: Anthony Avalos
Anthony Avalos

However, Avalos’ uncle David Barron, the brother of Heather Barron and a co-worker of Leiva’s, told NBC News that Leiva has a history of homophobia. He recalled a number of times when Leiva said he was “uncomfortable just being around” gay men.
Caseworkers reportedly documented that Leiva was a member of MS-13, the criminal gang frequently mentioned by President Donald Trump during his immigration speeches. At least one branch of the gang, located in El Salvador, reportedly kills members found to be gay.
Before his death, Anthony had suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of family members, according to the Department of Children and Family Services. Caseworkers responded to 12 different complaints between February 2013 and April 2016, including sexual abuse by a grandparent when Anthony was 4, and general neglect.
“In private interviews, Anthony disclosed details consistent with media reports that he was beaten, locked up, and not fed,” Bobby Cagle, the director of the department, wrote in a statement shared with NBC News.
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                                                                 Anthony Avalos 

Some of the complaints were substantiated, but others were unfounded or inconclusive, Cagle said. Anthony stayed with relatives from May to December 2014 while his family received in-home counseling, but he was eventually sent back home. Cagle said the last complaint regarding Anthony was in April 2016.
The department said eight children ranging in age from 11 months to 12 years old have been removed from the home of Barron and Leiva “pending further investigation.” They are now in the department's custody. It is not clear whether Barron will be charged in connection with her son's death.
Karla Avalos, one of the boy’s aunts, expressed frustration that Anthony and the other children were ever permitted to return to the home after being removed. “I'm mad, because there was multiple reports done,” Karla Avalos told NBC News. “There were phone calls, and nobody did anything. I don’t know why they thought that was OK for them to go back with their mother.”
“What is wrong with the system?” she asked.
Anthony Avalos’ death bears a striking resemblance to a 2013 case in neighboring Palmdale, less than 10 minutes from Lancaster.

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Gabriel Fernandez, who was routinely beaten, starved, forced to sleep in a closet and tortured until his 2013 death by his parents.NBC News

Eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez died in May 2013 after being routinely beaten and starved by his mother and her boyfriend. Prosecutors said Gabriel was systematically abused because his mother’s boyfriend thought the boy was gay. Like Anthony, Gabriel was on the radar of the Department of Children and Family Services, though he was never removed from his home.
Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in February and was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was sentenced to death earlier this month.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl told The Los Angeles Times that the possibility that both Anthony and Gabriel were targeted for being gay was particularly heartbreaking.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence,” Kuehl told the paper. “I know that young people in my community every day find themselves at risk of violence.”
Lorri Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, said her organization has been warning the county about the “unique problems that LGBT kids face.”
“This was a sad and tragic murder, but the tragic truth is that it was predictable,” Jean told NBC News. “If nothing is done, it won’t be the last.”

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