Category Archives: Hate Crime

>UPDATE TUESDAY: Just a Thought: Sticks and Stones, Kobe and Bret, Sticks and Stones


Sheriff Bruce Bryant

 Last month I posted the story of Joshua Esskew [HERE] who was called an anti-gay slur, hit in the head with a beer bottle, and then attacked by a group of up to eight people. Hate crime, no? No, not in South Carolina where our politicians don’t believe in that sort of thing.

But there is some good news now. York County authorities have arrested and charged five men with assaulting Joshua Esskew.

And while these men, er, boys,, er, morons, could not be charged with a Hate Crime in South Carolina–though the FBI is investigating it as such–Sheriff Bruce Bryant, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, says the five have been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Those charges carry a prison term of up to 20 years.

All five suspects are from York, South Carolina, and they are: 

Cortezio Laquise Douglas, 21

Lortarius Anthony Duncan, 22

LaJames Mitchell, 22

Darenco Markie Wilmore, 20
Bobby Wilson, 20

The melee started after an altercation between Joshua Esskew and Bobby Wilson, standing in front of the convenience store. Wilson threw a beer bottle at Esskew’s head, and when Esskew confronted him, the fight began; soon, the others joined in the beating of Joshua Esskew.

Sheriff Bruce Bryant says the store surveillance video helped in the arrests of the five men, as did those people who stepped up to identify the attackers; Bryant praised their “willingness…to get involved and not let this violent crime go unpunished.” 

i praise Sheriff Bruce Bryant and the police from York County for not treating this as just another case of kids being kids, and for realizing the hateful nature of this attack.

Via The Charlotte Observer



Filed under Gay Bashing, Hate Crime, Joshua Esskew, Sheriff Bruce Bryant, South Carolina

>Dharun Ravi Charged With Hate


RIP Tyler Clementi

Dharun Ravi, that former Rutgers University freshman, who used a webcam to spy on his roommate’s same-sex encounter, which then lead to the roommate, Tyler Clementi, killing himself, has been charged with a hate crimes, and accused of deleting tweets and texts to cover his tracks. If convicted of the most serious bias charge, Ravi could face five to 10 years in prison.

See, a hate crime doesn’t always involve a bat or a beer bottle or steel-toed shoes or fists. Sometimes a camera and the internet are the weapons.

Dharun Ravi has already faced invasion of privacy charges, along with another Rutgers student, Molly Wei. Prosecutors believe Dharun Ravi used Molly Wei’s dorm room computer to activate a webcam on a computer in his room in order to view, and live stream, Clementi’s encounter. Prosecutors also say Dharun Ravi did this twice to Tyler Clementi, the last time being the day before Clementi’s suicide.

Charges against Molly Wei weren’t presented to the grand jury, and it isn’t clear if charges will ever be filed against here, or whether she helped prosecutors in the case against Ravi. Molly Wei’s attorney declined to comment.

Dharun Ravi posted a message on his now-closed Twitter account on September 19 that read: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”

Two days later, he again Tweeted: “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again.”

The indictment against Dharun Ravi states that the sexual encounter was viewed by others, and accuses Dharun Ravi of targeting Tyler Clementi and invading his privacy, knowing Clementi would be intimidated because of his sexual orientation.

The indictment also suggests Dharun Ravi tried to cover up his actions; he allegedly deleted his Twitter post in which he let his followers know about the second encounter, and replaced it with a false Tweet. Dharun Ravi is also accused of deleting text messages sent and received by witnesses, and giving false information to police.

Almost worse than all this, is that Tyler Clementi had apparently complained to the university about his roommate, and Rutgers officials have said they did all they could.
After that second video, Tyler Clementi left a note on his Facebook page: “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”  Clementi was a promising violinist–and out to his parents. He took his own life during his first weeks of college.

So you see, it isn’t fists and boots and bottles, it’s words, it’s actions, it’s Twitter. It’s hate.



Filed under Dharun Ravi, Hate Crime, Molly Wei, Tyler Clementi

>Quinn Matley Is A Liar…The Worst Kind


I’m sure you all read the story of Quinn Matley, who said he was burned on his hand by a hot piece of metal, simply because he’s gay. A hate crime, no? No, it seems that the story isn’t true, and now Quinn Matley has been charged by police in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for filing a false police report.

This disgusts me.

How many gay men and women, and men and women simply assumed to be gay, have been attacked, beaten, and killed? And how many wingnut politicians say we don’t need Hate Crimes legislation? How many people call it ‘special rights’ because every crime is a hate crime?

And then we have this young gay man, making up a story about being attacked; about a hate crime; about being persecuted for his sexual orientation. When people like Quinn Matley make up stories about being attacked for being gay, they diminish the attacks on every other man or woman who was brutalized for being gay, or being assumed to be gay.

Hey Quinn Matley? Think about Joshua Esskew [HERE] who had a beer bottle thrown at his head, and was beaten by eight strangers.

Hey Quinn Matley? Think about that nameless couple in North Carolina who had their house set on fire [HERE].

Hey Quinn Matley? Think about the victims of a gay bashing too terrified to have their names released [HERE].

Hey Quinn Matley? Think about Matthew Shepard [HERE] beaten and murdered for being gay.

Hey Quinn Matley? Think about José Sucuzhañay, who, in fact wasn’t gay, just assumed to be gay [HERE].

Hey Quinn Matley? Think about Kieran Daly [HERE] who was beaten by two marines on the streets of Savannah.

I could go on and on but it hurts too much. Go on up to the top of the page and type in ‘hate crime’ and click search. You’ll see.

I hope Quinn Matley gets punished to the fullest extent of the law. i hope he gets some jail time, or, failing that, expelled from school. And and I hope he spends a great deal of time thinking about the men and women who have been attacked for being gay, and wondering just what they think of him now,.

Because I’m sure that those men and women, like me, don’t think very much of Quinn Matley at all.


Filed under Hate Crime, LGBT, Liar, North Carolina, Quinn Matley

>It Isn’t Hate? Really? UPDATED


A couple bought a home in North Carolina. Soon after, a nasty note was left in the mailbox. Then an offensive remark was written on the house. Then, the tires of a car, parked in the garage, were slashed.

And, lastly, the home was deliberately set on fire and burned to the ground. The couple–who wish to remain anonymous–are now living in a motel.

Oh, yeah, the couple is a gay couple. The note called them sinners and told them to move. It was an anti-gay slur that was written on their home.

But this is not a hate crime because North Carolina Hate Crimes statutes don’t include sexual orientation. If the couple had been black, or Latino, or Baptist, it would have qualified, but a year of systematic torture against a gay couple is not considered hate.

Something is very wrong here.

The neighbor who reported the fire is also seeking anonymity because she fears a backlash simply for reporting a fire.

To be fair, there have been a recent string of suspicious fires in the area, but Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said this fire, being investigated as arson, does not appear to be related to those other blazes. And, while Bizzell says the sheriff’s office is aware of at least two of the incidents of harassment against the gay couple, he cannot call this a hate crime.


North Carolina needs to get its act together. Systematically harassing a couple simply because they’re gay is hate; and burning down their house is the pinnacle of hate.

In North Carolina, hate crime statutes do not include sexual orientation–the North Carolina General Statute § 14-401.14, which covers damaging another person’s property, covers only “race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin”–so unless the feds get involved this is “just arson.”



Filed under Arson, Hate Crime, LGBT, North Carolina, Uncategorized

>As If We Need Another Lesson

>It’s time we had another lesson in why we need Hate Crimes legislation everywhere in this country. But this class is only for those people who don’t believe there is a difference between hate crimes and other violent crimes.

Out in Santa Monica, a Denny’s restaurant employee was stabbed in the neck by Curtis Martin simply because the man was gay. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening and he’s expected to fully recover.

And this is how that happened.

After the restaurant was closed, Curtis Martin knocked on the window, and asked to use the restroom. He was allowed to come inside, where he met a group of Denny’s employees sitting at a table. Martin asked the victim, a waiter, if he was gay and when the victim replied that he was, he was attacked, using a knife he had brought with him.

After the attack, Martin fled, and was later apprehended and arrested.

This, for those who don’t know, is a Hate Crime. It’s hate because the victim wasn’t targeted in a robbery, or a theft, he was targeted for being gay, and only for being gay.

If Martin had stabbed the man because he wanted the man’s wallet, that would be a hateful crime, but stabbing another human being in the neck simply because they’re gay is Hate.

Pure and simple.

Class dismissed.


Filed under California, Hate Crime, Hate Crimes Legislation, LGBT

>Justice Semi-Served


Keith Phoenix, one of two men who attacked Ecuadorian immigrant José Sucuzhañay [original post HERE] and his brother Romel with anti-Latino and anti-gay slurs in Brooklyn back in 2008, was finally convicted this week of second-degree murder as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime.

Phoenix’s first trial ended in a mistrial, because, apparently, his beating of a man to death because he was maybe Latino and maybe gay was too hard for that first jury to decide.

This time Keith Phoenix was convicted on the top counts he faced and he faces as much as 40 years in prison for the murder; he will be sentenced August 5.

Hakim Scott, who helped in beating José Sucuzhañay to death was, sadly, convicted only of manslaughter and attempted assault, but not as hate crimes; he will be sentenced in July.

How anyone could say this wasn’t hate is beyond me. If it wasn’t anti-gay, it was most definitely anti-Latino, which….is…hate. How you could hear the story of two men, who beat a man to death because he was walking arm-0in-arm with another man, and not see it as a hate crime, is unfathomable.

All crimes are hateful, this one was hate.

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Filed under Hate Crime, Keith Phoenix

>Gay Bashing In Savannah


Down Savannah way, two Marines were jailed Saturday on misdemeanor battery charges after they beat up a gay man.

Misdemeanor? Seriously?

At about 4 AM, a metro police officer saw two men running on Congress Lane, and just minutes later he received a call about a man at Congress and Bull streets lying unconscious on the ground. The officer found 26-year-old Kieran Daly at that intersection.

The officer then caught up with the two men who were running away; both men, Keil Joseph Cronauer, 22, and Christopher Charles Stanzel, 23, are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Ah yes, another South Carolina connection to hate and violence

Cronauer and Stanzel told police officers that they were being harassed by a gay man–he ALLEGEDLY winked at them–and simply wanted to get away, but witnesses offered a different story. They told police one of the men grew angry because he thought Daly was winking at him and so he naturally felt obligated to strike Kieran Daly in the back of the head with his fist, knocking him unconscious.

Kieran Daly says he never winked at the men, and, in fact, tired to explain what he was doing: “I told him, ‘I was squinting, man. … I’m tired.'” Daly also said one of the men told him he demanded respect because he served in Iraq, and then hurled slurs at him as he tried to walk away. “That’s the last thing I remember is walking away.”

Kieran Daly was taken to Memorial University Medical Center and diagnosed with bruises to his brain; he suffered two seizures immediately after the attack and was expected to remain hospitalized for several days.

For ALLEGEDLY winking.

When does a wink result in a blow to the head? And when do people wake up and realize that you can’t beat someone, almost to death, because they looked at you, or because you think they looked at you, or because you’re just a homophobic pig out looking for some gay as to beat down.

This nonsense must end. The perpetrators of these types of hate crimes, and since all parties agree that the Marine thought Daly was winking at him, it qualified as a hate crime, must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

A wink shouldn’t land you in the hospital. Or in jail.


Filed under Georgia, Hate Crime, Kieran Daly, Savannah