Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hate Crimes Come in Many Different Forms

Hate crimes (also known as bias motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation.[1]

Hate crime can take many forms. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters.[2]


A resident in Los Angeles who hanged an effigy of Sarah Palin from the chimney of his house will not face action by local police.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's office said Mr Morrisette has not committed an official offence because the doll (actually a life sized mannequin) is part of a Halloween display.

He further stated that however, because potential hate crimes are looked at on a case-by-case basis, a complaint about an effigy of Barack Obama would have to be handled differently.

"That adds a whole other social, historical hate aspect to the display, and that is embedded in the consciousness of the country," he said.

It would be "ill-advised" for anyone to speculate on whether that would be a hate crime, he added.


Well, I've got a news flash for LA Sheriff's Department spokesman, Steve Whitmore, Sarah Palin fits into three of the criteria for the object of a hate crime: gender, religion, and political affiliation. But they know that. JC

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