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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 04:22 PM
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Puerto Rico activists demand hate crime charges amid series of gay, transgender killings
Source: Associated Press

Puerto Rico activists demand hate crime charges amid series of gay, transgender killings
By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, June 9, 3:42 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Activists are demanding that a series of killings of gays, lesbians and transgenders in Puerto Rico be treated as possible hate crimes, saying there is an alarming rate of violence against these groups on the U.S. island.

In the last year and a half, at least 18 such people have been killed, three of them just this week, but authorities refuse to treat the cases as bias crimes, Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of the gay rights group Puerto Rico for Everyone, said Thursday.

It seems they have declared open hunting season against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual people, he said.

A 2002 hate crime law in Puerto Rico covers crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but it has only been invoked in one case. If someone is found guilty of a hate crime they automatically face the maximum sentence for the underlying offense. If the offense is murder, it means life in prison.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/puerto-ric...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 04:25 PM
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 04:29 PM
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2. Recommend!!! n/t
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 04:57 PM
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3. K&R
Disgusting -- this should be front page news.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 08:19 PM
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4. wow, what's going on with 3 "just this week"?
obv. these are hate crimes and need to be treated as such, i think we can ALL agree on that, but what is causing the uprising in these hate crimes all of a sudden?

is it a serial killer? is there something we can do to put a stop to this NOW rather than waiting for legislation to catch up to the evildoers? was there a few years ago and everything was pretty cool then...what's happening? is there a puerto rican rush limbaugh stirring up hate or something?
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