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Via the Anti-Violence Project, we learned this morning that there have been two violent anti-LGBTQ attacks in Brooklyn in just the last two days. One incident occurred just last night in Crown Heights, on Washington Avenue, and the victim was "a 33-year-old man was followed into his apartment building and attacked with a hammer by a man yelling anti-gay slurs." The other attack happened in Bushwick on Sunday night, when "an unidentified 28-year-old transgender...
Early Saturday morning, on Broadway near Putnam Avenue in Bushwick, an altercation occurred between a group of four men dressed as women and three other men, Cody Sigue, 22, Matthew Smith, 21, and Tavon Johnson, 17, who shouted anti-gay slurs at the group of four as they pursued them on foot; Smith shot at the group, wounding one man in the buttocks. DNAinfo reports that Smith, who had 16 prior arrests, has been charged with attempted murder, assault,...
The NYPD released statistics Wednesday that revealed a total bummer of a trend: Hate crimes against Jews and Muslims have been on the rise this year. Just in time for the Jewish High Holidays! Argh. The turning point in the increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim crimes was July 1st which also happens to be the day that tensions in the Gaza Strip became a pressing international news story. Anti-Semitic crimes went from eight reported a...