Thursday, June 18, 2009

There's more to the report.

Group: Gay bias killings highest since 1999 - Las Vegas Sun (via AP)

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Upon initial inspection, the article is simply about the rise in bias crimes. But if you dig deeper, the following just gives another reason for why there's a need for expanded federal hate-crime legislation, and that law enforcement officials could probably use more training on LGBT human rights issues.
Coalition officials say their figures are more accurate than those from law enforcement agencies. As an example, they say, the FBI doesn't record bias crimes against transgender people because gender identity isn't covered by federal hate-crime law.

Also, victims sometimes are reluctant to report bias incidents to police because they don't want to reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity and/or they fear bias from police, officials said.

Reports of physical abuse by police increased to 25 incidents last year from 10 in 2007, the report said.

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Officials weren't sure whether reported increases were attributable to more people reporting incidents or an actual rise.

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