Target: The Louisville Metro Police Department
Goal: The Louisville Metro Police Department must present evidence to the courts suggesting that the brutal beating of a lesbian teen was motivated by anti-gay sentiments.
When a 16-year-old girl in Louisville, Kentucky recently took a late-night trip to a local convenience store with two friends, she was viciously beaten. The adult male perpetrators hurled anti-gay slurs along with their fists during the heartless attack. However, the courts must decide whether or not the attack on this girl can be recognized as a hate crime. Right now, the Louisville Metro Police Department suggests that this attack was a robbery. The victim in this case was put through enough pain and degradation. Tell the Louisville Metro Police Department that it must recognize this assault as bias-fueled.
“This was a hate crime. There was hate slurs thrown. It was not a robbery,” Brenda Hickerson, a family friend of the victim, told WAVE 3 Louis, a local station. “She is a very proud lesbian girl and they were attacked for that very reason.”
The Huffington Post reported that the three adult men who beat the teen left her with a broken jaw and missing teeth, in addition to minor bruises over her body. One of her friends, who stepped up to defend her from the assault, suffered from a concussion.
“She was on the ground with blood just pouring out of her face,” Hickerson said. “These grown men put her on the ground, kicked her in her stomach, kicked her in her face and punched her in the face and kept going until a bystander yelled stop and called 911.”
According to the Post, the Louisville Metro Police Department claims to be “looking into” the case, but is currently calling it “a robbery.” The assailants managed to snatch a cellphone from the teens before fleeing.
Though the Human Rights Campaign reports that Kentucky does have a hate crime law in place that protects gay and lesbian victims of biased attacks, it is up to the courts to decide whether or not the attack against this teen can be ruled as such. By signing the petition below, you will urge the Louisville Metro Police Department to further look into evidence suggesting that this attack was a hate crime.
Dear Louisville Metro Police Department,
The case of the 16-year-old girl in Louisville, Kentucky who was a recent victim of an anti-gay assault must be considered a hate crime. It has been widely reported that the adult male perpetrators hurled anti-gay slurs along with their fists during the bias-motivated attack. Now, you must act to ensure that hate-fueled attacks against LGBT people are punished as the hate crimes they are.
LGBT people in the state of Kentucky deserve to be treated with fairness and equality. Crimes meant to incite fear in the gay and lesbian community and those who support it must not be tolerated.
It is imperative that you urge the courts to classify this assault as a hate crime. Please commit to taking action immediately.
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