Target: Lincoln Police Department
Goal: The swift arrest and prosecution of three men guilty of committing a hate crime against a Nebraska lesbian
A Lincoln, Nebraska woman was hospitalized recently after being assaulted in her own home by a trio of masked men who broke into her home, bound her with zip ties, and carved homophobic slurs into her skin as well as spray painting them in her basement before attempting to light her house on fire and leaving her. Investigators have stated that it is too early yet to determine if the assault was a hate crime, but as friends and family have confirmed that the victim was a lesbian, it seems unlikely that this was not part of the motivation.
The men responsible remain at large and unidentified, for the time being, but a local LGBT rights organization stated they have “full faith” that police efforts will be fruitful. With over 500 Nebraska residents gathering for a candlelight vigil held in honor of the victim at state capitol the weekend of the attack, it is clear that this kind of dangerous bigotry and violence will not be tolerated. Ask the Lincoln, Nebraska police department to put forth all its best efforts in tracking and arresting these criminals, and ensure that they are brought to trial and charged to the fullest extent for their crimes.
Dear Police Department of Lincoln, Nebraska,
I am writing to demand that all possible efforts be put forth in securing swift justice for the unidentified Lincoln woman who was assaulted in her own home this weekend by unidentified men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach as well as spray painting them in her basement and attempting to light her house on fire. At this time, investigators have not officially classified what took place as a hate crime, but it seems clear from the evidence that an anti-LGBT bias was one motive for these actions.
The federal law which allows for prosecution of hate crimes based on sexuality, signed by President Obama in 2009, got its first official test in May, but the exact laws and provisions around prosecuting for anti-gay hate crimes remains fuzzy in many cities and states, including Nebraska. Set an example and prove that Lincoln will not tolerate crime that targets someone based on their actual or perceived sexuality or gender identity. Find and arrest these criminals, and ensure they are charged as perpetrators of a hate crime to the fullest extent possible.
[Your Name Here]
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