S.1765 - Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act of 2009

A bill to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless. as introduced.
  • Short: Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act of 2009 as introduced.

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  • baylorfrawg 12/31/2009 12:42pm

    This is ridiculous. You know what would be easier? We should just make a law saying any crime against any person other than a white male (unless you’re homosexual or now homeless) is a crime. That way we won’t have to keep wasting time and money trying to lump more people into the ‘hated’ group.

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    jrreich 01/04/2010 11:44am

    Amen, furthermore it is ridiculous that the perceived motive of a crime somehow makes the crime more or less egregious. Is a victim of a non-hate crime any less of a victim?

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    jenijenkins 04/08/2010 10:31am

    People are attacked everyday because they are homeless or perceived as homeless and because there is a perception that nobody cares. Our culture treats those w/out homes as scum as if they are not human. I work with 100’s of individuals who are homeless-all with different reasons for becoming homeless. I get to hear the constant stories, like how an individual I know was lit on fire while he slept on the street in December; another was picked up and smashed into the ground and beaten in February, with every bone in his face broken and as a result was in a coma for two weeks, while doctors tried to put his face back together. I know at least 10 individuals who are or have been homeless that say they were attacked but they never reported it. When I ask"why" they all answer the same: “why should I, nobody cares.” The message of this bill is to make it clear that our society does not tolerate this kind of hate. Doing nothing is “ridiculous” and validates the crimes.

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    Trhubbell 02/11/2010 1:34pm
    You are exactly right! When is it going to stop!? You can’t make a crime a higher offense just beause it affects a certain group! Whatever happened to people being equal in the eyes of the law, and protection of their freedsoms!? Now, the homeless, gays, and people of color are MORE equal than everyone else.
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    jenijenkins 04/08/2010 10:42am

    If white males were attacked on a daily basis, with HATE in the attackers for being white males, then we as a culture would have a responsibility to respond. As far as I know this hasn’t been an issue, or has it? If so, you should be reporting it. This bill is about addressing the hate that has defined our country for so long:
    -African Americans have been murdered, mutilated, raped and beaten for 300 years in the US.
    -The indigenous people of this country were, raped, murdered, forced to assimilate and forced onto barren land.
    -Jews have been persecuted and murdered all over the world for being Jewish. Need I go on? Or would you not consider these hate crimes?

  • M4Finny 01/13/2010 2:57pm

    This is just another “special interest” payback bill. It will go nowhere as it is redundant. It is appalling that anyone would kill anyone. We don’t need special laws. Make all murder cases death penalty eligible in your own States and tell the Federal government that these blanket laws are not needed.

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    Shelia 01/27/2010 6:44am

    Just what I was thinking. No matter what the reason for murder, it’s murder. The punishment should be the same. A homeless man’s or lesbian’s life is more valuable than anyone else’s?

  • Anonymous 01/18/2010 5:51am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et042-Ii__U

  • Anonymous 01/19/2010 7:43am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_-nLI5w4Pk

  • Anonymous 01/19/2010 12:09pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0i4sJqHPUk

  • GKP 02/25/2010 1:45am

    I agree that a crime is a a crime and should be treated as such regardless of who the victim is…no victim feels loved regardless of what group of the population they are in and if they are in a “hated group” then the true winner is the lawyer who can charge more for his hours of reading and the true loser is the victim.

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    jenijenkins 04/08/2010 10:45am

    Most lawyers who try hate crimes, don’t get compensation.


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