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|Petition calls on Ga. lawmakers to enact hate crime protections|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|February 08, 2012 14:27|
Gay rights activists are hoping that Georgia lawmakers will take a recently released video of an Atlanta gang beating a man they called “faggot” as proof that the state needs meaningful hate crime legislation.
Brandon White, 20, was seen in a video uploaded to WorldStarHipHop.com early this week being beaten by an Atlanta gang calling themselves “Jack City.” The attack happened over the weekend, according to White.
A digital petition has been created in response to video, calling for Georgia's legislators to give local law enforcement the ability to investigate hate crimes.
Georgia is one of five states without hate crime legislation. In 2009, the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act added sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of federally protected statuses.
The petition reads:
With a state hate crimes law, local law enforcement personnel, police, investigators, first responders, prosecutors would have the ability and authority to investigate an alleged hate crime.
If Georgia had its own hate crime law that included sexual orientation and gender identity, there would be more training directed at the local level to investigate potential anti-LGBT crimes.
The petition has a stated goal of 1,000 signatures. As of this morning, some 20 people had added their names.
For more information, please visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/a-call-for-ga-law-makers-to-make-a-state-hate-crimes-law/
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