Transgender Woman Brutally Beaten in Queens Bias Attack – TLDEF Demands Full Investigation Into Hate Crime

Note After getting burned on the last announcement of what I thought was a brutal hate crime I have been less  into posting these reports.  This one is reliably sourced and that is why I am posting it

http://transgenderlegal.org/headline_show.php?id=120

We’re sad to bring you the news of another brutal attack on a transgender woman, this one coming during the height of LGBT Pride month.  On June 19, 2009, at approximately 2:30 am, Leslie Mora was walking home from a nightclub on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens when she was accosted by two men who brutally beat her with a belt.  They stopped only when a passing motorist threatened to call the police.  Throughout the attack, Leslie’s assailants called her a “faggot” in Spanish.  The attack left Leslie with multiple injuries, including bruises all over her body, and stitches in her scalp.  Police called to the scene found Leslie nearly naked and bleeding on the sidewalk.  They also recovered a belt buckle from the assailants that was covered in blood.

The Queens County District Attorney Must Investigate this Brutal Attack as a Hate Crime

We’ve demanded that the Queens County District Attorney investigate this brutal attack as a hate crime.  Leslie was beaten with a belt while her assailants called her a ‘faggot.’  While Leslie is a transgender woman, her attackers perceived her to be gay.  State law currently classifies it as a hate crime for an individual to target and attack a victim because of the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.  Leslie’s assault is a hate crime because her attackers perceived her to be gay and targeted her for violence because of that perception.  This is as clear a case for prosecution as a hate crime as any we have seen.

Her assailants, Trinidad Tapia, 19, and Gilberto Ortiz, 32, fled the scene but were arrested by police soon after the attack.  Both were charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, a felony, and released on their own recognizance.  The Queens County District Attorney has declined to investigate the attack as a hate crime.

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