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Tackling Anti-LGBT Hate in Texas

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

We told you yesterday about the swift and commendable response of the Arlington Police Department to acts of vandalism that included anti-LGB slurs on a same-sex couple’s car.

The actions of the APD are commendable and deserve broad recognition. It’s a shining example of the system working and those entrusted with protecting us doing just that. It also sends a strong message that everyone – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – deserves to feel safe and respected in their communities.

The Dallas Morning News is on the story as well, explaining why police are recommending the DA pursue charges under Texas’ hate crimes protections:

Most significantly, one of the victims appeared to have been chosen “based upon bias and prejudice related to their sexual orientation,” according to the cops.

These hatemongers did not take into account two things. The first is that Arlington police, to their credit, took this very seriously from the very beginning. The second is that the investigation quickly discovered that the crime had been captured on “excellent” surveillance video, which made the identification of the suspects pretty easy.

Read the full piece.

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