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Spokane minister not guilty of hate crime

A local minister was acquitted of a hate crime charge last week by convincing a jury he was acting in defense of his home when he allegedly used a gay slur while throwing out his estranged son and another man. The incident, in which Derrick G. Moore, 51, physically removed the two men from a shower in his home, prompted felony charges of malicious harassment from the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office. One of the men received a cut above his eye in the scuffle.

Handling of Spokane transgender attack detailed in report

The Spokane police officer in charge of the initial response to the assault of a transgender woman in Boots Bakery and Lounge said witnesses didn’t report any sexual slurs or hate speech the night of the incident. The victim, Jacina Scamahorn, and some witnesses of the attack on Jan. 30 have criticized emergency responders for not taking her assault seriously and for being rude.

Shawn Vestal: It took a while, but cruel news spread fast

All day Saturday, Alison Collins was waiting for something to happen. For the police to stop by with follow-up questions. For the news media to report what had happened. For the community to stand up and say … something.

Two men deny accusations in assault of transgender woman

The two men accused of assaulting a transgender woman Friday after she spat in one of their faces outside a downtown bakery and bar are denying they taunted her or hit and kicked her multiple times. Adam R. Flippen and Marc A. Fessler were released from jail without having to post bond following a brief court appearance Wednesday.

Two men arrested in beating of transgender woman

Two men suspected of beating a transgender woman in downtown Spokane were arrested Tuesday, eight hours after police sought the public’s help to identify the attackers. The victim of the attack, Jacina Carla Scamahorn, said she was at Boots Bakery, 20 W. Main Ave., Friday night when she was beaten by two men, who broke bones in her face.

Court upholds harassment conviction

BOISE – A unanimous Idaho Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Frank Tankovich for malicious harassment and conspiracy after a 2009 incident in which he and his two brothers, in a truck festooned with a swastika, harassed a man of Puerto Rican descent outside his Coeur d’Alene home. “We find ample evidence to support the jury’s finding that Tankovich was motivated by racial animus,” Appeals Court Judge Karen Lansing wrote in the decision, issued Thursday.

Three brothers accused of hate-crime assaults

A 19-year-old man and his two brothers have been charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking people because of their race. Deven James-Allen Hood is accused of smashing car windows and beating people Jan. 20 in what police allege was a hate-fueled drive through Spokane.

Hate crime alleged in attack on gay teen

Two teenage boys are accused of damaging a Spokane Valley teenager's property because he is gay. Andrey A. Babakov, 17; and Svitoslav A. Liashedko, 16; pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and malicious harassment - a hate crime - for an alleged...