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Hate crimes reported in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor

By |2018-01-16T02:59:42-05:00December 17th, 2009|News|

BENTON HARBOR – A Benton Harbor resident was attacked over the weekend of Dec. 11-13 in what is believed to be hate-motivated violence based on his sexual orientation. Another similar incident was reported to St. Joseph police a few weeks earlier.
Both attacks occurred at local gas stations. No arrests have been made.
The OutCenter of of Berrien County expressed deep concern over the violent attacks, urging local law enforement authorities to work hard to catch the purpetrators.
The center also encouraged LGBT residents of the west Michigan area to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid travelling alone, if possible.
“We must work together as a community to stop hate crimes,” said Jennifer Hsu, executive director of the OutCenter.
“The OutCenter is committed to putting an end to bigotry and prejudice against LGBT persons and stands ready to work with allies in southwest Michigan to make this community safe for all people.”
If you or someone you know is a survivor of LGBT discrimination or hate violence please contact the OutCenter at 269-925-8330 or visit their Web site at

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