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Man Arrested In Horrific Shooting of Texas Teen Lesbian Couple Back in 2012

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On Friday, authorities arrested the man they believe is responsible for the shooting of a teen lesbian couple near Corpus Christi, Texas two years ago that left one of the girls dead and the other in serious condition.

NBC News reports:

StricklandDavid Malcolm Strickland, 27, was arrested Friday by U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers in the San Antonio suburb of Helotes, local media reported. U.S. Marshals, Texas Rangers and the police officers from Portland, where the attack occurred, detained Strickland and his wife, Laura Kimberly, 23.

He is facing charges of capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and aggravated sexual assault in the June 23, 2012, attack on Mollie Olgin, 19, who died in the shooting in Portland on the Corpus Christi Bay. Olgin's girlfriend, Kristene Chapa, then 18, survived. His wife faces charges of tampering with evidence.

Wrote Chapa on Facebook:

Thanks everyone for the texts, messages, and calls but my family and I are just kinda in shock and just shook up We need time to let it sink and just process the news we've waited on for 2 years please keep us in your prayers


Here is the Unedited Video of the Pittsburgh Cop Violently Arresting the Woman at Gay Pride: WATCH

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Yesterday we posted a video which had been circulating on social media which showed a Pittsburgh cop violently assaulting a woman at the city's Gay Pride festival over the weekend.

OfficerReuters now has more on the incident:

Moments into the shaky 15-second video clip that was shared widely on social media, Souroth Chatterji, a male police officer, can be seen dragging Ariel Lawther, 19, who attended the march, down by the hair and punching her in her torso.

Lawther was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. A criminal complaint said Lawther had been in an altercation with an anti-gay protester, and then began hitting the officer as he tried to break up the fight, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Chatterji has been placed on desk duty for 30 days while the incident is investigated.

Mayor Bill Peduto reacted to the incident yesterday, saying: "I just want to reassure the people that this is a new day, we won't look the other way when incidents like this happen. And we want to assure everybody, and that includes both the public and the police, that we want fairness."

A longer, unedited video emerged online and shows verbal exchanges between a group of women and a street preacher before the assault, however, it does not appear to show anything that would inspire the violent arrest seen on the clip.

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Teen Arrested in Connection With Beating of Gay Man at Detroit’s Gay Pride Festival

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Police have arrested a 16-year-old in connection with the beating of Christin Howard – the 20-year-old Detroit gay man taunted and attacked by a group of males during the Motor City Pride festival earlier this month.

Detroit Free Press  reports:

Christin Howard“I know that they will catch the rest of them,” Tammara Howard said. “Thank God they caught this one. Those guys were totally wrong with what they did to my son. If there are people walking around here that cruel and mean, everyone wants justice and wants those boys to go to jail.”

Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said Friday afternoon that the juvenile is in custody and a warrant request has been forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Details of the allegations against the juvenile haven’t yet been released. Moreno said several witnesses have come forward to help identify multiple suspects.

Tammara Howard called the beating “disgusting” and said her son is recovering well from the attack, which left him with a fractured finger, damage to his left eye and several bruises on his back and face.


Gay Austrian Politician Attacked with Acid at Pride Parade

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Austria's first openly gay politician, Ulrike Lunacek, was attacked with acid at Vienna's Rainbow Parade on Friday, The Local reports:

An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at the politician as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of the parade. Lunacek and the interview team were not injured.

The acid damaged the Greens MP's clothes and the camera equipment. According to police spokeswoman Barbara Riehs, the acid caused around €50,000 worth of damage to the electronic equipment. The attacker had not yet been found on Sunday.

Organizers said more than 150,000 people were at the parade which circumnavigates the city's historic downtown area.

Said Lunacek:

"Never before has there been an attack at the Rainbow Parade," said Lunacek at the end of the event at Vienna's City Hall. These kinds of isolated cases showed that the fight for tolerance, acceptance and respect in Austria was not over. People who spread fear and hate needed to be opposed, she added. Homosexuals and transgender people needed to combat fear and show that they were not only part of society, but at the centre of it."

Lunacek (pictured in green on the float, below) tweeted on Monday: "Commitment for equality + EU strategy gg. Homophobia continues unabated. Thank you for support!"


Gay Men Targeted, Partially Blinded in Homophobic Bleach Attack in London

Three London men were sprayed with a concentrated ammonia solution in two separate attacks outside the Lightbox club in South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall.

LondonOne of the attacks was on a 23-year-old gay man from south-west London and his 21-year-old friend after they had begun talking to three people outside the club because it was after closing time, the Evening Standard reports:

When the women, said to be East European, discovered the pair were gay they began screaming homophobic abuse.

The victim said:

“As we walked away I heard a man shout ‘Oi! Come here.’ At first I thought it was the doorman saying he’d changed his mind and we could go in. Then I saw this white guy with a beard, and his hand coming up with a water bottle that he squirted really hard into my face. It went right in my eyes and it sprayed into my friend’s mouth. My face was burning so much, I thought it was acid. I thought I would never see again and my face was melting. He poured every last drop onto us and then turned around and walked away, like it was mission accomplished. The chemical burnt the cornea in my left eye and the vision hasn’t cleared since. The doctors said it should hopefully return but there is no guarantee. My friend’s tongue was swollen and it looked like someone had scratched part of it away. It was horrible. ”

A similar attack targeted a third man in a nearby location.

Said Scotland Yard to the paper: "Following comments made during the exchange, this incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime."

All three men have been treated at hospitals and released.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspects.


Suspect in Homicide of Two Gay Men in Seattle on the Run

Two gay men were shot and killed on Sunday morning in Seattle while walking home from a club in the Leschi neighborhood and police are investigating it as a possible hate crime, KIRO reports:

MaluFriends of Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, told KIRO-7 they feel the two were very likely targeted because they were gay.

“It very much sounds like a hate crime," said Tyler Rollins, while visiting a growing memorial at the site where both were gunned down.

...Neither man had a criminal history.

Police initially received information linking Matalepuna Malu (pictured, above), 26, to the murders, and are now working to identify other suspects in the case. Malu was arrested after he went to the Seattle Police Department headquarters and turned himself in Sunday.

Malu has not yet been charged with their murders and police have not referred the case to the prosecutor's office -- an unusual step after a double homicide arrest.

A second suspect has been identified and is on the run:

The second suspect is Ali Muhammed Brown, a black man who is 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds with brown eyes. Brown is 30-years-old and believed to be a transient who has previously frequented the South King County area, police said.

He’s believed to be armed and dangerous.

Brown's photo below:

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