Indiana teen says he was attacked for being out at high school

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — A teen at at Alexandria Monroe High School says he was attacked in the boys’ locker room on Tuesday afternoon. The teen told WTHR-TV, an Indianapolis NBC affiliate, that he was attacked after getting dressed after gym class. Video was taken of the beating by other students and put out on line. WTHR said it had even been texted to the teens mother.

Gurnee man charged with hate crime after chasing biker with an icepick

GURNEE — A Gurnee man has been charged with a felony hate crime after he chased a motorcyclist who had a Mexican flag on his bike. The Lake County News-Sun reported on Thursday that Joseph L. Zens, 67, of the 37100 block of North Shirley Drive in unincorporated Gurnee was held Thursday in Lake County jail on $15,000 bail on charges that include a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault.

The man Zens chased called the police on Wednesday after he was attacked by a man wielding an ice pick and shouting racial slurs and expletives. From the Lake County News-Sun:

The man, who police said was Hispanic and had a Mexican flag on his motorcycle, had been traveling northbound on North Delany Road near Sunset Avenue in unincorporated Gurnee when a 2009 Hyundai SUV abruptly changed lanes and cut him off, according to the release. Another vehicle had been pulled over on the side of the road, but the SUV driver changed lanes “recklessly” and nearly caused a crash, said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Man charged in shooting two gay men he met on app

DETROIT — A man has been charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to rob while armed and felony firearm possession in the shooting of two gay men, one of whom died. The Detroit News reported that Demetris Nelson, 26, was charged on Friday. He faces life if convicted. From The Detroit News:

A magistrate ordered him held without bail and scheduled a probable cause hearing for July 26 and a preliminary examination into the case for Aug. 2. 
Police say Nelson shot and killed Brian Anderson, 31, and shot and critically wounded Malcom Drake, 26, both of Detroit, last Saturday during an attempted robbery.

Pride flags vandalized at church in Chicago’s Wicker Park

CHICAGO — LGBTQ and Transgender Pride flags that were hanging at Wicker Park Lutheran Church were vandalized early Sunday morning. The Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday that police are investigating it as a hate crime. This was the second time someone had damaged the flags. From the Chicago Tribune:

“So often people view the city, and more specifically a place like Wicker Park, as being really welcoming,” the church’s Rev. Jason Glombicki said Tuesday night. So the recent vandalism “makes your stomach drop and question what is going on in the community around you,” he said.

Brooklyn Lindsay is the 11th transgender woman of color killed in 2019

KANSAS CITY — Police have identified 32-year-old Brooklyn Lindsey as the transgender woman found Tuesday. Lindsay was found on the porch of an abandoned home. Police told local media that showed obvious signs of trauma but the cause of death was not immediately clear. Neighbors told CBS affiliate KCTV Lindsey had been badly beaten before they heard gunshots. Police are investigating.

Man who burned Pride flag in Ames to be charged with a hate crime

AMES — A man who was arrested for burning a LGBTQ Pride flag he’d taken from a local church last week will be charged with a hate crime. The Des Moines Register on Monday reported that Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames is charged with harassment and reckless use of fire. Last week, Martinez allegedly tore the flag down from the doorway of Ames United Church of Christ, took it to a nearby “gentlemen’s club” and set it on fire. From the Des Moines Register:

Martinez admitted to police that he lit the banner on fire with lighter fluid and a lighter after stealing it from the church, according to court documents. Ames United pastor says Martinez targeted the church’s pride flag.

LGBTQ pride flag burned in Ames, Iowa

AMES — A man has been charged in the torching of a church’s LGBTQ pride flag this week. WHO-TV, an NBC affiliate in Des Monies, on Wednesday reported that Adolfo Martinez, faces multiple charges including harassment, reckless use of fire, and theft. Police told the station that Martinez allegedly tore the flag down from the doorway of Ames United Church of Christ, took it to a nearby “gentlemen’s club” and set it on fire. Brooke Schlickte, an employee at the Dangerous Curves club, told WHO that Martinez held the flag in one hand and was spraying it with lighter fluid, which also caught another customer’s tire on fire. From WHO-TV:
“We have been preparing for violence ourselves so it’s not surprising, but it is heart breaking,” Pastor [Eileen] Gebbie said.