For no reason whatsoever last week, 24-year-old Shane Carey was savagely beaten in Center City Philadelphia by a group of thugs. The beating left him with a fractured jaw. The story has gotten very little media attention, barely a blip on the radar.
Farnese insisted something must be done to increase the penalty for criminals who target specific classes of victims.
City council members are introducing a bill that adds hate crimes to the individual conduct portion of the city code.
Several years ago, citing a procedural error, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a law that made assault due to sexual orientation a hate crime.
“Matt is no longer with us because two men learned — they learned — that it was okay to hate,” Judy Shepard said.