Man faces hate crime charges for attacking 2 trans women

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: A police car is parked at a crime scene where three people were shot on June 10, 2015 in the Gowanus area of the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. In an effort to combat the rise in murders and shootings, hundreds of additional New York City Police Officers will begin walking city streets as part of an aggressive NYPD initiative called "Summer All Out." About 330 officers will be taken off of administrative duty to patrol the streets in some of the city's most violent neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trans women from New York were in the Jackson Heights neighbourhood on St. Patrick’s Day as a man began to abuse them verbally with homophobic and transphobic slurs. He then attacked one of the women, throwing her to the ground and punching her repeatedly. He momentarily left the scene but came back with a cane which he used to hit the other women, who he also punched in the face. The attacker was later identified as Patrick O’Meara, a 38-year-old man that had been arrested 8 times before. Now he is free on bail pending the trial.The attack has been described as horrifying, and local campaigners have pledged to send a message that LGBT violence is not welcome in the neighbourhood, or anywhere else in New York City. The attacker will be trialed by the end of March

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