Laughing at the victim. Pepper spray. Screaming faggot. These are the ingredients going into Florida’s latest hate crime charge: ” A Fort Lauderdale couple is accused of twice attacking a gay man, and on Friday police labeled the attack a hate crime. Ricardo Rivera, 53, and Bedsaida Rivera, 49, are each charged with one count of battery. Having their attack labeled a hate crime doesn’t change the charges, Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sousa said, but it does mean they face stiffer penalties if found guilty.” All over an argument about … noise? [Miami Herald]

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