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A Chicago teen was severely hurt in a horrific attack fueled by homophobia.

Amari Graves, 15, was confronted by several attackers on her way to a store on Tuesday (July 31), WMAQ-TV in Chicago, reported. One of Graves’ classmates, as well as several adults whose names were not released, stomped and kicked the teen in the unprovoked beating. Graves was also sprayed with mace and her clothes were ripped by the attackers.

“They all got out and walked up to me,” Graves said before referring to one of the specific attackers. “When I was walking she tried to pull a bat out and swing it at me.”

The group also used a homophobic slur to refer to Graves, who identifies as LGBT. The beating was a hate crime, Catina Parks-Dorsey, Graves’ mother, said, pleading for an arrests to be made.

“Absolutely nothing was done,” Parks-Dorsey said. “No one was taken into custody, they told me I had to swear out my own warrant [make an accusation under oath to secure a warrant] to have them arrested.”

She continued, “[It’s] devastating to know you weren’t there to protect your child. I want them locked up.”

The attackers should all be charged with a hate crime and sexual assault, Parks-Dorsey also said.

As of now, Chicago police are sorting through the details of the case. They will present their findings to a state’s attorney office that will make a decision about bringing charges. If the adult attackers are convicted of charges, they could face fines and jail time. As Graves and Parks-Dorsey await a decision for justice, they are weighing through the pain of the vicious attack that has impacted their lives.




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10 thoughts on “Chicago Teen Beaten, Hit With Homophobic Slurs In Hateful Crime

  1. americanize on said:

    @kates Typical response from a white supremist such as you,when a white person denies racism exist they themselves are white supremist its called being on code.

    • It’s always annoying when someone with remedial reading comprehension skills replies to a comment and completely misses the point. AND resorts to name calling. I never once denied that racism exists. Now, go back and very slowly read my comment and see if you can manage to grasp the concept of the message, then come back and I’ll grade you. Now, off you go and good luck!

  2. Ugly, Ugly, Ugly!!!!!
    Homophobia seems to run rampant in our community.
    Ever heard of –LIVE AND LET LIVE!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope all of the TURDS who viciously beat that young girl are apprehended and JAILED!!!!!!!!

  3. americanize on said:

    This is what a race war looks like.If you have to walk the streets don’t do it alone,armed yourselves and get license to carry this is not a game,black folks are playing checkers,white supremacist are playing chess.Black America you have no friends.

      • americanize on said:

        No No mt black people don,t have the power to be racist,white supremist do the damage to the black community,and I stand by my statement.

      • White supremacist don’t do damage to the black community. They haven’t been interested in doing damage to the black community in many years. They decided to work smarter not harder. So, they sit back, relax and watch us do their job for them. They also realize we can do a much more thorough job than they ever could.

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