[Hpn] Harassing homeless now a crime in Seattle

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Tue, 11 Dec 2007 21:51:48 -0500


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Harassing homeless now a crime in Seattle
P-I STAFF

In a unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council on Monday passed a measure =
that makes harassing a homeless person a hate crime.

Under a law sponsored by council president Nick Licata, homeless people =
are now among those protected by the city's hate crime law prohibiting =
malicious harassment. The law already bars malicious harassment based =
upon gender identity, marital status, political ideology, age and =
parental status.

The law also makes it illegal to damage the belongings of a homeless =
person.

The move was considered largely symbolic because the city rarely charges =
people with malicious harassment. If a case is serious enough, it is =
typically forwarded to the King County Prosecutor's Office for possible =
charges under the state's law on malicious harassment.

Still, the proposal enjoyed the support of the full council, City =
Attorney Tom Carr, Mayor Greg Nickels and advocates for the homeless.

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<P>In a unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council on Monday passed a =
measure that=20
makes harassing a homeless person a hate crime.</P>
<P>Under a law sponsored by council president Nick Licata, homeless =
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now among those protected by the city's hate crime law prohibiting =
malicious=20
harassment. The law already bars malicious harassment based upon gender=20
identity, marital status, political ideology, age and parental =
status.</P>
<P>The law also makes it illegal to damage the belongings of a homeless=20
person.</P>
<P>The move was considered largely symbolic because the city rarely =
charges=20
people with malicious harassment. If a case is serious enough, it is =
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forwarded to the King County Prosecutor's Office for possible charges =
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