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Group: homeless assaults should be hate crimes

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CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio homeless advocacy group wants assaults on homeless people to be considered hate crimes under the law.

The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition says the designation of homeless people as a protected group would enhance penalties for offenders and help deter attacks.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that homeless coalition executive director Josh Spring says the proposal comes on the heels of the beating of a homeless man last weekend. Spring said one of the three men accused of the assault said they did because they were "bored."

The National Coalition for the Homeless says that since 1999 the number of crimes against homeless people resulting in death outnumber the number of deaths in crimes associated with race, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity combined.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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