Nicholas Klopp, a 26-year-old resident of Ventura, was arrested after allegedly making a derogatory remark about a man's sexual orientation and then throwing a drinking glass him at Osabi Restaurant. The Ventura County Star reports that the victim was treated for a head wound at Community Memorial Hospital after the alleged attack while Nicholas Klopp was booked at the Ventura County Jail on $30,000 bail.
The suspect in Ventura now faces charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor hate crime. If Nicholas Klopp is formally charged with these crimes, he will likely need a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for representation and defense during court proceedings.
In 2009, the federal definition of a hate crime expanded to include attacks against people on the basis of sexual orientation. The FBI reported that about 18.5 percent of all hate crimes in the United States last year were motivated by sexual orientation bias. More than half of the hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation bias were on the basis of anti-male homosexual bias. Statistics show that 26.2 percent of hate crimes against homosexuals resulted from a general anti-homosexual bias and that only about 15 percent of these hate crimes were a result of anti-female homosexual bias.
More information on hate crimes in the state of California can be found through your local police department. Information on hate crime laws and recent hate crime legislation in the United States can be found through our Related Resources pages.