Radical Self-defense

While there are many social prisoners whose cases would fall under the heading of self-defense, prisoners in this category listed on this site are those who participated in social movement prior to their incarceration and in many cases are from the LGBTQI community and/or obviously had the court biased against them.

Luke O'Donovan

On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Luke O’Donovan attended a house party in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia. Luke was seen dancing with and kissing other men at the party. Later in the night he was insulted with homophobic slurs, and attacked by several people at once. Luke unsuccessfully attempted to escape, at which point several witnesses reported watching between 5 and 12 men ganging-up on Luke and stomping on his head and body, evidently with the intent to kill him. Luke was called a faggot before and during the attack.

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