News SPD Ignoring Gay Bashing in Belltown?
posted by August 8 at 15:24 PMon
Last Saturday night, a 47-year-old Seattle man and his 32-year-old friend were attacked by a group of young men in Belltown after, they say, one of the suspects asked if they were gay, and they’re concerned SPD isn’t investigating the case as a hate crime.
According to the police report, the two men were on the 2200 block of 1st avenue, just after 11:30PM, when they passed a group of young men, one of whom was urinating on the street.
According to the 32-year-old man, one of the urinating man’s friends asked the 47 year-old “if [we] were gay [and] started offering us money to say their friend had a little penis.”
When the 47-year-old man told the group of young men that he is gay, the man who had been urinating came over and punched him several times, leaving the 47-year-old with a black eye and bloodied nose, before fleeing the area.
The 32-year-old man called the police on his cell phone while he chased the suspect down the street, before losing him in a crowd.
When police arrived, the two men described the suspect and told the officer that they had been attacked after the man asked if they were gay. According to the 32-year-old man, the officer told them “that’s your deal.” The officer’s report does not indicate the assault is being pursued as a hate crime.
The other men in the group identified the suspect but, according to the police report, he
is still “at large.”
SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson says that assaults have to meet a specific criteria before they are pursued as a hate crime. He did not know whether this case was going to be investigated as anything more than an assault.