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Anti-Gay Hate Crime: 2 Dallas Men Attacked, Beaten With Baseball Bats

by David Badash on March 14, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Hate Crimes,News

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A brutal anti-gay hate crime has been reported in Dallas, Texas. Very early Tuesday morning two men in Dallas were attacked and beaten with baseball bats by up to five other men who called them “fags” and “sissies” from their car. The Dallas police have already labeled the attack a hate crime and have involved the FBI, the Dallas Voice reports:

One of the victims said he was struck at least four times in the head with a bat and lost consciousness until after the suspects left. The other victim attempted to fight back and got caught in the passenger side of the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects dragged the victim an unknown distance before he could free himself.

The victims then transported themselves to Medical City Hospital, according to reports. Officers who responded to the hospital described the victims’ injuries as cuts to the head and nose, bruising and swelling to the cheek and eye socket, chipped upper teeth, and abrasions to the toe, finger, shoulder and stomach.

Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, said the victims’ injuries aren’t life-threatening.

Last month, one suspect in a Dallas-area hate crime from last year, the brutal beating of Burke Burnett pled guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and to a hate crime charge, and received an eight-year sentence. Two other suspects remain.


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