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NYC’s First Anti-Gay Violent Hate Crime This Month May Have Been By The NYPD

by David Badash on June 10, 2013

in News

Members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) are being accused of anti-LGBT violence in what may be the first report in June. New York City recently has seen a spike in anti-gay hate crime violence, more than doubling this year over the same period last year. In May, there were eleven victims of anti-LGBT violence, and for the year, there have been almost 30.

The attack, which happened on June 3 but is just being made public now, was in Brooklyn, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

“Three openly gay men, Josh Williams, Ben Collins, and Antonio Maenza, reported that they were walking past the 79th Precinct when an NYPD officer accused one of the men of public urination and attacked him, throwing him against a police car,” the Anti-Violence Project reports:

The officer was joined by other officers who also attacked the man, throwing him to the ground and pepper spraying him while he was in handcuffs. The survivor was handcuffed tightly, causing lacerations. The survivor’s injuries were treated at a hospital, where he was again restrained with wrist and ankle cuffs. The group of officers also arrested the other two survivors.

The video, below, is disturbing and contains harsh language. It is best viewed in HD and full screen:

The Anti-Violence Project adds they “will hold a Press Conference on Tuesday, June 11th at 2 pm in response to a bias-motivated assault of Josh Williams, Ben Collins, and Antonio Maenza, three openly gay men in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn on Sunday, June 3rd by New York Police Department (NYPD) officers.”

The survivors reported that they were walking past the 79th Precinct when an NYPD officer accused one of the men of public urination and attacked him, throwing him against a police car. The officer was joined by other officers who also attacked the man, throwing him to the ground and pepper spraying him while he was in handcuffs. The survivor was handcuffed tightly, causing lacerations. The survivor’s injuries were treated at a hospital, where he was again restrained with wrist and ankle cuffs. The group of officers also arrested the other two survivors.

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mycos June 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

What angers me is that we've known for decades about the association between racism, homophobia, bigotry…the desire to use violence on these and other non-conventional sorts…and those who opt for careers in police or security/prisons occupations. Yet there has been no effort to remove an easily detected personality type (RWA-SDO Personality) that costs cities hundreds of millions in damage awards to victims of this pathology , not to mention all the crime that goes unsolved simply because the personality has poor cognitive-analytical skills of the sort required to accurately solve crimes.

Here's a passage found in a fairly old edition of a 1st year university psychology textbook (Crooks & Stein, 1991).

"It appears that an authoritarian personality has pathological dimensions manifested in violence and distorted psycho-sexual development" (Boshier, 1983 ). This is supported by a study conducted by Walker, Rowe, and Quincey (1993) in which there was a direct correlation between authoritarianism and sexually aggressive behavior. An investigation done by Muehlenhard (1988) revealed that rape justification and aggression toward subordinate individuals was much higher in the authoritarian personality than non-RWA personalities."

So its quite consistent with our finding that inmates at San Quentin prison obtained the highest mean F-Scale (an early version of the RWA scale) of all of the groups we studied.

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