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  • Philly Hate Attack Mob Claiming Self Defense After Brutal Beating Sends Gay Men To Hospital

    Members of a gang of about 12 twenty-somethings are claiming they were acting in self-defense after attacking two gay men in Philadelphia.

    On September 11, two gay men were attacked by a gang of about 12 friends in their 20's. The men were on their way to dinner, the group was leaving a posh downtown Philadelphia restaurant. Police describe them as "a group of approximately 10-12 white male and females all in their early 20's, clean-cut and well-dressed." Other reports have described them as "preppy."

    According to multiple reports, the two men, 26 and 28-years old, were asked by members of the group, all friends who had attended a local Catholic high school together, if they were a couple. Not in a nice way.

    "Is this your f***ing boyfriend?," was one of the questions one of the 12 had for the two men. "Are you a dirty fag?" was another.

    And then, according to the victims, "I said yes I am a dirty fag and he punched me in the face."

    That was just the beginning.

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    "The victims say the group of attackers were yelling homophobic slurs during the beating," WTXF-TV reported. "Then, they took off leaving one of the men in a pool of his own blood."

    "When I saw 3 or 4 of these guys on me, I turned around and saw his head hit the ground like hard and didn't come up and I was horrified. I thought he was dead," said the victim. 

    This image was taken by Caryn Kunkle. "This is what a hate crime looks like," Kunkle writes on Instagram. "Detectives and media are all over this case, which happened to my two gay friends in Center City, Philadelphia, on Thursday night." 

    But now, according to multiple sources, the attackers -- who have been interviewed but not arrested by police-- are claiming the 12 against two fight was self defense.

    Philly Mag's Victor Fiorillo interviewed a witness who saw the attack from his third floor apartment.

    Geoff Nagle says there's no way it was self defense.

    "I don't see how it could be self-defense," Nagle says. "There were 12 people there. The self-defense thing is a little crazy to me. It wasn't like a guy just threw a punch to protect himself and ran away. That's not what happened here. There were multiple punches to the one guy's face — on both sides of his face."

    Nagle says the entire group was not directly involved in the violence. (Although there were many who stood and watched without calling the cops. Nagle did and notes police were there "within a minute.")

    "There was really one guy that inflicted what I saw. The punches I saw from him were what knocked the one guy out. You see those kinds of punches in boxing matches a little bit, but you don't see them in person. It really connected. The guy got knocked out cold."

    "I could also hear some slurs like 'fucking faggot' and I also heard someone say 'I am sick of this fucking faggot.' If you saw the victims, they were small, not as large as the two guys."

    Pennsylvania is one of many states that does not include sexual orientation in its hate crimes law, so even though the police originally characterized the attack as a hate crime, it cannot be prosecuted as one.

     

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    • commented 2014-09-28 12:38:48 -0400
      I find this Claim of Self Defense Utterly Disgusting , can someone explain to me why the Straight Crowd is saying that the One of the Gay guy’s threw the first punches , knowing full well that the odds were 2 to 1 against him . "Just because We’re Gay doesn’t mean we down right Stupid ". and why no one from the crowd of Straight Males and Females walked away with out as much as a scratch .None of them went to the Hospital for any kind of Treatment .But that’s how their Attorney Will play it out in their Defense that their innocent none of the 12 started anything it was always the 2 Gay guy’s that started the whole thing . Thanks to the Philadelphia Police Department , they wrote a Report wording it as someone from the group of the 12 who threw the first punch and while doing so yelling “Homophobic Insults” That Really Sounds like what Adults do , no that sounds more like what Children would do .

    • commented 2014-09-27 02:47:16 -0400
      I seriously hope these people who were the direct assailants as well as the others who were involved through criminal neglect suffer a world of shit that impacts them for the rest of their lives. Enough is enough.

    • commented 2014-09-20 15:12:14 -0400
      Will Jones….you are disgusting.

      The Roman Anti-Christ’s priestly-molested spawn is quick to take blood to “prove” their being buggered didn’t erase their masculinity. Run a correlation between Roman Catholic altarboys and mass-murderers…just for “laughs.” No mystery how Rome manages to push their bullyboy victims into position as cops, CIA and FBI agents, soldiers, and assassins.

      First off I would LOVE to punch your face in, I truly would, for calling us priestly-moleted spawn. That is lower than these scum priests claiming we seduced them.

      Oh and as far as the altar boys whom were molested being mass murderers, or cops, CIA, FBI and soldiers and assassins…what planet and universe do YOU reside in?

      Priest rape victims have the hightest rate of suicide than any other type of rape victim. As for their being mass murderers? Where is your proof of this?

      Yeah, losers like YOU get me mad enough to want to punch your lights out.

    • commented 2014-09-20 15:06:55 -0400
      Will Jones…I am a survivor of priest rape…and I work with many others whom were also harmed this way and what you said I take incredibly great offense at.

    • commented 2014-09-19 23:35:35 -0400
      Had the two victims exercised their divine right of Individual Sovereignty, it’s a safe bet none of their attackers, so bent on taking out their rage at being molested by priests, on someone else, would not have dared to lay a hand on them.

    • commented 2014-09-19 21:57:22 -0400
      The Catholic Church has a hand in it, but it is NOT the only church responsible for all of this hate.

    • commented 2014-09-19 14:28:40 -0400
      These two men were just out for dinner. The same thing countless other couples do over the course of their lives. Something so mundane, yet important. And their lives were changed, all because of a group of bigots. A group of bigots who believe in a religion that actively promotes discrimination, oppression, and hatred of LGBT people. This is the world the Catholic Church has helped create. They may say "love the sinner, hate the sin’, but those are mealy mouthed words. In their actions, they demonstrate that they don’t love us. They despise us. They want us gone. All for the “crime” of not being heterosexual. All for the “crime” of not existing in a manner they approve of.

      Sometimes I hate humanity.

    • commented 2014-09-19 02:56:22 -0400
      The Roman Anti-Christ’s priestly-molested spawn is quick to take blood to “prove” their being buggered didn’t erase their masculinity. Run a correlation between Roman Catholic altarboys and mass-murderers…just for “laughs.” No mystery how Rome manages to push their bullyboy victims into position as cops, CIA and FBI agents, soldiers, and assassins.

    • commented 2014-09-18 19:11:01 -0400
      What is this world coming to? If these thugs, preppy or not, are not punished to the full extent of the law, there is no justice. And, if they are found beaten in an alley, THEN will it be called a crime? Of course it will! I am so disgusted right now I could scream. By the way, I am a straight grandmother with straight children and grandchildren, so no hidden agenda, just appalled by such accepted brutality.

    • commented 2014-09-18 18:20:18 -0400
      This is why we shouldn’t have religious exemptions. If they try a self defense plea, what would stop them from claiming it was to protect their freedom of religion?

    • commented 2014-09-18 17:50:24 -0400
      Unbelievable so Pennsylvania hate crime doesn’t cover sexual orientation yet. so this crime can only be considered as assault in the first degree . The law has to change , we as a community still has works to do, even though a lot have been already achieved

    • commented 2014-09-18 15:26:07 -0400
      Looks like Philadelphia has lots of young punks who like to hurt innocent people. ISIS recruiters listening?

    • commented 2014-09-18 15:02:25 -0400
      WARNING!!! graphic language and violence described within this post!!! I sadly have had a similar experience and only sharing this because people should know…. 9 years ago NC Charlotte train station 2 off duty cops {working security at the train station} and one of their friends. I canceled my train ticket at last minute, was followed out to my car [was not worried, thinking they are police] the two men [in police uniforms] said “Sir, we need to check your ID” I turned around and noticed their friend walking around my car but again did not think anything of it because they are police/security. As I reached in my pocket to get my ID [which they had asked for] the one who walked around my car was behind me at this point, I heard a scraping noise and as I turned around to see what the noise was she hit me across the face with a board [I have no clue where she got the board from]. She said “We don’t tolerate faggots on this side of town!” I turned to the two cops/security, thinking they would be shocked as I was but found they had smiles on their faces. I begged them to help me…. The larger of the two laughed and kicked me in the face then the other two started kicking me in the ribs… I looked for help from the 30 people inside and noticed they were watching…. when I made eye contact with them they turned away…. that was when the 3 beating me decided to drag me into the bushes and continued to beat me till unconsciousness. The last thing I remember was the larger of the two men in uniforms unzipped his pants and peed in my face while saying “this is what fucking faggots get” then one final boot to the face and I was out. They messed me up pretty good, I had stitches on my lip going all the way up my cheek as well my left eye was messed up, as well many many bruises all over my body…. I didn’t fight back, I didn’t have time to… the thing that bothers me the most to this day is the fact there were 30 people around and not one of them did anything…. I was found in the bushes in a pool of my own blood by the next set train passengers 2 hours later…. I was charged with disturbing the peace & driving on a invalid license- which expired that month… I reported the incident and even had friends and family get involved {they have no record of me even being in Charlotte outside of my hospital visit.} The police deny the tickets existence even though I have the physical copy of the ticket they wrote me. 9 years later and I still have night terrors and my face is not my own… I don’t go to unknown places without friends. I used to feel safe in public… I used to trust the police…. I used to be happy with who I am.

    • commented 2014-09-18 13:31:15 -0400
      These attackers truely are cowards. Not only did it take 10 or 12 of them to be able to face 2 men, they don’t have the courage to be truthful. Cowardly little babies are all they are.

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