Six suspects allegedly participated in a subway assault. The attack, which was strewn with anti-gay slurs, is being investigated as a hate crime, said ABC News. While no one should physically attack another person, the choice of words made the incident a federal offense, said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.
Investigators from the New York City Police Department released sketches of two of the suspects and asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers or visit the website.
“Shouting the gay slurs made this crime a hate crime. If they had not said what they did, this may have been a simpler misdemeanor case with possible jail time for assault and battery,” said Perecman. “Now the punishment will be more severe.”
“The suspects’ pictures would likely not be in the news,” Perecman added.
According to ABC News, the attack occurred after members of a group of six started taking pictures of the victim and his friend. When asked by the gay couple to stop taking pictures, members of the group responded with the slurs. The suspects then violently attacked one of the men.
The victim was sent to a local hospital and required stitches for a cut over his eye, ABC News said.
The victim’s partner said the hate crime attack was “totally unprovoked,” reported ABC News.
“There is absolutely no excuse for hate crimes or discrimination,” said Perecman. “Judges, law enforcement officials and the majority of New Yorkers take hate crimes seriously. New York is a multi-cultural city and the diversity is something to be proud of.”
New York is among the most diverse cities in the United States. So it was somewhat surprising that New York ranked second to California among all U.S. states in the number of hate crimes reported in 2011. Approximately 20 percent of the victims were targeted because of a bias against a particular sexual orientation, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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