In an awful incident in Long Beach, California, four USMC service members allegedly beat an openly homosexual man into unconsciousness in what is possibly being considered a hate crime by authorities.
The assault took place outside of the Silver Fox, a bar that is well-known throughout the gay community of Los Angeles as a popular spot. The victim did not reveal his name nor appear on camera due to a fear for his life. “I don’t want them to see who I am. They have friends out there,” the man said, as reported by CBS.
“He starts pushing me and calling me f–. I told him I was gonna call police,” the victim said to CBS reporter Stacey Butler, “I remember blacking out. All I remember is being put next to the curb.”
CBS Los Angeles reported the following witness statements:
Police arrested the four Marines after they say the suspects beat the full-time film student until he passed out. They may be charged with a hate crime.
Charlie Harris was working in the bar and ran to help.
“You could hear the punches…it was bad,” Harris said.
“You just saw fists, and muscles, and tattoos, and all those guys were on top of him,” David, the victim’s boyfriend, said. He said he was too shocked to move.
The victim’s boyfriend, David, said that Harris’ defensive actions likely saved his boyfriend’s life. He fought the four until police arrived.
Here’s the video:
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