Three People Charged in Center City Gay-Bashing

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The District Attorney’s office just sent out the following press release:

The District Attorney’s Office has approved arrest warrants in connection with the assault of a gay couple on the 1600 block of Chancellor Street in Philadelphia on September 11, 2014. The individuals to be charged are 24-year-old Philip Williams, 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, and 24-year-old Kathryn Knott. All three defendants are from Bucks County. Each will be charged with two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault, two (2) counts of Simple Assault, two (2) counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (REAP), and one (1) count of Criminal Conspiracy. Once charged the defendants will be arrested by police.

“I would like to thank the police for their thorough investigation and the public for the outpouring of information and tips in this case,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “This vicious attack shocked the entire country. An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia.”

For more of our coverage, including the police video of the alleged attackers, go here.

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  • RazzyDK

    Any mention of theft with the stolen wallet?

    • gijyun

      Earlier reports mentioned that someone in the group grabbed the bag thinking it belonged to a friend and ditched it when they realized it didn’t. It was picked up by an indigent who used the credit cards before they were shut off.

      • zelgo

        Yes, she ditched it rather than taking to the police. What a bunch of cowards.

      • clarknt67

        Whether the “we stole it by accident” story is true could have been left for a jury to decide. Good intent didn’t return the property to the victims.

  • zelgo

    Disgusting thugs, all of them!

    Their expensive lawyers will spend the entire trial blaming the victims. Gay panic defense, perhaps?

    • clarknt67

      Smear the Queers is coming.

      • MJ

        You just upvoted that lie that said I stated the victims hit on the attackers ? Let’s see that statement then.

      • MJ

        you could have corrected it instead of bonding with the liar who hides. no supermen here

  • Deo

    So if the girl participated in the fight it was 2 men & a girl vs 2 men not the 15 vs 2 people were spouting…If they are found guilty and that’s a big if they will get probation!

    • philman

      Or the 3 were the only ones they had enough evidence to charge. Or some of the others were given immunity in exchange for testimony.

    • UD b impressed

      Aren’t you counting the chickens before they’ve hatched? They charged those 3 today. That doesn’t mean that more charges won’t be brought up later on. But suppose it was just those 3, that still doesn’t give those 3 people the right to attack a gay couple and should be prosecuted accordingly if they indeed attacked only because they were gay

    • clarknt67

      Not being charged is merely evidence DA felt there was not evidence enough to convict not a vindication the suspect did nothing wrong.

    • Marcus Junior

      Don’t be so sure about that. There’s many of us working over time to see to it, these thugs get a swift penalty and consequences for their vile actions. Especially after this attack was unprovoked. Time for violent homophobes to realize they don’t have the support of society or a justice system.

      • MJ

        How are YOU working overtime, you silly weakling hider ? You have as much influence on this case as….someone in Shanghai right now.

  • Ricko

    Well you can throw out the aggravated assault charge since there was no weapon involved.
    Stupid.

    • na

      in PA aggravated assault doesn’t have to involve a weapon if you cause serious bodily harm intentionally.

      • ricko

        Yeah and in some typical fist fight with both parties claiming the other started it, it never sticks. Ever.
        PR move by the district attorney.

        • myjunk mail

          I think bashing a head against the sidewalk until the person needs to have their head wired shut qualifies as a serious injury. On the other hand, Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan, and/or Katherine Knott may have injured their knuckles during the gang beating, so yeah, both parties suffered injuries. It sticks when the group breaks down and the non-victims give evidence. Not a he-said/he-said case. They will all plead guilty because a conviction to aggravated assault is minimum of two years (according to google) and these folks won’t do well in prison. They will plead and get probation.

          • MJ

            Maybe they’ve been in and out of prison already. Most gaybashers have prior records.

          • Fuzziness

            Ya you’re right – in an agg assault cause the aggravated context can be any object including the ground itself. Sorta like using a rock. Look I’ve been in fights before, and I’ve been mad, but there’s been no situation where it even crossed my mind to bash someone’s head into the pavement…fighting is one thing, trying to kill someone is taking it to a whole different level.

        • Marcus Junior

          If you think these homophobic thugs are getting away with a slap on the wrist, you’re not privy to what is (rightfully) happening behind the scenes and the amount of people dedicated to making sure justice is served here

          • MJ

            You know nothing about it. You won’t even hook up with me..

    • Deo

      Not true!

    • Joe Hurtado

      Do we know for certain that a weapon wasn’t used? The alleged assailants could have picked up an object to assist in the pummelling.

  • Buster33

    Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan, and Katherine Knott. One hopes that this story is the first thing that pops up on the Internet any time someone searches the names of these violent thugs for the rest of their lives.

    • ricko

      Katherine Knott is screwed but Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan have common names.

      • MJ

        But if she marries her name changes ! (arrghh..)

    • gijyun

      Oh, you mean the assault charges on

      KEVIN HARRIGAN

      KATHERYN KNOTT, and

      PHILLIP WILLIAMS

      You mean those guys?

      • HereinDC

        Did you purposely spell her name wrong?

    • Deo

      They were found guilty already? Speediest trial ever!

      • Allison

        not found guilty just arrested

        • Rocco Lamagela

          Could have fooled me as on FB everybody is guilty in a modern day electronic lynching!

          • MJ

            As usual, yes. (But I do think they probably caught the guilty parties. They sure investigated long enough. But you bring up an important point to remember).

      • clarknt67

        You are certainly not suggesting future employers of Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan, and Katherine Knott have no right to know what legal problems Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan, and Katherine Knott have encountered when they consider hiring Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan, and Katherine Knott.

        • Rocco Lamagela

          Wait until both sides dig up dirt on each other & aire it at the trial. ..

      • Buster33

        Her own Twitter account (which is still up) is a witness against her character.

    • MJ

      Try it now, though, and see how many have that same name. (Mmm…some hot Kevin Harrigans out there…)

    • midddletownwatch

      they will be getting what they deserve.. GOOD

    • HereinDC

      What is her middle name? Let’s REALLY fine tune to her and not other Katherine Knott’s

      • Buster33

        She goes by Kathryn Knott on her incriminating Twitter account. Kathryn Knott paints a picture of herself as a drunken homophobe

      • a1781054

        Phucking phaggot.

        • Jared

          Excuse me?

  • Sean

    What about the others involved? Have we heard anything else? And, showing a bit of ignorance here but for the three that have been charged – what does that mean in terms of jail time?

    • ricko

      Looks like they were just witnesses who obviously cooperated with the police.

      • hotbird

        and whose lawyers came in with a thick envelope to give to Williams.

        • John Langan

          Or they weren’t guilty. Ever consider that option?

          • hotbird

            conspiracy?

          • MJ

            ..we’ll find pics of them meeting in some sleazey diner on the outskirts of town…..

          • clarknt67

            Which is why they promptly called the police… oh wait…

          • Marcus Junior

            Yes, you’re right those thugs with the thug attackers weren’t guilty. They just watched two gay men be brutally bashed to near death. The fck outta here!

          • John Langan

            My apologies. Clearly you were a witness, or saw a video of the attack. Or analyzed the statements from the victims and witnesses. I think you should volunteer to be a juror. The city could save a ton of money with a speedy trial with no need to present evidence. Burn them all! Who else can we accuse???

          • Bruce Jenson

            Homophobe angry his homophobic heroes are going to end up in jail and are already losing their jobs over being violent homophobes. OH WELP. That’ll teach you bigots. You’re little evil bible sure does promote a lot of violence throughout history, doesn’t it?

          • John Langan

            Homophobe and a bigot… never been called that. To be clear – I do not condone any type of crimes against people because of their race, creed or sexual orientation. I don’t condone crimes against anyone. If these people did assault the two men (and since they were charged I believe they did), they should be locked up for a long time – regardless of their reasoning.

            That said, how about we wait for the facts to come out before we
            crucify everyone that was there?

        • Ricko

          No kidding. That proves they’re smart. Only a dope witness who’s considered a possible suspect in the crime goes to police without representation. If you were witness to a party you were with beat up 2 people, would you go to the police without a lawyer? They could trick you into confessing right then and there.

        • Willy Loman’s Pipe

          Oh, stop it.

    • T

      They sold their friends up the river in exchange for not having their names released, is my guess. Afterall, they are young and they probably want careers.

  • Matt D

    Although I don’t condone any of the actions of this group, they did not act in the manner that they did because the couple was gay. They reacted to a situation, it wasn’t premeditated. The media used the sexuality of the victims as a means to gain a string following. Iv’e had 3 friends get jumped on 3 seperate occassions. Police reports were filed for all 3, but the most attention they got was 1of them made it into the police blotter in the newspaper. All 3 were hospitalized, but they were not gay or worthy of national news.
    I think everyone needs to drop the stereotype that a person cannot be violent or instiagte a fight because of their sexuality.
    I dont know how this event happened so lets just see how it plays out.

    • Jess Mee

      But how likely is it that two guys would pick a fight with a group that outnumbered them, some of whom were a good deal bigger than they were?

      • Ricko

        I see a bunch of people on the sidewalk every day. I have no idea at a quick glance who’s in a group and who’s not. Do you?

        • Jess Mee

          But if you see people talking and interacting with one another, they likely are together in some sort of group.

          • Ricko

            Oh so now the whole group was all talking to each other before this conflict started? Or are you being presumptuous.

          • RhettStone

            Right? When I walk down the street with my friends we stay silent and act like we don’t know each other.

          • Ricko

            So you’re being presumptuous. Thank you.
            The video showed them moving in staggered groups down the sidewalk. They weren’t “all talking to each other.” Groups of 15 never move down the sidewalk all in one group “all taking to each other.”
            You sound like someone who just wants to indict the whole group because you’re bitter towards their demographic.

          • Jess Mee

            Some of them likely were. How many is hard to say.

          • clarknt67

            Did you see the initial video cops released. Yes it was obvious they were a group.

      • Ashley

        How likely that a group of people would come out of a resturant and beat up two people unprovoked. We don’t know the story here. The only reason why it made such big headlines is because the 2 victims are gay. This may not have anythjng to do with that fact! Before thinking it’s a complete hate crime you need to get the facts first!

        • Jess Mee

          Given that the attackers were apparently calling the victims faggots, it’s likely that anti-gay bias was a factor.

        • Joe Hurtado

          Some drunks don’t need provocation to become violent. It could be something as minor as “he looked at me funny” that sets off a violent reaction.

          • MJ

            You sound like you’re familiar (like I am) with those horrible Jekyll-n-Hyde drunks.

          • Joe Hurtado

            Not personally (fortunately), but I’ve worked in the mental health field and heard too many stories and seen the damage that alcohol can cause.

          • clarknt67

            I have worked in a bar so yes. I know how hot tempered drunk people can get. (Smoke more pot people.)

          • MJ

            But I’m still waiting to see a link to where I said the victims made sexual passes at the bashers, suppeman

        • UD b impressed

          No, sweetheart. The reason this made headlines was not because they were gay. It made headlines because the twitter and philadelphia community worked together to identify the suspects.

        • MJ

          The reality is, this is actually very likely. Maybe not for a kind person, but LGBT people get attacked completely unprovoked every day. This isn’t me being dramatic, this is an actual reality of my lived experience and the lived experiences of my friends and family. A group of people saw two men holding hands and attacked them on that basis alone. It’s a sad reality and by questioning we are just adding to our already homophobic bigoted society.

          • MJ

            Depends how big the guys are. I see guys holding hands in NYC quite a bit now.

          • clarknt67

            Then you know there are many gay bashing in NYC also. About one every 3 weeks last summer culminating with Mark Carson being shoot dead.

          • MJ

            I do know. It was believed it was gang initiations for a while, as all the bashers were criminal-record Latinos. And Rev. ruben Diaz was preaching homophobia to a major major extent.

          • MJ

            But I want to see the link you voted up, the one that has me stating the victims in Philly came onto the attackers.

          • Sharon

            MJ STFU ALREADY! Your above comment and how many before that are pissing people off pretty much! YEP! Me, included! Can everyone just click ignore on this idiot???

          • MJ

            If people are pissed off at any of my comments it’s because they can’t handle the truth, I guess.

        • clarknt67

          NEWSFLASH drunk people are often biligerant and prone to do stupid things.

        • Marcus Junior

          Ugh…happens alllll the time! Yes, many a heterosexuals get drunk and randomly attack identifiable gay people. D you even WANT me to cite the links to the many cases out there? Educate yourself before you spew ignorance.

    • Benjy

      If this was not a gay-bashing, then why were they hurling out homophobic slurs such as “dirty faggots” at the victims as they beat them?

      • Ricko

        Some kids dragged some white people out of a cab and beat them a couple years ago on 15th Street near Wendy’s. Kids were black, victims were white. The kids were yelling racial slurs. They weren’t charged with a hate crime because there was no proof they did it because the victims were white. It may have been gay bashing, but the DA would have to prove the victims were attacked because they were gay rather than because there was an argument that turned to fisticuffs.

        • kelley

          I would say that the number of witnesses who will testify to the fact that they were yelling homophobic slurs at the couple before starting to beat on them is pretty solid proof.

    • RhettStone

      You “dont know how this event happened…” and want to “see how it plays out” yet you state, “they did not act in the manner that they did because the couple was gay. They reacted to a situation, it wasn’t premeditated.” Um, ok.

      • Marcus Junior

        Not to mention we have witnesses who have come forward who know neither party and have said…ON CAMERA…that it was a vicious unprovoked homophobic attack. Police said they had at least 6 eye witnesses who were not affiliated with either party.

    • Ricko

      How do you know they “did not act in the manner they did because the couple was gay”?

    • Sputnik67

      We’re all very sorry for your friends, but they have nothing at all to do with this case. Sexual orientation isn’t covered by PA’s hate crime law. So the three scumbags aren’t being charged with a hate crime, just assault. The fact that the couple was gay had no bearing on the case. You seem to be implying that the couple started the fight and the others were just defending themselves. So why did they get charges filed against them, and not the couple? Make sense much?

    • jstreet

      you’re an idiot Matt. you know nothing, and you will not pollute the jury pool.

    • myjunk mail

      (Said the guy who learned to spell at Archbishop Wood)

    • philman

      Is this why they yelled homophobic insults at the pair (even before beating them, according to testimony)? If you “don’t know how this event happened,” why do you claim to know that they “did not act in the manner that they did because the couple was gay”?

    • clarknt67

      How do you presume to know their minds?

      • MJ

        Everybody here presumes to know the minds of everybody.

        • clarknt67

          I have come to the conclusion anti-gay bias was involved because they by many reports shouted variations of “faggots” while beating them.

          • Marcus Junior

            And the fact that WITNESSES who don’t know any parties stated it was a clear unprovoked, homophobic attack. Every time there’s a homophobic attack, a chorus of straight men come out and say “how do you know the gays didn’t instigate it? how do you know they didn’t try to hit on the attacker? how do you know this was a hate crime” and a plethora of other variations attempting to blame the gay.

          • MJ

            But you also up-voted Marcus Junior when he said I posted that the victims made sexual passes at the bashers, so……….how much credibility do you have ?

    • Marcus Junior

      You don’t know how this played out yet here YOU are making all sorts of assumptions, assumptions about gays, assumptions about the couples, when there’s enough FACTS by witnesses out there to discredit your fantasy land where you get to absolve your hetero friends from their wrong doings.

    • Sharon

      I lived in Delaware with my son and he went to visit a female friend. 3 of her other friends went to visit as well. My son is gay. The 3 kids each beat up on my son and broke his jaw. Not ONLY were the 3 others charged and put in jail, juvey or wherever, but the girl who had them over was ALSO charged for the crime. YES! I said it, CRIME and a HATE-GAY BASHING CRIME TOO! She was “supposedly” on the phone with her mother and said she “heard nothing”. It was proven she actually did, but chose to ignore it! And yes, my son was called faggot, queer, whatever else they could throw at him, but hit MY son with a cast iron skillet and I KNOW about it before I take him to the hospital, YOU’RE DEAD MEAT!

    • Jared

      How do you know how and why they acted? Idiot.

  • DBow

    If they are found guilty THROW THE BOOK AT THEM. Otherwise they will continue to think they can do whatever they want with no serious consequences.

    • Ricko

      Without video, they’ll get misdemeanors. Maybe even summaries. And they’ll walk if the prosecution’s witnesses suck.

      • Benjy

        Obviously the DA has offered immunity to others in the group in exchange for their testimony.

        There might not be a trial. They’ll take a plea and a pretty stiff one.

        • Ricko

          Hahaha you need to quit watching Law & Order.
          “Offered immunity.” Yeah, that’s it. The 12 other people handed out beatings too, but were “offered immunity” to rat out the other 3.
          Priceless.

      • UD b impressed

        How do you know that they will get misdemeanors? There are plenty of witnesses who testified and they have testimony from the victims. In fact, the reason the police and the DA claim they’ve taken their time to make arrests is to prevent charges being thrown out later. In a high profile case like this, they’re not going to just press charges without building a case

        • pete

          Testified? you mean questioned.

          • UD b impressed

            Merriam-Webster is your friend:

            tes·ti·fy

            ˈtestəˌfī/

            verb

            verb: testify; 3rd person present: testifies; past tense: testified; past participle: testified; gerund or present participle: testifying

            give evidence as a witness in a law court.

            “he testified against his own commander”

            synonyms:give evidence, bear witness, be a witness, give one’s testimony, attest; More

            make a deposition

            “you may be required to testify in court”

            attest, swear, state on oath, state, declare, assert, affirm;

            allege, submit, claim;

            depose

            “he testified that he had been threatened by a fellow officer”

            serve as evidence or proof of something’s existing or being the case.

            “the bleak lines testify to inner torment”synonyms:be evidence/proof of, attest to, confirm, prove, corroborate, substantiate, bear out; show, demonstrate, bear witness to, speak to, indicate, reveal, bespeak

          • pete

            they were questioned in the police station. they did not stand and testify at an arraignment or grand jury. they were not under oath.
            Thanks for the dictionary though.

          • UD b impressed

            You’re confused again. Read definition 2, pumpkin. Dictionary won’t do u good if u only read the 1st definition.

          • pete

            Thanks. I would prefer peaches.

            In the modern day common world I doubt you will ever hear testifying used interchangeably with brought in for questioning. (and the resulting answers from said questioning at central detectives)
            That is my final salvo on this.

          • Fuzziness

            All police statements are given under oath…which is why you can be charged with falsifying a statement similar to perjury.

  • pete

    Hopefully the basketball coach gets his job back.

    • Jess Mee

      Even if he only witnessed the attack and did nothing, he’s likely in violation of the ethical code of the Catholic school he worked at. They would be justified in refusing to rehire him.

      • Ricko

        Right. It’s likely and ethical violation to not get in the middle of street fights. Obviously! What would we do without your brilliance, Jess Mee?

        • Jess Mee

          He witnessed an act that was in violation of what the Christian faith teaches. At the very least he had a moral obligation to come forward and report what happened. He didn’t do so. Witnessing something that is wrong and failing to act is considered a violation of the Christian moral/ethical code. The school would be within their right to not rehire him.

        • clarknt67

          Don’t argue it here. No one here can reverse the decision, call the school. Plan a protest! Invite all your friends and the news media to a “Rehire McGlinn” rally at Archbishop Wood High.

    • Sam_Handwich

      do you suppose he thought of that before he volunteered his resignation?

    • UD b impressed

      Why should he get his job back? Because he’s your friend?

      • pete

        Because he was not charged with anything. As for being my friend…..I do not know him.

        • UD b impressed

          Since when do people have to be convicted of a crime to lose their jobs? The fact this ‘coach’ may have watched a crime in progress, ran away after the fact, and did not report it is irresponsible to say the least and is not the kind of character I’d want from a coach who is with my child.

          • clarknt67

            Considering the school had a conversation with Fran McGlinnn before canning him I would be very interested to know why they fired him. They might know things the DA and police do not.

          • Marcus Junior

            Loving your posts dude. Keep it up! Call them out.

        • Marcus Junior

          He won’t get his job back. Sorry, go pray to Jeebus about it.

    • MJ

      He looks too fat to be a basketball coach. Like one of those fat doofs the Joe My God crowd tries to fool themselves into thinking he’s muscular (“..like a bear..!” ugh).

      • Sam_Handwich

        he likely also suffers from The Irish Curse

        • MJ

          That curse is a myth. I’ve been with enough of them to know.

    • clarknt67

      Don’t waste your time here start a Change Petition asking Archbishop Wood to apologize and rehire him.

      (I bet they don’t.)

  • Sam_Handwich

    NBC10 confirmed that Katherine Knott’s father is Chalfont Borough Police Chief Karl Knott…

    • pete

      Should all destroy him too? What is your point?

      • Sam_Handwich

        yeah. he raised a criminal.

        • pete

          Oh, i see. Charged but not convicted = criminal. Got it.

          • Sam_Handwich

            you need to unwind… why not go to La Viola? just watch out for the pubic hair in the meatballs.

          • pete

            That is a comment worthy of my screenshot. Remember, even with an alias name they can easily track you down in the event of litigation. It just happened in Philly.

          • Sam_Handwich

            i live 200 miles away, never been to Philly, never heard of the restaurant until last week, and am obviously only trying to get under your thin skin. and it worked.

            but please, come and get me. i won’t run and hide like your cowardly savage catholic pals.

          • pete

            Nice. You are not under my skin. I have no intention of getting anyone.

            However, I will forward my shot to the business and they can do with it as they please.

          • Sam_Handwich

            send this, too!

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          • pete

            You got it.
            All I can do is laugh. Resorting to giving the finger to an anonymous stranger on a news forum…..

            anger and maturity challenges i detect.

          • Sam_Handwich

            By the way – that ain’t Alfredo sauce

            Enjoy your dindin.

          • MJ

            you should have been better than to stoop to such stupidity

        • MJ

          You can’t say that though ! I’ve seen again and again how good kids come from bad parents, bad kids come from good parents, and every other variation. (Not to say he might NOT be rotten as well and they’re two peas in a pod, of course…) In my case : My parents tried to impress all these kumbaya crazy racial harmony ideas on me, and ever since i got out into the world and learned reality….I love going to visit them and rubbing it into those scumbags that the races are NOT equally functional.

    • Marcus Junior

      Sam, I am obsessed with you and your wicked sharp tongue and comments. Keep it up!

    • Bruce Jenson

      Sam you’re unwavering tone in calling out homophobes is admirable and inspiring and I love it.

  • pete

    Meanwhile, in other news, this has not received one comment:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140924_Slain_15-year-old_bystander_identified.html

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot……all you idiots who bashed the restaurant for not immediately knowing about this, and not being a computerized business, and after the cops had already had the information and so they were not in contact with the business, and being very busy running a business while answering a call from a reporter, …and so on…..don’t forget to go back and withdraw your dopey negative reviews. They deserved ZERO crap over this.

    All of the rational folks on here should write down all the names of the stupid negative review folks and search out their business and do the same. There are no civil/legal repercussions to leaving a single star. I am guessing a bunch of those folks have never eaten there. In fact, i read a few written by folks from across the country. The old one star brigade brought out by the people who said: “let’s hope this place is out of business by spring”, and, “this place serves hate on their menu”.

    How rational and intelligent.

    • Tony

      Honest question, not being flip: Do you have any connection to La Viola or the 15 people in that video?

      • pete

        Honest answer, and no flip detected . Glad to answer:

        Never heard of La Voila before last week, and was generally not a byo fan. I am now intrigued enough to give it a try. That means a trip to Total Wine for better pricing on a few bottles of red.

        As for the kids: never heard of them.

      • Marcus Junior

        Of course he does. He’s made literally 50 comments in each article about this story, all impassioned to clear the names of the thugs. He won’t sit here and say “yeah, we shoot back some every weekend” but I’m pretty convinced at this point, he’s part of that group.

    • MJ

      Who knows how it will go? Often any publicity, in the long run, is good publicity.

  • FaithColeridge33

    It was nicer when the perverts got arrested.

    • Sam_Handwich

      yeah…i bet your mom was popular in prison

      • FaithColeridge33

        I am obviously only trying to get under your thin skin. and it worked.

        • Sam_Handwich

          your mom’s still a perv.

    • Marcus Junior

      Your catholic ilk got owned this past week with this story. Sorry bigot, the days of you bashing gays and getting away with it are *officially* over

      • MJ

        Sorry, but in NYC gaybashers get away with it about fifty percent of the time. (The ones who are caught aren’t Catholics though). What would someone like you be able to do about it ? Nothing. What are you going to do about the hangings in Saudi Arabia ? You’re a totally neutralized creature, who has nothing to do about whether gaybashings continue or cease.

      • FaithColeridge33

        LOL Who cares? You’re only 3% of the population and your perversions kill you well before heterosexual life expectancies.

        • Bruce Jenson

          But we’re still destroying you religious freaks while we’re here. We’re still taking you bible thumpers to court every chance we get, targeting Christian shop owners, creating wars with religious based institutions. Yes, we gays know how to blow crap up and are targeting you religious folks like you don’t even know what hit you :)

          • FaithColeridge33

            Oh I’ve no doubt how evil you are.

          • Bruce Jenson

            And proud of it. This is just the start. You all wanted a battle. We’re giving you a war.

          • MJ

            LOL. Like YOU can give anybody a war.

          • MJ

            That Brucey IS an evil intenet weakling, but….not all gays are. Believe me, there are many who’d protect your family if they were in danger. Others in the military protecting you. Know that people with same-sex desires are vast and varied.

          • FaithColeridge33

            Protection from the gays? LOL. Maybe the drag queens. They’re vicious…the gays? LOL

        • Jared

          There is a special place in hell for you.

    • Standella

      You are a sick, hateful woman

  • Sam_Handwich

    The father of one of the Catholic Terrorists, Katherine Knott, is a police chief.

    Unreal.

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Gay-Couple-Attack-Charges-276751131.html#ixzz3EAzD728y

    • fabe

      and they were all Catholic School kids – go figure

      • MJ

        It’s more rare that that happens, yes, but….just because you go to Catholic school doesn’t mean you’re an angel. Most don’t even believe the religious stuff they’re taught there, but just want the better education (in certain cities parochial schools are the better choice for getting into college..)

    • MJ

      “Catholic” terrorists ! That’s not right. Were the NYC bashers (and murderer) of two summers ago “Protestant terrorists”?

      • Sam_Handwich

        had they just left a protestant high school reunion dinner prior to the attack?

        • MJ

          No, but were they all Catholic ? Non-Catholics go to Catholic schools now.

          • Sam_Handwich

            Perhaps, but it’s obvious that Archbishop Wood tries to discourage such admissions…

            Tuition is $6,450 for the school year for one Catholic student whose family is registered with a Diocesan parish. Tuition for students not registered with a Diocesan parish is $7,700.

            http://www.archwood.org/admissions/

          • MJ

            Look, I don’t mind, but…..just be consistent. If you call the New Years Eve arsonist a “Muslim terrorist..”, for instance….(Millions and millions of young Catholics in the U.S. are an extremely gay-friendly bunch, as all middle to upper middle class white kids are…..And even Hispanic Catholics are pretty cool about gays)

          • philman

            You’re seriously claiming that “all middle to upper class white kids are an extremely gay-friendly bunch”? What do you call the kids in this gay-bashing group, poverty-stricken?

          • MJ

            They are the exception that proves the rule. We’ve seen with other Catholic schools the students rally to reinstate gay teachers who get fired, as I’m sure lots of exclusive non-Catholic private schools would see too.

          • Sam_Handwich

            also, see the rabidly Papist registration form:

            1. The primary purpose of Catholic education is to form students in the faith of Jesus Christ revealed in the gospels and through teaching Magisterium of the Church.

            2. Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are distinctive religious educational institutions of the Church; they are not independent schools but are administered and supported by the parishes and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

            3. Attending Catholic school is a privilege, not a right.

            http://www.archwood.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Application-2014-2015.pdf

          • MJ

            Okay, so most of them probably were Catholic. Can’t say for their wives and dates though.

      • Bruce Jenson

        Yes, yes they were. MJ is a militant catholic homophobe y’all. He recently wrote “there’s no such thing as gay community and most gays make up their hate crime attacks. It’s all an agenda”….so consider your source.

        • MJ

          I want to hook up with you…..

          • Bruce Jenson

            you’ve got to work on your rebuttals? lol I’m bashing the living crap out of your religion (as are a few other posters) and all you’ve got is pick up lines? you poor creepy home schooled bible nozzle.

          • MJ

            You stay in hiding while I’m trying to hook up. You’re an old school gay who skulks around bathrooms while Michael Sam and myself are out in the world.

          • Guest

            Gays like me brught about gay marriage to New York state, while you just sat on the coach making those cracks about famous Jews being sent to the gas chambers.

        • MJ

          Hope somebody asks you to link to those. (I DID say the fired baskeball coach looks like one of those fatties the pathetic Joe My God crowd likes to fool themselves into thinking is a “muscular bear.”)

    • Fuzziness

      So catholic terrorist is too strong a term…and a little ridiculous. I doubt their religious beliefs had anything to do with their actions in this instance. They probably couldn’t even remember the Lord’s Prayer in the state they were in (not excusing what they did though).

      • clarknt67

        Since assaults on gay people are often efforts to terrorize the entire LGBT community with a message to get back in the closet it is appropriate to call hate crimes a form of terrorism.

        • MJ

          Terrorism if you wish. To say it came out of Catholicism is a bit of an assumption. Not impossible but…….(I guess it depends on the individual..)

      • Bruce Jenson

        You’ve GOT to be kidding me. Catholicism and many catholics have been behind every single hurtful anti gay legislation in this country. EVERY single one. No your church won’t be absolved of that fact because the donation basket may dry up

        • MJ

          Come on puss puss. You just created this new profile just for this subject. I REALLY want to hook up with you. I won’t hurt you……I just want to hear you repeat this stuff…

          • MJ Eats Bags of Dicks

            MJ is probably the most pathetic internet tough guy keyboard warrior I’ve ever seen.

          • MJ

            But I gave you my cell so we could meet up for real and…you won’t answer..

          • MJ

            But everytime I give my cell number to hook up…..you heterophobic anti-semites hide. You’re hiding lil’ swishies while us real Homos do all the work.

        • Sharon

          Yep! And ask the choirboy how his ass feels after spending how many years being “probed” by a priest! STFU when it comes to Catholics being against gays!

          • MJ

            I think you’re equating homosexuality with pedophilia (or at least ephebophilia).

          • Bruce Jenson

            Creepy catholics are only good for comedy routines. Tis all.

    • Marcus Junior

      Catholic terrorists is the PERFECT description of the thugs. Thank you for not mincing your words. (Their) lord knows had a group of 15 gay men attacked a straight couple, terrorist would be the kindest things these same pearl clutching heteros would be calling us.

      • MJ

        You Protestants are so jealous you never could produce a DaVinci like the Catholics did.

  • W Parker

    WOW – here’s the quite gracious and dignified statement from the 2 victims: “Thank you to the community for their help and support, as well as the Detectives who did a great job gathering details,” they wrote. “We are thankful the DA is working so hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again in Philadelphia. Finally, we ask you to keep your comments regarding the suspects respectful and non-hateful. Please show your support for legislation change protecting the LGBT community this Thursday in LOVE Park at 2pm.” Will do.

    • MJ

      I hope they’ll be there. The hiding looks bad. It might not be, but it LOOKS bad.

      • clarknt67

        The moment their names go public muckraking sites like Breitbart will drag their names through the mud and try them in the press as uppity homos out to destroy nice Catholic kids lives. I do not blame them a bit. Fox News will join in too.

        • MJ

          Every single gaybashing victim in NYC goes right out there and shows his black eyes on Facebook and to the press. (The fake ones go right out there and show their made-up black eyes and post it on Facebook). Do these two want to speak up for other victims or not….? (“Faint heart never won fair lady.” Or anything).

          • clarknt67

            Given the high profile trial Drudge or Breitbart or someone will expose their “shocking” naked Grindr photos in a heartbeat. So every knows they are not nice God-fearing devote Catholics…like other kids.

          • Jared

            Idiot.

        • a1781054

          They probably were just phucking phaggots who instigated the whole thing.

      • UD b impressed

        Let the victims handle themselves as they wish. In addition to being brutally beaten, you also expect them to subject themselves to further attacks against their sexual orientation? Let them heal and let them decide when and if they will become public. They did their work by filing a report. Let the police and lawmakers do their work.

        • MJ

          That’s a fair answer. I still think a different course would be better, but….we’ll see.

          • Jared

            Who decided that you know best?

          • MJ

            Who decided YOU know best ??

          • Jared

            Nice comeback.

          • MJ

            It’s just a logical comeback. Everybody on here is giving his or her own opinion, right ? Might as well write “Who decided you know best ?” after every single post.

          • Jared

            You should be banned from here. I can’t even tell your position on all of this. Who cares if they are hiding – you are missing the point in all of this. Idiot.

          • MJ

            Oh…WHY should I be banned ? Because YOU disagree with me ?

      • Buster33

        People who just got violently assaulted in public, so seriously that they had to be hospitalized, may be forgiven for their fear at appearing in public again quite so soon.

        • MJ

          I guess I’m just used to eveybody else showing themselves immediately.

      • Jared

        Looks bad? Hiding doesn’t look bad. Maybe they don’t want to make this “all about them”. They are taking this to a macro level – making it political. It’s not just about them, it’s about every gay and lesbian couple who deserves to walk this city safely at any time of day with the person they love. They don’t want it to be tied personally to them maybe. Maybe they want other people to realize this could have been anyone -their brother, cousin, uncle, son, etc. Their words are still being shared. I am proud of them and find them brave.

        • MJ

          Sorry to tell you, but they’re really just marionettes created by that “girlfriend” of theirs who’s using them to become famous.

          • Jared

            I didn’t mention her at all. And I’m glad you are so personally tied to all parties involved that you can speak on their behalf.

          • MJ

            That’s why they are such shadowey figures.

          • Jared

            Are you saying they have something to hide or are lying?

          • MJ

            no

          • Jared

            And using them to become “famous?” Come on now. There are far better ways to become famous or get attention.

          • MJ

            LOL !!!! And you called ME an “idiot” ?

          • Jared

            Yes. And you continue to prove to everyone that you are.

          • MJ

            You must shush yourself now.

  • MJ

    I’ll be curious to know what the charges against the female are. Did she actually assault as well ?

    • Sam_Handwich

      ABC: ” Each will be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy.”

    • Bruce Jenson

      You’re making the assumption because she’s a female she’s incapable of assault, prejudice, or violence.

      • MJ

        No. They are LESS likely, though.

        • clarknt67

          It is true. I am curious to hear what she is alleged to have actually down.

        • Tony

          “No. They are LESS likely, though.”

          Since when? Women are not that different than men, they can be just as cruel and abusive.

          • MJ

            But not as quick to act so forcefully (even the majority of women serial killers are sneaky poisoners).

          • MJ

            Wait…why are YOU talking to me ? You called me a closet queer.

          • Tony

            Where did I say the words “closet queer”? Besides, you just said you had a boyfriend, I’m confused at this outrage.

          • MJ

            You wrote , “If you want to see gay men then use google with the filter off.” Do I have to find it and linkto it ?

          • Tony

            You said you wanted to see graphic pictures of gay men, I was helping you.

          • MJ

            But I never said that. Can you link to where I said that ?

          • Tony

            You said you wanted to see the beat up gay men, on tv making a statement. Those are graphic images of gay men, I was helping you.

          • MJ

            Oh…a reference to THAT ? Okay. That DID go over my head. I apologize.

          • Tony

            So to confirm, I never called you a “closet queer”, thanks for confirming!

          • MJ

            Uh…then what DID you mean by that statement ?

          • Tony

            So to confirm, I never called you a “closet queer”, thanks for confirming!

  • MJ

    I’m assuming (I hope!) it took this long because the detectives really had to figure out who the actual attackers were, out of that whole bunch, and that they got it right.

  • Jdc

    What about the other 9?! They did nothing and ran away to let these two men bleed on the street!! Are they not being held accountable for their actions?

    • Jess Mee

      Witnessing a crime and failing to stop it is generally not a crime. A sin, perhaps, but not illegal.

      • UD b impressed

        False. Witnessing a crime and failing to report is indeed a crime if you’re part of the group that took part in it.

        • Jess Mee

          I was talking about stopping the crime in progress, not reporting it. People are indeed required to report crimes of which they may have knowledge.

        • KT Kacer

          Cool… they need to be charged then also.

    • Fuzziness

      Unfortunately we don’t have that law (I forget the term) where you can get in trouble if you don’t help someone in need.

    • MJ

      Then…what about anybody else on the street who saw it ? (I understand your point, but you see how it can get troublesome..?) Anyway, I think in France you can actually get prosecuted for witnessing a crime or accident and not stepping in to help, but I don’t know how often it comes into play.

    • KT Kacer

      Unfortunately, I do not think people are required, by law to be human (assist anyone), they are just required to not be inhuman (harm someone). smh.

  • Sam_Handwich

    We have a correction on the spelling of the female ISIS member:

    Kathryn Knott

    • Bruce Jenson

      Love this! love your comments sam. So true. The American Taliban (aka fundamentalist Christians)

      • MJ

        These people were probably Catholics though. Fundamentalist Christians don’t view Roman Catholics as real Christians.

        • clarknt67

          They are getting closer now that they have a common cause in stopping gay people from marrying each other.

          • MJ

            They’re still as far apart as….from homophobic Muslims.

          • clarknt67

            I don’t care to have to interact with religious fundamentalists of any stripe.

          • MJ

            But let’s see the statement you thumbed up about my saying the victims came on to the bashers. Because Marcus Junior can’t seem to produce it.

          • KT Kacer

            Damn, obsess much, Mary?

          • MJ

            Making sure people keep their standards high, yes.

  • T

    So shocking that the girl’s father is a police chief.

    Here’s the deal. The guy who had his head slammed on concrete could’ve died or had brain damage. They got lucky. If that guy had died… All of them would’ve went down in flames. I’d hope they would learn, but I’m sure everyone in their community is telling them *they* are being victimized.

    • MJ

      What is their “community”? They’re not in the ‘hood, you know.

      • clarknt67

        Catholic private school jock community’s

        • MJ

          Let’s see the statement where I said the victims hit on the attackers.

          • clarknt67

            Are you confused? I don’t recall saying you said that

          • MJ

            Then why did you give a thumbs-up to Marcus Junior saying I did ? He actually lies, and you thumbed up him.

          • Tony

            BTW I’m not sure if you noticed, but there are 2 or 3 other people posting under “MJ” now, some are grey, some are blue (with a profile link). So these comments might be referring to stuff the other MJ’s are posting.

          • MJ

            Thanks for the info. Then as long as they’re different colors from me….that should clinche it.

          • Tony

            Well some are grey, some are highlighted red/blue. The only way to tell is by clicking the name to see their profile (which most people skimming comments won’t do).

          • MJ

            Your thumbs-up is STILL there. You ….maybe…don’t deserve a Superman image…..?

          • MJ

            Okay, if you don’t have the integrity to respond then…at least change the superman pic to something more apt for your personality. Make it Dr. Zachary Smith or Fat Joe Jervis.

          • clarknt67

            Someone else made that comment. Not me. You are confused.

          • MJ

            You thumbed it up.

          • MJ

            Are you going to answer or just hide..????????

        • MJ

          C’mon. Let’s see that statement. Superman wouldn’t lie would he? (Even though Christopher reeve basically did).

      • jaded

        yes they are….the blue hood

        • MJ

          Like…eggplant-colored folk ? So black in tone they’re blue ?

  • Good, now let the fun begin! Hang ’em high!

    • MJ

      You upvoted THAT guy insulting me ? You really are a loon. (And Marie Antoinette was a diehard Catholic to the very end).

      • Yes she was misguided up to the end, she lost her head over it.

        • MJ

          Still she got to hang out at Versailles. You just get to hang around the internet, dude.

          • She hated Versailles, she stayed at Petit Trianon most of the time.

  • John

    I knew one of them would end up being a son or daughter of a cop when this first happened. I just knew it. So typical.

  • Bruce Jenson

    This makes me happy. This group didn’t just attack this gay couple, they attempted to terrorize a community and clearly being the privileged punks they were, they got away with things like this before. This time their karma caught up with them. Throw the thugs in jail!

  • HereinDC

    ……..I like the fact the she is in major internet/tweet withdrawal. you KNOW she has been told not to post in Facebook or Twitter etc….. SHE is going crazy NOT to be able to post. LOL LOL LOL

  • The bible and
    the torah should be banned!

    Here are
    several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old
    Testament in the bible — perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a
    synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow …!

    1.
    Kill any friends or family that worship
    a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10

    2.
    Kill all the inhabitants of any
    city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy
    13:12-16

    3.
    Kill everyone who has religious
    views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

    Rabbinical / Priestly rules:
    Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish
    may approach to offer the bread of his God.” Leviticus 18:22 … “You are
    not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination; they shall
    surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”

    The pope and churches fully aware
    that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this
    stigma maliciously persecuting gays.
    Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

    Being
    left-handed … black or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare
    occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved
    in return … it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two
    guys or two girls — all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that
    LOVE!

    It’s now time to shut down the synagogues and churches
    with the torah & bibles with Leviticus 18:22 and Deuteronomy 13:12-16. To
    see the religious lunatics manipulate government and peoples’ lives — is
    shameful.

    Many
    theologians state quite correctly that the birth; crucifixion; resurrection and
    other elements of christianity actually didn’t even happen! Churches are committing hate crimes and more succinctly a
    violent criminal offence against a federally protected minority namely the gay
    community. It is actually a
    bigger moment in history … gays standing up for equality … the realization
    that there is something far more evil at work — hateful religion which should
    be discharged from society – period.

    Religion and the churches should now be exposed as a bigoted
    structure that gets away with hate mongering. It is a criminal offence to cause harm onto others
    physically or with written items; torahs – old testament/new testament bibles have
    been getting away with corruption and cultism based on bogus hocus pocus.

    • Sounds just like Islam. And they say money is the root of all evil.

  • photo321

    What are the 2 gay fighters names?

    • Terri Hemker

      So someone can go beat the ….. out of them again? I’m a gray haired old grandma. When my son and I were mugged several years ago in our small town, the idiot newspaper published our names and where we lived in their newspaper syndicate that reached several counties around. I was terrified! I came home from work every night with pepper spray and my pocket knife out! I didn’t need to be subjected to that after having been beaten and given a concussion with my eye bleeding all over the place. I hadn’t done anything wrong! I was victimized twice!

      • MJ

        Then you should know better than to go bonding with some of these gay liars who’d just love to terrorize people if they could.

    • UD b impressed

      Can you tell us your name?

      • photo321

        Why is my name important?

        • UD b impressed

          Exactly, why is the victim’s name important? Does that change the events that unfolded that night? And if they provide their names, can we also get the names of the other 9-12 participants?

    • Jared

      Why do you care? Idiot.

  • photo321

    I just don’t understand. If the gay guys had kicked their butts would it then be Williams , Harrigan and Knott who were the victims? And the gay guys guilty of hetero bashing??

    • UD b impressed

      Oh honey! I know that this is all very hard for you just like addition and subtraction. How about you sit in a corner and let the adults figure this one out?

      • photo321

        Answer my question please.

        • UD b impressed

          Depends. In this ridiculous and outrageous scenario you are painting, are there any heterophobic slurs thrown around? Will the gays have started the fight because they found out that there is a heterosexual couple in the group? Would the gays outnumber the heteros? So many questions!

          • photo321

            So many questions indeed!! And so many answers needed as to what actually took place. To paint the 2 as victims and the 12 as monsters while only hearing half the story from the 2 presenting themselves as victims does not seem fair.I guess we just have to wait for all the facts to come out which would be the fair and prudent thing to do. I am not taking sides here, I just think the media grabbed on to this just as they did the killing in Ferguson. They present half the facts and make a judgement based on them…..and all hell breaks loose. I got mugged in 1986 not 2 blocks from that exact spot by a group of black teens and ended up in the hospital with a broken orbital. The cops finally showed up and actually refused to take a report because I wouldn’t be able to identify them since I was struck from behind. Hopefully justice will be done in this case but bypassing fairness and jumping to a verdict while waiting on the complete story is not what justice is about.

          • UD b impressed

            I agree that there are two sides to this story, but you see, in this particular case there is a difference as compared to your situation. For 1, they RAN AWAY or at the very least did not stay at the scene of the crime that had been committed. Further, they did not report or share their side of the story until the public found out who they were. In fact, there had been reports, prior to twitter identifying the suspects, discussing a savage beating in Center City, and even then they did not come forward sharing their side of the story. They waited and waited and waited until finally their faces had been plastered all over the news and by then it was too late. Speculation and the torches/pitchforks had already been sparked.

          • photo321

            I will respectfully disagree. It is never too late for justice to be served. The conspiracy charge was added because of their not coming forward and there can be no excuse for that..but as for the other charges we will see.

        • Bruce Jenson

          We don’t need to answer your question, you homophobic thug. Because the frequency of homophobic thugs like you (who are miserable in your own lives) bashing gays is an actual thing. Gays bashing heteros with physical assaults strictly for being hetero isn’t a thing. So now you homophobic thugs get a taste of your own medicine when your behind is sent to jail and you face the consequences of your violent bigotry. Tell your friends to send you postcards from inside the facility.

    • Jared

      Hetero bashing? Really? Idiot.

  • Rufuss

    All three will be having jobs in a few months, just watch….

    • BigHank

      Amen brotha.

    • UD b impressed

      “We can confirm that Kathryn Knott has
      been employed at Lansdale Hospital since May 2011. Because of the nature
      of the charges against her, she has been suspended from her job as an
      Emergency Room tech.
      We are investigating an additional issue that
      was brought to our attention related to this employee’s Twitter account
      for potential violations of patient privacy and our organization’s
      social media policy. Abington Health takes patient privacy and
      confidentiality very seriously and is fully investigating this matter.” LOL come again?

  • SHAWN MICHEALS

    These Jabroni’s won’t know what they have coming to them until i give em’ some of that sweet chin music. DO YOU SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’!?!

    • Alberto

      Hey man, are you in the WWF or something? I remember that name Shawn Micheal’s from the 90’s? + + what would it solve to start a fight with this folks? You would only be being a double negative, which does not = a positive.

  • Ray Nardi

    I truly hope that justice is done in this case. And since we’re on the
    topic of crime in the city, I was just wondering: Does anyone know if
    they ever caught that knife wielding maniac who stabbed the lady
    multiple times inside the staffing agency on Broad street? I checked
    online, but the latest news I can come up with is from September 18th,
    and it says he’s still at large?

  • a1781054

    Phucking phaggots, the lot of you.

    • Jared

      Excuse me?

    • Jared

      You are a hate-filled idiot. There is a special place in hell waiting for you.