You’ll Have to Stop Calling the Gay-Bashing a Hate Crime

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This is the eye of one of the victims in last Thursday’s attack on two gay men in Center City. His jaw will be wired shut for two months. And given the reports that there were gay slurs used during the attack, we and others have been reporting this as a possible hate crime. Even the Philadelphia Police Department used the term “hate crime” in an early bulletin. But it turns out that the gay bashing was not a hate crime at all, at least not in Pennsylvania. Read more »

Last Night, I Wanted to Bash the Gay-Bashers

A video from NBC10 shows footage of the attack on Thursday evening.

A video from NBC10 shows footage of the attack on Thursday evening.

Last night, Philly was enthralled with a minute-by-minute social media manhunt for the alleged perpetrators of a gay-bashing crime in Center City. We watched with rapt attention as one Twitter user used Facebook check-ins and graphs to track down those we think are responsible for last week’s heinous act.

The Philadelphia Police Department even expressed astonishment and gratitude, with Detective Joseph Murray tweeting, “I will take a couple thousand Twitter detectives over any one real detective any day.” This was only possible thanks to the journalists who pursued this story, most notably my colleagues at G Philly, and the teamwork of literally thousands of online, everyday Philadelphians.

This morning, word is that those suspected are lawyering up and about to turn themselves in. Coincidentally, they all look like caricatures of privileged suburban white people who my secret, inner Phascist, a la Frank Rizzo, loves to hate. (My inner fascist isn’t racist like Rizzo: He’s the exact opposite and wants to beat with a billy club anyone who, like Rizzo was, is racist. I resist succumbing to my inner fascist’s paradoxical far-left whims every single day.)

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Report: Suspects in Gay Bashing Will Meet Police Today

Suspects in a Center City gay-bashing case will meet police today, 6ABC reports, after Philadelphia’s Twitter community helped police discover their identities.

Events developed quickly Tuesday after Philadelphia Police released surveillance video of up to 12 people it identified as suspects walking through Center City on Thursday evening near the time of the attack. Within hours, former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City.

Not long after, police were contacted by lawyers for the suspects. 6ABC reports: “Late Tuesday night, Action News has learned attorneys for some members of the group have called police. They are making arrangements to bring their clients in for questioning on Wednesday.”
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Does This Photo Show the Suspects in Gay Beating Having Dinner at La Viola?

Former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City.

Bennett did not want to confirm who sent him the picture, but from the image it appears it was taken at La Viola West at 252 South 16th Street, not far from where the attack happened at 16th and Chancellor streets. We reached out to management, which confirmed they had a large party on the night of the attack; they could not, however, confirm whether the photo was taken that night. They also said they do not know who made the reservation, as they tear up their reservation list each night. They say they have not heard from police.

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Philly Business Owners Offering $10K for Info Leading to Arrest of Gay Men’s Attackers

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?

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I just got word from Penn 6 co-owner Tim Adams that his business partners, the folks who run Penn 6, City Tap House, and Field House, want to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the people who attacked the two gay men last week in Center City.

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Police Release Video of Suspects in Attack of Two Gay Men in Center City

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m. Penn 6 Offers $10K Reward in Arrest of Center City Hate Crime

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Philadelphia police have released video of a group of people they’ve identified as suspects in the attack last Thursday of two gay men in Center City. Police are classifying the incident as a hate crime/assault and robbery.

The full statement from police below:

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(Update) Suspect Identified in Trooper Ambush

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.  (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

[Update 12:36 pm] AP reports that a suspect has been identified in the attack:

A law enforcement official says Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a barracks.

The official says an arrest warrant will be issued soon. State police are looking for the suspect.

No other details were available.

[Original] Investigators haven’t identified a suspect in the weekend ambush that killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another, but they have released a psychological profile they say should fit the gunman.
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