Plano Police Are Working the City's First Anti-Gay Hate Crime Case

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The Dallas Voice has been on this for a while now, but it deserves a belated mention.

According to the Plano Police Department, two women were holding hands as they walked with an teenage friend through the parking lot of the Plano Sports Authority (a rec center) at about 2 p.m. on May 27. They were approached by two young men who began making "derogatory sexually-oriented comments," says Plano PD spokesman David Tilley.

When their friend stepped forward and objected, he was kicked and beaten with a handgun. He was taken to the hospital where he received stitches.

Police, publicly at least, treated the attack as a standard aggravated assault, describing the remarks that led to the beating as "rude comments," according to the Voice. But Tilley said the department treated the assault as a possible hate crime from the outset.

"Once we were able to interview the victim and witnesses and find out more as far as words that were said the way they were said," Tilley said.

Exactly what words were said, police aren't saying. Tilley says that information is part of an ongoing investigation. But they were sufficiently derogatory for police to believe that anti-gay bias motivated the beating.

Hating gay people, however reprehensible, is not itself a crime. If a jury determines, however, that your hatred of gay people drove you to commit a crime, then a harsher sentence is possible. In this case, the anti-gay charge would bump the offense of assault with a deadly weapon from a second- to a first-degree felony.

Proving intent is nebulous enough, but this case has the added wrinkle that the victim himself was not targeted because he was gay but because his friends were.

"We've been questioned about that," Tilley says. "How do you know he didn't get his beat down just because he stood up to these guys?"

You don't. But: "A hate crime it doesn't really have to have a victim. It's a bias-motivated crime."

Police are still looking for the attackers, both black men in their late teens or early 20s. One is about 5-feet-9-inches tall, 170 pounds with short, afro-style hair. The other is about 6 feet tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with a tattoo on his left forearm and brown dreadlocks with orange highlights.


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17 comments
ForlornW
ForlornW

 Yes.  Have you considered researching it?  Or did you assume all gay people are not also white people?  How about white women?

ForlornW
ForlornW

 But the harassment that lead to the assault - you know, I'm not certain you understand what hate crime legislation is about.  Have you read the first few comments on this article?

John
John

Gay guy here,  Just wanted to say, hate crime designations are BS.  Aggravated assault should do it.  We don't need the Texas courts to punish these scumbags for bad thoughts.

dabears
dabears

Have there been any prosecutions of hate crimes against whites?  Any??????

Da Truth
Da Truth

And what are you? A gay fascist? You certainly are if you are not a liberal.

Da Truth
Da Truth

Not the first gay hate crime in Plano. The first one they decided to treat as a hate crime because the Collin County Gay & Lesbian Alliance has money. Plano politicians needs money.

Lothar
Lothar

Blacks vs. Gays: Dual Containment.

RTGolden
RTGolden

That is probably the most succinct justifications for the 'Hate Crime' designation I've ever read.  Well done sir.

Celebrate Divershitty
Celebrate Divershitty

LOL shows how much you know, stereotypical naive white-guilt libtard. I'm gay! Only a libtard like you can't fathom the fact that gays can be race-realists. Gays are far more race-realist than naive white guilt libtard "progressives" will ever understand! We are the shock-troops gentrifying your white libtard hipster enclaves of Bishop Arts etc. We get there before any of you. And, since we aren't totally goofy bumbling naive white-guilt libtards, we also are sleep aware that the vast majority of our gay-bashing attackers are not white these days. Of course, since you are a typical naive white-guilt libtard, you are ignorant of an incredible number of unpleasant facts of reality.

rjligier
rjligier

 Oh, no............implementation of the Federal "You Hurt My Feelings Because I'm A Homosexual/Bisexual Sociopath" Crimes legislation..................fifty years of indoctrination since the revision of the ALIMPC in 1955 gone awry...............ROFLMAO

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

I think it's interesting the suspects are black and accused of this hate crime. By interesting I mean I think they're ignorant idiots.

Steve
Steve

In and of itself, it is a crime.

I don't agree that we need Hate Crime, and Gay Hate Crime designations.   Each crime's motives, though often similar, are specific to those involved.  

Stop with the over-designation.

Bob
Bob

Too bad stupidity is not a crime--we could lock you away for life.

Lothar
Lothar

 Yeah, I always thought that only straight white guys were capable of this Hate thing.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

What's the difference between a "simple" stick-up and a stick-up where the criminal pistol-whips the victim, when there's no resistance in either case? I think it's a matter of cruelty. Is that worthy of an aggravated charge? I don't know if it's legally recognized as such, but if you ask me whether it should it be, I'd say yes: the victim has suffered additional damage due to the criminal's cruel actions. And I think hate crimes are the psychological counterpart to that. Deliberately attacking, tormenting, or degrading someone who is different (regardless of whether because of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, etc.), with the intent that they know they are suffering *because* of that difference, is bullying, with real psychological damage to the victim. It's true in the schoolyard. And it's true on the street. And so it should be recognized as true, in the courtroom. (I want to say "unnecessary cruelty" and "inexcusable bullying," but those are both redundant, aren't they?)

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

I disagree. We need that designation. Contrary to what you believe, these things DO happen.

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