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So You’re Saying a Decorated Air Force Sargeant Is Blake Hayes’ NYC Gay Basher?

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Blake Hayes (pictured, top), the NYC radio entertainment reporter who was gay bashed in September, and blames the NYPD for doing all but nothing in investigating his attack, ended up with some major media attention. But better than that? It appears his alleged attacker might finally be brought to justice. He just happens to be an Air Force “hero” stationed in England.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ford (pictured, right), a bomb diffusion expert, received a Bronze Star. In September, however, he was on duty in New York when President Obama visited the United Nations, and that’s where he and two friends allegedly attack Hayes and others. So how’d he get tracked down? The News knows:

The Hate Crimes Task Force was assigned to the case and eventually identified Ford as the suspect and learned he was assigned to an Air Force base five hours outside London.

A NYPD Intelligence Division detective who is stationed in London drove to the base and interviewed Ford, who admitted he was at the scene but insisted his alleged victims started the fight, a source said.

Surveillance video, however, shows Ford attacking them, the source told the Daily News.

As for punishment, while Ford hasn’t been formally charged (um, why’s that again?), “the NYPD and Manhattan prosecutor’s office, after consulting the three gay victims, have agreed to let the U.S. military try Ford and dole out any punishment if he is found guilty in the attack.” Which means this could go two ways: The military could give him a slap on the wrist and hope the controversy goes away. Or, faced with what is now an international spectacle of alleged anti-gay violence at the hands of a military hero, they could use Ford to set an example, and punish him to the fullest extent of military law. Which is a bitch.

By:           editor editor
On:           Jan 22, 2010
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  • 27 Comments
    • rf
      rf

      Well, nothing says “I’m gay” like being so insecure about your own sexuality that you have to take it out on someone who is secure. DADT investigation…

      Jan 22, 2010 at 9:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      Lets see, you’re on leave and: you get caught sucking another guy’s cock, you get a dishonorable discharge, loss of pension and benefits, and kicked out of the military OR
      you beat-up a couple of fags, and nothing happens? Good job NYPD and the new district attorney.

      To the gay community in NYC, the last district attorney was in office since the Civil War; if you let him off the hook now, this story will be repeated into the next century.

      Now it is incumbent on the LGBT community to make this an issue with NY’s senators! They have the ability to make calls to the DoD demanding that this criminal is not allowed to walk away from his crimes.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 9:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      @Mike in Asheville: Uhh making a plea to the chuckleheads who run the NY govt. with regards to anyting doing positive towards the Gays isn’t gonna do much for the cause………… :~{

      Jan 22, 2010 at 9:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheAwfulTruth
      TheAwfulTruth

      It’s all DInk Flamingo’s fault.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 9:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jude
      Jude

      Seems like kudos are in order for the Hate Crimes Task Force and the NYPD Intelligence Division for locating this perp.

      I hope Queerty and other gay media keep up the coverage on this. I doubt that we can count on adequate coverage from the mainstream media.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 10:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian
      Brian

      The US military is going to try Ford.

      If the military takes the attitude of their commander-in-chief, this guy has no worries.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 10:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName
      FakeName

      A bomb “diffusion” expert? I think the word you’re swatting at ineffectually is “defusing” since it’s doubtful the guy is an expert in dispersing bomb atoms into a medium.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 10:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426
      edgyguy1426

      I hope this rattles Ford so much he’ll snip the little red wire when he *really* should have snipped the little green wire all along… Boo-Yah… Ka Boom

      Jan 22, 2010 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Same Crap
      Same Crap

      You would think the civilian authorities would prosecute an attack on Congressman Aaron Schock. What’s this world coming to?

      Jan 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      “punish him to the fullest extent of military law”

      So, what exactly would that be? Does he lose his pension? Get tossed out dishonorably? Get imprisoned? Ha. I foresee a slap on the wrist. But at least all the attention must’ve made this A-hole piss his pants a little.

      And while I dislike the decrease in privacy due to cameras, in cases like this, having big brother watching everywhere, it is a blessing.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      @Jude: I actually heard about this situation on my radio news. Which is affiliated with CBS. WCBS 88 (they have a web site, of course). It’s one of 2 major radio news stations.

      So it made NYC radio news.

      And yeah, I guess thanks are in order, of course, it’s only after this became a huge deal, did the police take this seriously.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Henry Holland
      Henry Holland

      The best part of this (from Towleroad):

      “Bell and his pals returned fire by making fun of the suspect’s baldness, cops said”.

      Oh snap! Girlfriend got dissed about his male-pattern baldness and went in to beatdown mode. Image how bad this would have been if they’d made fun of his small penis.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave
      Dave

      Don’t service members and veterans get free meds?
      He should try Propecia.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Malk
      Malk

      Bwha-huhbbuh-WHA?

      The civillian police force of the city of New York, USA has… an “intelligence” division? Which possesses offices in FOREIGN COUNTRIES?

      What’s next? secret Postal Service death squads?

      Jan 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jhd
      jhd

      Yes, it does, because the federal government does jack shit to protect NY from foreign threats….

      Jan 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion
      B Damion

      Jesus christ on on cracker…gay bashing is soooooo 20 years ago. I mean come on this shit is getting really old. Gay people are all over the world deal with it. I can’t belive how lightly the goverment is still taking this type of abuse. People who do this shit should get locked away in a hole for years.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom in Lazybrook
      Tom in Lazybrook

      Its the Air Force. I’m a bit doubtful that they will do anything to him.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      he has issues..but the military is also at fault over this…

      Jan 22, 2010 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • purf
      purf

      Certainly the “hero” needs therapy, or a vacation, or his ass needs to be canned from the military.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • purf
      purf

      Blake : so cute.

      Jan 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bayonet
      Bayonet

      Blake: Gayface flamer. Are there any gay guys, except for us muscleboys, who are straight looking or acting! damm!

      Jan 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimmy
      jimmy

      @Bayonet – Did it make you feel like a man to bash him again on Queerty?

      Asshole.

      Jan 23, 2010 at 3:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bayonet
      Bayonet

      @no.22 Jimmy.
      Fuck u Jimmy.

      Jan 23, 2010 at 6:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James UK
      James UK

      @Bayonet:

      Maybe “Blake:Gayface flamer” wanted to to be hit?

      Maybe he wanted his face re-arranging so he could be more straight looking?

      Maybe this was all part of Blake:Gayface flamer’s masterplan? So he could be straight looking enough to join the line that starts one step behind you, stretches down the street, round the block, all the way to Kansas and then out to somewhere over the rainbow?

      Oh, wait. Turns out Blake:Gayface flamer was hurt in that gay bashing. But not brain damaged.

      Don’t you just love real men?

      @jimmy:

      Right sentiment, wrong word.

      Shit is more accurate.

      Jan 23, 2010 at 7:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bayonet
      Bayonet [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @no.24 James UK
      go crawl back under ur rock.

      Jan 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Me
      Me

      While it is ocmpletely wrong what he did and there is no excuse for it, he is still someone who has put his life on the line to fight for our freedom that we have today. Our freedom which allows us to put these types of comments on the internet. While he should no doubt have some sort of punishment, his sacrifices, medals and rank should not be negated nor diminished.

      And really, you couldn’t come up with anything better than his balding head? This is someone who protects your freedom as well or did you forget? He should certainly be punished as I said, but to make an example out of him or to diminish his sacrifices is taking it a bit too far.

      Feb 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Moore
      Rob Moore

      @Me: I don’t understand your reasoning. Are you saying he should be given a pass for doing something that would get a civilian tossed into gaol? He should just be given a piece of someone’s mind and sent back to work as usual?

      Mar 9, 2010 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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