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Are Atlanta Cops Accidentally Outing a Married Unconscious Assault Survivor?

The severe beating that forced doctors to put him into a medically induced coma may not be the worst of it for Georgia parole officer George B. Walker. He will also have to explain to his wife why his car was parked at the Atlanta Eagle — yes, that gay bar.

As Walker lies in a hospital bed, police arrested suspect Gregory Johnson, who’s being charged with robbery and aggravated assault. Walker was found in Atlanta’s Central Park; his car, however, was parked in front of the Eagle, the gay bar now infamous for the police raid in September. It’s unknown whether Walker, the victim, drove it there Friday night. (And you can imagine the tension inside the bar when cops pulled up to retrieve the car, thinking they were about to be raided again.) And there are no credit card receipts baring Walker’s name.

Those details come from the Atlanta Police Department’s public affairs manager Carlos Campos. And while a victim possibly visiting a gay bar isn’t particularly noteworthy (unless we’re dealing with a hate crime here), I find it a little bit off-putting that he cops are releasing details that’ll inevitably call Walker’s sexuality into question while he sits in a coma and his wife’s mind goes “WTF?”