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Blake Hayes Says the NYPD Did Nothing About His Gay Bashing. Surprised?

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Blake Hayes lives in New York City, and is an entertainment reporter for various television and radio programs you’ve probably never tuned into. He’s also joined the esteemed list of gay bashing survivors. Walking along Ninth Avenue, Hayes says he and a friend were punched, thrown, and verbally assaulted by a man. Then New York’s finest, the NYPD, allegedly did nothing about the assault: “We called the police. They arrived — 5 cops or so, from at least 2 cars. They talked to the guy who assaulted us. They asked us what happened. We recounted the story. The cops — the NYPD — did NOTHING. They wouldn’t even take the guy’s information so we could file a claim later, or even run the plates of the car whose body was dented from him throwing my friend into it. ‘They’re NJ plates, we can’t do anything.'”

That’s terrible. Especially coming from a police department that allegedly sodomizes civilians and wastes taxpayer dollars on cruising gay porn shops to make haphazard arrests.

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But can we also say this: Doesn’t everybody on this planet have an iPhone? Or a cell phone equipped with a video camera or, at least, a regular camera? Record video. Snap photos. Because this story dies right here in the media without those things. If only there were video of the police acting so valiant. And it would’ve been great to frame the shot next to a NYPD cruiser, which reads: