Caught on camera

Disturbing video shows unhinged man ripping down Pride flag while shouting antigay slurs

A Washington D.C. resident posted disturbing surveillance video of an unidentified man defacing the Pride Flag outside his home while screaming homophobic slurs.

The resident, identified on Twitter as @MJasonRhodes, shared a 30-second video of a man yelling “f*ggot motherf*cker” and “drag queen motherf*ckers” among other antigay slurs while tearing down the flag on July 2.

In the video, the man violently rips the flag pole off the exterior wall of the home, smashes it against a fence, and leaves it on the sidewalk before stomping away.

“This happened in broad daylight at our house on Independence at 17th St SE this morning while my wife was walking our dog,” the resident noted. “People like this should not be on our streets.”

Police are investigating the incident of vandalism, and welcome tips from witnesses.

“We saw the Popville post as well and have attempted to make contact with and have the property owner make a report,” said D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the department’s LGBT liaison unit. “They were encouraged to contact the LGBT Liaison Unit Duty Phone or call 911. We stand ready to respond, investigate, and provide support.”


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