A gay man in Alabama man says he was violently attacked outside of a bar but that police left a significant chunk of the story out of the official report.
At a press conference held at the Free2be Safe offices in Huntsville, AL, Gary Bravo (pictured) said two men shouted antigay slurs as they pummeled him as he tried he tried to come to the aid of friend.
According to Bravo, however, police neglected to include the hate inspired language in the report on the incident.
“You’re an officer of the law,” Bravo scolded. “You should not object to putting something in a report. Everything should be taken down. It should not be ignored just because I’m a gay man and you don’t want to hear it.”
Darryl Lawson of Huntsville PD denied the details were left out because Bravo is gay, saying the department doesn’t include “he said this, she said that” narratives in reports.
Since Alabama’s hate crime law doesn’t include sexual orientation, the antigay slurs wouldn’t be a factor in the case anyway, he said.
“It would still be an assault-second charge,” Lawson said. “The only time the hate crime law comes into play is as an enhancement to whatever the sentencing is.”
Bravo, meanwhile, has been “in and out of doctor’s offices non-stop” for the past week.
He said that no matter one’s beliefs, everyone should see the doubly damaging effect of hate inspired language.
“Because beating someone up [verbally] after they’ve already been beat up, you’re kicking someone when they’re down,” he said.