GAY BASHINGS

Screaming “Faggot” While Beating Person To Death Apparently Not A Hate Crime

19-year-old Marcellus Andrews was beaten to death last week in Michele “Gacy” Bachmann’s hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. But even though his attackers yelled “faggot” while repeatedly kicking him in the head, the Waterloo police have decided not to investigate the case as a hate crime. They also haven’t made any arrests despite the testimony of two women who witnessed the attack. Say what?

Here’s the gist:

… authorities don’t believe the killing was a hate crime, said Lt. Michael McNamee, Waterloo police spokesman.

“We’ve done multiple interviews and we have heard those allegations, but this was not because of his persuasion or the perception of his persuasion,” McNamee said. “These were all people who knew each other, and there was some bad blood between the two parties involved.”

The disputes date back at least a year, and arguments escalated throughout Thursday and involved a vehicle being vandalized, McNamee said.

“It all culminated in that area early Friday morning,” McNamee said.

Detectives have identified suspects in the case, but no arrests had been made and no warrants had been sought as of late Tuesday, McNamee said.

By all accounts, Andrews was openly gay (hell, he was studying interior design at the local community college). But a hate crime charge can sometimes make investigations harder by requiring that police and prosecutors prove (beyond a shadow of a doubt) that Andrews’ assailants specifically targeted him because of his homosexuality. Yes, Andrews’ murderers screamed “faggot” while killing him and we’re sure their homophobia fueled their attack, but the police aren’t ascribing homophobia as their key motive; rather they seem to think this bad blood and vandalized vehicle possibly played a bigger role.

We’ll save our outrage until we know the formal charges and how the possible penalties measure up against those levied against a hate crime. But how the police has yet to make any arrests is beyond us.