At 11:10 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, a gay couple was viciously attacked inside of Dallas BBQ in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Jonathan Snipes, 32, says that he and his boyfriend, Ethan York-Adams, 25, were targeted specifically because they’re gay.
They were bashed over the head with a wooden chair, thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked by two men shouting anti-gay slurs.
Warning: graphic video:
DNAinfo reports that Snipes accidentally knocked over a drink, which led to the two attackers taking notice of the couple.
“A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, ‘White faggots, spilling drinks,’” Snipes said.
“I don’t let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, ‘What did you say about us?’” he added.
That’s when things suddenly escalated. One of the two men stood up and started to get physical.
“I may be a mouthy broad, but I wasn’t going to take it to that level,” Snipes said.
Snipes said the men threw them to the ground, saying “Take that, faggot” as they kicked them. One of Snipes’ teeth was knocked loose, his head was bruised, and cartilage in his ear snapped.
The two attackers fled the restaurant while the couple awaited medical attention. No arrests have been made.
“We want this to go viral,” the couple’s friend Sarah Meyers told DNAinfo. “We need to find him. My friend could have been killed.”
An NYPD spokesman said an investigation is ongoing, but that the incident was not currently being investigated as a hate crime by the department’s Hate Crime Task Force.
Um, and why not??
Here is more video from the attack: