Cops now term Midtown attack ‘bias crime’

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The Atlanta Police Department continues to sort out conflicting details of an attack on a gay man in Midtown.

Initial reports of the incident, which happened Sunday after the 28-year-old victim left Blake’s on the Park, termed the attack a hate crime, but when APD finally released the incident report, it stated there was no evidence of a hate crime.

But Southern Voice reports today that the department’s LGBT liaison, after interviewing the victim on Wednesday, is calling the attack a “bias crime.”

Officer Dani Lee Harris said she interviewed the victim Wednesday and after getting more details of the attack the police will now investigate it as a hate crime.

“It is a bias crime,” Harris said Wednesday. “We didn’t know for sure before, but I can say now that it is.”

Harris said the victim, whose name is not being released by Southern Voice at this time, told her he was walking from popular gay bar Blake’s on the Park to the Midtown MARTA station at about 10 p.m. Sunday when he was approached by two men.

“The victim told me they asked if he just left Blake’s and he said yes, and then they asked him if he was gay, and he said yes. That’s when they attacked him,” Harris said.

The victim, 28, told Harris the men called him “faggot” as they beat him and also stole his wallet, demanding to know how much money he had. The victim also acknowledged he was very drunk when the alleged attack took place, Harris said.

“The fact he was asked if he was gay and called ‘faggot’ and other names makes this a bias crime,” Harris said.

That contradicts the incident report, which says the victim was asked to leave the bar for being drunk after he fell.

According to the report, the victim came running up to Blake’s about 11:45 p.m. crying and with “visible injuries to his face.”

“I asked the victim if he could provide any information on the person who assaulted him. The male was visible [sic] intoxicated and was crying ‘Look at my face,’” the report said.

Layton said he again asked the victim what happened and the victim said, “he met some guys outside the nightclub and they wanted him to come back to there [sic] place. The male stated that he walked with the males behind the business and when they got behind the dumpster a male hit him and then kicked him in the face several times.”

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