Tuesday, August 14, 2007

PI columnist writes about Gay-bashing

Seattle Post Intelligencer columnist Robert L. Jamieson Jr. writes about the Belltown gay-bashing we first reported on Friday.

That the cops weren't considering the beating a bias crime was news to Wrenn and Hudy until a reporter told them. Hudy says he had a "bad feeling" about the police investigation, partly because an officer who interviewed Wrenn never got out of his patrol car.

According to police, Wrenn and Hudy passed a group of five or six guys standing in the 2200 block of First Avenue. One of the men in the group offered Hudy $20 to say that a man in their group, who was urinating in public, had a small penis, the police report said. Hudy declined.

But moments later, Hudy says, the man who was urinating confronted them. And what was said next somehow didn't make the police report, he said.

"He stopped peeing, came over to us and said, 'What are you guys, fags?' " Hudy said in a phone interview Monday. "Mike was like, 'Yeah, I'm gay. What's your problem?' "

That's when Hudy said he got punched in the arm. Wrenn got pushed down and beaten.

Sounds like a bias crime to me.


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