NYPD Accused of Harassing, Assaulting Brooklyn Men Because They’re Gay

sopYouTubeLast month, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said there was a spike in “bias-related” crimes after a gay man was targeted and killed in Greenwich Village. Now, three gay men in Brooklyn are accusing police of targeting them because of their sexual orientation. Via CBS News:

Gay rights groups and anti-violence activists, including openly gay City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-25th), denounced what they say is increasing harassment of the LGBT community by the NYPD, and called this latest incident unacceptable…

“It is the police’s job to defend our community, not to attack our community,” Dromm said…

The men – Josh Williams, Ben Collins and Antonio Maenza – are roommates and are all openly gay. They claimed they were walking past the 79th Precinct police station, at 263 Tompkins Ave. in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, when an officer accused one of the men of urinating against the station house and threw him against a squad car…

“He thrashed Josh around and was then joined by other officers who slammed Josh to the ground and pepper sprayed him,” Maenza said.
But police had a different account of what happened.

They said Williams was indeed seen urinating on a dumpster in the police station parking lot near the gas pumps. When the officer approached, the man was uncooperative and would not identify himself, police said.

When the officer tried to arrest the man, he was combative and appeared to be highly intoxicated, police said. He resisted arrest, and “force was employed” to arrest the man, which caused a laceration to the cheek and bruising, police said.

Video below of part of the incident, after any urination might have occurred, which was taken by one of the men:

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  • WTF||

    “It is the police’s job to defend our community, not to attack our community,” Dromm said…

    Now who's naive, Daniel?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They weren't harassed because they are gay, they were harassed because they had the nerve to let their contemptible civilian faces reflect off the badges of authority. I don't normally like identity politics but it does sometimes have utility in sticking it to entitles law enforcement.

  • PapayaSF||

    It sounds like they were harassed because one of them peed in the police parking lot.

  • ||

    "NYPD Accused of Harassing, Assaulting Brooklyn Men Because They’re Gay"

    Well, they do have a close-knit brotherhood and a fetish for uniforms, so yeah, I can see the NYPD being gay.

  • ||

    But I am not sure that is the reason they are assaulting people.

    *I hit submit too quickly.

  • Dweebston||

    That often happens to me, too. I've found it helps to double-bag my index finger or type out a quick one before hitting reply.

  • John||

    Every few years gay men like to dress up in costumes. Back in the 1970s it was as construction workers for a bit. It was cowboys for a bit in the 1980s. So yeah, I could totally see that.

  • Dweebston||

    How is the situation described by police any better? "We observed the suspect urinating on a dumpster, and when he refused to identify himself we had to brutalize him a bit, for the good of the public." Oh, goody, much better.

  • sarcasmic||

  • Dweebston||

    You lost the privilege by mentioning it.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Yeah dude. If you have to beg, you don't deserve it.

  • Dweebston||

    Also, check your privilege. Did you know female posters earn 73 hat tips for every 100 hat tips male posters earn? Nikki told me so.

  • ||

    It's true.

  • WTF||

    But that's because the female posters take time off to have kids and post fewer hours.

  • John||

    What WTF said and females often conceal their identities to avoid stalkers.

  • ||

    There oughtta be a law!

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    And then we need a law enforcement division to ensure that no-one is posting anonymously or with fake ID

    And then we need a law to make internet stalking illegal

    And then we need a law enforcement division to protect those who are being stalked IRL because some random weirdo was able to get their info from the required internet ID.

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