Hate crime reporting is fun, there is a crime, a victim and a potentially vile motivation for it…
Reporting on said hate crimes, should explain some of those things.
AL.com did this is a questionable gay bashing…
Huntsville police say a man who claims he was attacked outside a downtown nightclub because he is gay did not report the assault as a hate crime.
Lt. Darryl Lawson said 26-year-old Gary Bravo and some friends were leaving Sammy T’s Music Hall around 2:30 a.m. Friday when several men began harassing a woman in Bravo’s group.
Bravo “became involved in a verbal exchange with the group of males and told them to leave her alone,” Lawson said Saturday. “When he did, they physically assaulted him.”
But couldn’t bring themselves to do it in this story…
Florence police are investigating an assault report that occurred at Wilson Park.
A man said between 20 and 30 juveniles beat him and used a stun gun on him during First Fridays, according to AL.com’s news partner, WHNT News 19. The group also allegedly attacked his 14-year-old son. Both were left with facial injuries. The father has met with a facial surgeon, WHNT reports.
The man’s wife said the group used racial slurs and shattered their car windshield. She said her husband was trying to protect their son when the group turned on him.
WHNT, to their credit, was much more a bit more thorough, at least provided photos so we could draw our own conclusions…
Investigators said 20 to 30 juveniles assaulted a Lauderdale County man and his 14-year-old son at Wilson Park. According to the victim’s wife who witnessed the attack, the group “was using slurs of race” while tasing her husband and beating him.
Juli Dawes said her husband Kevin was trying to protect their son when they turned on him. She said the juveniles also shattered the windshield of her car, where she was waiting with her 4-year-old.
“I’m not as ready to identify this as a hate crime, but we are considering all angles,” said Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler. “There are no set of circumstances that would ever justify an unprovoked attack by a group of thugs, and we will not allow any group to hijack the family friendly First Fridays event.”
Investigators do not have any people of interest yet in this case.
At last check, Kevin Dawes was meeting with a facial surgeon. The 14-year-old son sustained minor injuries.
Why did this story take 4 days to get reported?
Let’s say this guys story is true and there IS a mob of 20 people attacking people in Florence, we may need some info on that crowd.
This is the kind of reporting and police work we are heading towards when we won’t identify race for fear of being called racist.