A Gay bashing has occurred in Denver, reports Jason Shaw.
William Babcock was with two of his friends when he stopped and popped into a local 7-Eleven for a little snack after a night out. It was in the the store that he says a group of men made anti-gay slurs before beating them up.
William Babcock then tells how the six men attacked him and two of his friends around 2:00 a.m. this last Friday at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 3rd Avenue and Broadway in Denver.
“I grabbed my cell phone, start to dial 911,” William told reporters, ”Right before I could press call, one of the guys is standing in front of me and knocks me out.”
“My friend Tim has a severe concussion. He had to get five stitches,” said Mr Babcock. His other friend also suffered a concussion. William however suffered a more serious injury of his jaw being broken in two places, and is scheduled for emergency surgery early this week.
“The rage that first, it happens, but second that no one stepped in to do anything,” said Rebecca Gumaer, Babcock’s sister, who is looking after her brother until his surgery. Yet despite his injuries, what hurts him as much is that incidents like this are happening all around the country. “I find it disgusting,” he said to reporters from local media. “It’s 2010.”Mr Babcock who moved to Denver from New York in June says incidents like this are common place, he’s heard of two other attacks on gay men recently in the city, “Neither of them wanted the police called or the ambulance called,” he says, believing that the hesitation to report such attacks is because of fear. Fear the police wont help them.
Denver Police have confirmed they are investigating this case and the police Spokesman John White claims detectives are definitely taking this case very seriously. The investigation continues.
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