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Police Investigating Potential Hate Crime Assault at UW-Madison

An assault took place at a house party at the University of Wisconsin-Madison yesterday and police are investigating it as a possible hate crime:

Mifflin "At approximately 2:55 a.m. Monday, a 21-year-old Madison man was taken to a local hospital with a broken nose and facial fracture near his left eye. The Madison Police Department responded to a call from a home on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street to find the victim beaten in the living room, according to an incident report. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said the perpetrator directed a gay epithet at the victim, who was dancing, and then punched him to the ground. '[The incident] could be a potential hate crime because [the victim] was attacked because he was perceived as being gay,' Verveer said. Verveer, who confirmed the victim was a University of Wisconsin student, said the victim is not gay. Also, because the 21-year-old’s nose was broken, the perpetrator, if caught, could be charged with felony substantial battery."

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  1. Wow,I go to UW and this is pretty shocking. For the most part we're a really progressive town, but I guess these people are still around. Kind of ominous given that the Mifflin St Block Party is on Saturday.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 28, 2009 10:07:02 AM

  2. Right here in sleepy Madison? Who'd have thought? TJ is right, normally Madison is considered an island of 70s-style hippie awesomeness. And it is, for the most part. But as in any community, there are a few homophobic violent assholes among us. I hope they find the guy (they usually do).

    Weird that I had to read it here on Towleroad when I live right down the street. I don't know whether that fact says more about my detachment from local events or about the poor quality of our local news.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 28, 2009 10:47:19 AM

  3. Ha. I'm studying in South Africa, and can even count on Towleroad to report the local news, blocks from where I live and work. I'll add my disappointment in this. We do a lot of work in the res halls, and there's a lot of LGBT programming on campus.

    After what sounds like a successful day of silence, and a marriage equality march recently... I hope the prosecution of this case mirrors the real Madison that I love.

    Posted by: shaun | Apr 28, 2009 11:29:42 AM

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