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Man Gay Bashed in NYC, Claims NYPD Negligent in Response

WPLJ DJ Blake Hayes reported that he and his friends (Broadway performer Danny Calvert and another friend) were walking down 9th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen when they were attacked in an anti-gay assault outside McCoy's Bar.

Writes Hayes:


"Walking down this usual block, a friend turned when a lit cigarette butt was thrown at him.  'Keep moving, faggot.'  We all stopped, shocked to hear these words in what is normally such an accepting, gay-friendly neighborhood, in New York, such an open-minded city. We exchanged words, more and more heated, until he started to approach us, threatening violence.  Before we knew it, he had thrown one friend against a car, denting it.  The other took two punches to the face, cutting his lip before the bouncer at McCoy's came out and stopped him. We called the police.  They arrived -- 5 cops or so, from at least 2 cars. They talked to the guy who assaulted us. They asked us what happened.  We recounted the story. The cops -- the NYPD -- did NOTHING.  They wouldn't even take the guy's information so we could file a claim later, or even run the plates of the car whose body was dented from him throwing my friend into it.  'They're NJ plates, we can't do anything.'"

According to Hayes, the bouncer who restrained the attacker allowed him back into McCoy's shortly after the police left.

Towleroad obtained a statement released by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn regarding the attack. Says Quinn:

"Early Saturday morning there was a report of an anti-LGBT attack in Hell’s Kitchen in which two individuals were the victims of a physical assault. I am obviously outraged by news that another bias attack has occurred in our city. But I am also deeply concerned by reports from the victims that NYPD officers responding to the scene did not appropriately recognize the seriousness of the incident. In fact, it has been reported that they failed to attempt to apprehend or even to collect contact information from the alleged assailant. If these reports are true, the behavior of the police officers involved was also outrageous and merits swift action by the police department.

Statement and post continued, AFTER THE JUMP...

"In response I have spoken to Police Commissioner Kelly’s office. They have agreed to conduct an investigation of these reports, and to have police officials meet personally with the victims this week. I am very gratified that the police department has agreed to my requests, and urge them to complete a swift and thorough investigation.

"One of the most significant tools that have helped us to combat hate crimes here in New York City is having a strong police response to incidents when they occur. There was a time in our city when victims of hate crimes did not feel that the police were their allies. Any time a crime of this nature occurs, victims need to know they will be taken seriously.

"To their credit, the NYPD have demonstrated that they normally respond aggressively and appropriately to such crimes. But even one such failure can begin to undermine all of our collaborative and historic efforts.  In addition, every victim deserves to have their incident taken as seriously as any other.  I will continue to work with advocates and the NYPD to increase and expand training when needed, so police officers have the tools they need to respond appropriately to bias attacks."

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  1. I used to have such high hopes for Christine Quinn. Yeah, Christine, I'm sure the police will be conducting a "swift and thorough" investigation. More likely they'll swiftly and thoroughly sweep this one away, and you'll have achieved nothing, once again, except for your own self-promotion.

    Posted by: wisebear | Sep 27, 2009 7:39:20 PM

  2. This story feels very incomplete. In a situation where the options are flight or fight, it sounds like the group of "victims" decided to take on a single "perpetrator." During the exchange of words that grew "more and more heated," did it occur to anyone to shut up, shake it off and get in the bar where it should be safe.

    Because he was being an asshole, you all turned into assholes, and now you're surprised there was a big stink.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Sep 27, 2009 8:22:36 PM

  3. Well, the 4 gay guys should have beat the basher back.

    Posted by: Landis | Sep 27, 2009 9:32:49 PM

  4. There's no point in getting uppity with a hostile, common drunkard. One minute you're defending your honor, and the next you're driving off a cliff ala Thelma & Louise.

    Posted by: Glenn Belverio | Sep 27, 2009 10:02:58 PM

  5. Deal with it. Gay men are pussys. They never fight. Big ol' pussy bois. Lift up your dress and RUN!

    Posted by: taxpayer | Sep 27, 2009 10:24:46 PM

  6. Nice one, taxpayer. Gay men may be pussies, but you're an asshole who can't even fucking spell. Why don't you just move to West Virginia. Besides, these particular gay guys are tiny, like physically they're not very big. Put them against a marine? Yeah right.

    Posted by: NYClawyer | Sep 27, 2009 10:41:40 PM

  7. Must be difficult to get a comment from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. I imagine you'd have to slather a microphone in lube, then shove it way, way up Mayor Bloomberg's ass.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 28, 2009 12:13:52 AM

  8. NYCLawywer, Taxpyer was being sarcastic about the above posts.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Sep 28, 2009 12:51:56 AM

  9. Poor Danny Calvert. He's a tiny obsession of mine. Sad... Check out the song he sings on the Scott Alan CD Dreaming Awake (I think), Kiss the Air. It's great.

    Posted by: Jon B | Sep 28, 2009 2:25:55 AM

  10. I just don't understand events like these are just swept under the rug and forgotten. The only way for the NYPD to realize this is only if someone was killed. Then there quick to fix the problem.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 28, 2009 2:56:07 AM

  11. Moral of the story, just walk away. Someone could have been killed. It's not worth it. My dad always told me that it took a man to walk away from a fight.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 28, 2009 3:48:25 AM

  12. Thank you Chris!!

    Posted by: nycnyc | Sep 28, 2009 4:27:07 AM

  13. I think that the point is that no information was obtained by the police. The police were called, therefore, they should have made a report of the incident, even if no arrest was made or anyone seriously hurt. Who knows, this guy might have a record/history of these kind of attacks.

    The police are hired to protect all it's citizen's, not the chosen few. If it was a 'friendly' disagreement and both parties agreed to leave well enough alone, that is one thing, but this definitely was an assault case and should have been recorded as such.

    Posted by: CB | Sep 28, 2009 5:15:45 AM

  14. In an additional statement Christine Quinn said: ”I’m really far too busy kissing Michael Bloomberg’s ass to deal with these petty constituent problems. I mean really who do these fags think they are, me?”

    Posted by: ggreen | Sep 28, 2009 8:10:34 AM

  15. 4 fags. 1 basher. Christ guys. Grow a pair.

    Even though the cops should have done more they won't. Why? Their attitude is The Gays need to start defending themselves. And in this situation they could have. If one Gay guy gets beaten by one or more bashers it's a very different story legally.

    Let's face it: 4 guys called the cops because one guy called them names and THEY LET HIM beat them up without defending themselves, expecting the cops to step in and do everything. Newsflash: cops are not bodyguards. Cops don't have time for that shit. Take care of your business guys. Fight back. Kick your bashers ass.

    To the cops this is no different than any fight between straight guys who call each other faggots all the time and get into fights. So because a Gay gets called a fag it's any different?

    In a real man's world you fight. Bashers know it. Cops know it. Pretty much all men know it. The only ones who don't know it are the fags.

    When the fuck will you start fighting back?!

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 28, 2009 8:45:18 AM

  16. FOUR gay men let ONE gay basher beat their asses!

    I realize that many (perhap, most?) of us never learned how to throw or take a punch in school - we let the schoolyard bullies win. At some point, though, gay men have to learn that in the good old USA, men are EXPECTED to know how to fight.

    Many gay men developed their muscles in the 1970s and 1980s in order to LOOK "masculine". We now have to learn how to fight in order to actually BE masculine. It's part of being respected as a "man" in this country. There's no way around it. Men who cannot fight are sissies. Nobody takes a sissy seriously. Not even other sissies.

    Learn how to fight boys. It doesn't make sense that FOUR men let ONE bully beat the crap out of them.

    Posted by: elg | Sep 28, 2009 9:12:15 AM

  17. Yeah. A group of men, attacked by one and they let him win.

    No matter your size, take a self defense class. A bodyguard won't always be there to stop a fight. Even though the police should have done a better job, this story is a bit embarrassing. This is the message we send: we're weak.

    Even that other story a couple weeks ago with the "friend" jumping in a cab while his friend gets beaten in front of a fast food restaurant. Why aren't we protecting each other?

    Posted by: Nathan | Sep 28, 2009 9:49:34 AM

  18. Something doesn't smell right about this story in Mr. Hayes' blog posting. The details too broad, the anger somewhat displaced.

    Look at the rest of that kid's blog... he has recipes posted below these umpteen postings about the 'incident.' and links to his red carpet 'coverage.' He's looking for an audience.

    Another NY self promoter. Kids need to stop using the gay card in this day and age.

    Posted by: Smell test | Sep 28, 2009 10:27:42 AM

  19. I'm shocked at how many posts here are blaming the victims. I really hope the ones doing this are moronic straight men (who are obviously quite threatened by gay men) and not self-loathing gay men.

    There's no reason why anyone should have to indulge in violence. The cops should do their job - the one that WE pay them to do. It's such crap to say that things would have been fine if only the victims had fought back harder.

    Posted by: Mike G | Sep 28, 2009 10:48:11 AM

  20. I just spoke witht he bar, because this type of thing is unacceptable in our neighborhood, we don't live in Alabama for God's sake. There is somewhat of a different version as to why this man was left back inside. This bar having been in the neighborhood for a very long time, I think they should have been asked to comment before their actions are taken as hard fact!

    Posted by: Daemon | Sep 28, 2009 11:13:21 AM

  21. All these posts make me SICK!

    You are punishing these victims because they got assaulted? Am I hearing this right? We are blaming them for being gay, verbally attacked, then getting a lit cigarette thrown at them and being physically attacked by a drunk, gay-hating Marine??? Like these boys even stood a chance! Are you kidding me?

    This should not be acceptable or even allowed to happen in our society. This is an outrage. Don't even get me started on how outrageous the actions of the responding police were. They are quick to write ANYONE up for a violation or misdemeanor, and here they let off a gay basher to split a guys lip and dented a car because he threw another guy into hard it that hard! WOW.

    Posted by: JEFFREY T | Sep 28, 2009 11:24:11 AM

  22. Hmmmmm.... I was a bartender in NYC for 18 yrs. The last thing we wanted was the police involved. Our rule was that if a fight occurred, both parties were booted, the good and the bad. Police were a pain. We would be given a ticket for disorderly premises, have to get a lawyer, go downtown to court, deal with the liquor authority... it was a pain. But one thing I noticed was that as the pct. chief was replaced a new set of standards were made and we had to play catch up. Some bars were favorites, some were on the shit list, for reasons that would defy logic. If the Captain liked your bar, you were cool, if the new captain didn't, you were up shit creek. It comes from the top. On a few occasions, the beat cops would warn us when the capt. was coming around, basically because they thought he/she was full of it. When they gave us a ticket, it was because the captain told them too. So, I would encourage people to complain to the chief of the pct. McCoy's is in about the police response to the incident, and the attitude towards the gay guys walking by. I mean, come on, they were walking by minding their own beeswax, and a guy fucks with them. Would you want that kind of person as a customer in your bar? Only if you wanted to keep an eye on him all the time and be ready to intervene on his behalf all the time. He brought trouble into the bar, and the last thing a bar needs is trouble. Get rid of him. 86 him. He needs to know the behavior will not be tolerated. If the bar let's him continue patronage, it shows a grave lack of good business sense, as well as insensitivity to the victims of his bullishness.

    Posted by: kody | Sep 28, 2009 11:46:51 AM

  23. It would be great if Towleroad got the names of the cops and posted them together with pics. Ask them why they were so lax about doing their job. Stigmatize them. They are paid to do a professional job and protect all citizens. They should be fired.

    Posted by: jeff reichenbacher | Sep 28, 2009 11:58:32 AM

  24. How "self-loathing" is it to expect everyone else to risk their own safety for you and fight all your fights for you?

    How "self-loathing" is it to live in cities under constant threat of attack, surrounded by those who hate you...without any skills to fight back and defend yourself?

    How "self-loathing" is it to expect cops to be bodyguards despite their record of indifference?


    GROW UP.

    Time for some honesty: if you act Gay, walk Gay, talk Gay GREAT. More power to you. BUT YOU ARE A TARGET. YOU BETTER LEARN TO FIGHT GAY.


    Posted by: Mark | Sep 28, 2009 12:17:26 PM

  25. 2 problems here: one is cops the other is McCoy's. McCoys! What is UP with that place? I live in the area and go to ALL of the local bars and clubs, and McCoy's ALWAYS has a stench and a few old leathery drunks coming out of it. Can something GOOD come out of this incident? Close that place down.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 28, 2009 12:34:04 PM

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