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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. My partner and I were victims of a hate crime in NYC in 2008. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims. It is very difficult.

    I strongly encourage the victims to contact the AVP at Also email the mayor's office.

    After my attacks, people online made attacks against me, the victim. I don't believe that responding in violence would have been the right answer in my case.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 28, 2009 12:36:21 PM

  2. Tell all your straight friends to boycott and McCoys Bar :)

    Posted by: NYC | Sep 28, 2009 12:41:36 PM

  3. I get being a bigger man and walking away from a fight, but if you're going to exchange words, be ready for whatever is coming. The moment someone touches you get your fists up. Even if he's bigger, fuck it, bite him or SOMETHING. It's not a boxing ring, it's the sidewalk.

    Posted by: me | Sep 28, 2009 12:45:23 PM

  4. wow, gay bashing outside an Irish bar and the NYC cops did nothing?! -- now i am being sarcastic "NYCLawyer"

    Posted by: bulldykes-a-go-go | Sep 28, 2009 12:46:02 PM

  5. funny how the "lawyers" and "taxpayers" leaving stupid ignorant comments about a horrific act of violence against other human beings seems to overshadow the importance OF the people/cops/ in positons to do somthing about it,'serve and protect' ALL citizens that DO NOTHING - i dont think it was right the cops did nothing, mis-use and abuse of authority. NYC cops whatta bad bad joke worse are their macho small minded groupies who buy 'em drinks in these bars like *ahem* McCoy's *helllo*

    Posted by: bulldykes-a-go-go | Sep 28, 2009 12:55:27 PM

  6. Sorry, I'm with the guys on the first page. Actually, I'm NOT sorry. 4 gay men, one basher, and they just stand around waiting to get punched? I gotta agree, grow a pair and learn to defend yourself. This is an embarrassment. As soon as the first guy got thrown on the car, that's when the other THREE had license to do what they needed to do.

    Instead, they allowed themselves to become victims. NO sympathy at all.

    Posted by: DR | Sep 28, 2009 1:04:45 PM

  7. $100 bux say the cops knew the basher....

    hello Irish bar...NYC cop....hell's kitchen


    Posted by: bulldykes-a-go-go | Sep 28, 2009 1:11:30 PM

  8. this is so weird... my boyfriend and i used to drink at mccoy's all the time and nothing bad happened. i live right around the corner- i'm really sad to hear this- i guess i won't be going there anytime soon.

    Posted by: j-f | Sep 28, 2009 3:43:40 PM

  9. These anti-gay comments make me sick. How many straight men would choose to get into a fight with a guy or guys bigger than they are, especially when the aggressor is drunk and angry? Straight does not equal smart, strong or brave.

    Straight or gay you have to pick your fights. Gay people shouldn't have to protect themselves from anyone. Neither should African Americans or Hispanics...or white people or straight people.

    The police were wrong and the bouncer at McCoys was wrong.

    Posted by: Sherri | Sep 28, 2009 6:22:11 PM

  10. 4 guys got beat up by 1 guy? if you cant fight you shouldnt give lip to drunks hanging outside of bars in the wee hours of the morning, the gay thing is relatively new here and there are still plenty of us long time hell's kitchen residents here who lived through the bad days. now nobody should get assaulted but again 4 guys who cant handle themselves shouldnt be getting into arguments with drunks outside of bars. this is getting blown way out of proportions and this is coming from someone who is no friend of mccoys as i have been banned from there for a number of years now.

    Posted by: john | Sep 28, 2009 6:37:40 PM

  11. wow. I remember a stabbing (murder?) that went on outside there in the early 2000's

    Posted by: cali | Sep 28, 2009 6:58:46 PM

  12. @ Sherri

    Spoken like a true brainwashed PC "Gay" who drank the Kool Aid.

    You're right, "Gay people SHOULDN'T have to protect themselves from anyone." But you know what? In the real world THEY HAVE TO. Because in the real world THEY CONTINUE TO GET THE SHIT KICKED OUT OF THEM.


    There were FOUR SMART, SOBER, FIT, ABLE BODIED Gay guys NONE of whom were drunk, high or in wheelchairs, NONE of whom were in any way prevented from fighting back. Their "attacker" was one DRUNK guy with impaired consciousness and reflexes. AND THEY STILL LET HIM BEAT THEM AND INTIMIDATE THEM.

    One of The Gays could have called the cops while the other two or three fought back and/or restrained the basher until the police arrived. What did these guys think was going to happen BETWEEN a call to the cops and the cops arrival?! That the basher would just stop his attack and politely wait?! RESTRAINING AN ATTACKER IS A MEANS OF SELF-DEFENSE. TO RESTRAIN AN ATTACKER YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO FIGHT. YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO SUBDUE AN OPPONENT WITH LITTLE OR NO SERIOUS INJURY. Not very hard to do. Especially if it's one old drunk guy.

    How many guys who go out in groups actually make an action plan like that? How many even care to?

    It is lazy, arrogant and self-entitled (not to mention self-loathing) to live in a large dangerous city where anti-Gay hate crimes occur on a demonstrably regular basis WITHOUT any means of self-defense.

    What makes me "sick" is when other Gays are so fucking deluded by PC bullshit they feel entitled to pity and protection from others. No one ever got their full civil rights by feeling self-entitled. They had to fight.


    Posted by: Mark | Sep 28, 2009 7:11:13 PM

  13. Don't mean to sound too Neanderthal here, but, where I grew up, you'd only embarrass yourself by actually calling the police because one drunken guy beat you and your three friends up (unless you're like.....89 years old).

    Posted by: JT | Sep 28, 2009 7:12:09 PM

  14. 4 precious City Gays = HALF a drunk man.

    Not even 4 Gays make one real man. I'm embarrassed for them as men.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 28, 2009 7:55:59 PM

  15. A lot of gays are probably like these their minds, they can SAY anything to anyone and that's fine, but you can't HIT them ever. Well, technically you're right. But in the real world, where the other 90 percent live, guys get in fights all the time. I'm sure the cops saw some drunk guy fighting after a bunch of guys mouthed off. I'm astounded that these guys think they can mouth off to some drunk dude and think nothing will happen. And I'm sure when the cop saw that he had beaten up FOUR guys at the same time, then they were likely embarrased for the gay guys and figured they wouldn't want anyone to know.

    Posted by: Male | Sep 28, 2009 8:04:07 PM

  16. wow, people on here are homophobic straight people (how's that gay link gonna look in your internet history), or really self-loathing, i wish i was straight "butch" gay guys.

    i bet you all go around blaming rape victims too and thinking if we all had guns there'd be no crime. Getting verbally into an argument with someone who threw a lit cigarette at you and called you a faggot does not mean you should be prepared to fight. Getting into a fight could easily mean one or two people get seriously hurt, who was the victim could amazingly become the aggressor and suspect, and you don't know the size or physical training (military or police service) differences between the people.

    If you get cut and bleed from a man punching you and the police say they can't do anything, that's bullshit. I see kids locked up, under 15, for much less every day. these cops, and I will say midtown north cops generally seem annoyed at handling regular calls...i guess they like big fancy Times Square assignments fighting terror more.

    Gay guys should be prepared to defend themselves, as should everyone, but it IS the police department's responsibility to try and prevent those incidents from occurring, and when they do, to fully investigate and appropriately charge those involved.

    Posted by: chrisnyc | Sep 28, 2009 9:23:52 PM

  17. MARK

    keep telling yourself you're a real man as you suck that dick you love so much--not just Tuesdays and Fridays but every day--

    Posted by: Christopher | Sep 28, 2009 9:32:44 PM

  18. @ Christopher

    Someone spoiling your precious Urban Gay Fantasy? What are you going to do? Tell me off, run away and call the cops?

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 28, 2009 10:31:45 PM

  19. I live at 51st and 9th. I am a smaller guy who carries a knife and has been practicing martial arts. I wonder how McCoys and the cops who have their precinct just 3 blocks away would feel is someone were stabbed for attacking me.

    This is the exact violence that I fought so hard to get away from in the Southern US.

    Posted by: Gregory | Sep 29, 2009 3:11:30 AM

  20. Doesn't anyone carry mace?

    Doesn't anyone have video on their cell phone?

    Posted by: Vera Waitress | Sep 29, 2009 5:02:15 AM

  21. First of all, if it's an Irish guy saying "faggot", it's likely he's closeted. Happens all the time in Chicago.

    Second, if it's an Irish guy, he'll be back for another drink there tomorrow. Why not engage him in some friendly conversation?

    Posted by: Vera Waitress | Sep 29, 2009 5:07:42 AM

  22. @ Gregory & Vera Waitress

    Couldn't agree more. Is not hard to defend yourself. Even if you get roughed up how can anyone live in a world where they let random people attack them all the time, anywhere?! What kind of self-loathing mindset is that?!

    Knife, mace, pepper spray, cell phone video. Jesus, where do The Gays get the idea they can't lift a finger to protect themselves?

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 29, 2009 9:57:17 AM

  23. I do not agree with the hate crime laws. every time a gay man or women is assaulted people tend to label it as a hate crime right away. When tensions are elevated and people start arguing, a straight man can call another straight man a faggot but, there is no hate crime being commited. I've seen gay men fight one another and call eachother faggots but no hate crime can be reported.
    the guy who flicked the cigarette could have just thrown it into the path of these people while they were walking by and that started the altercation but, they were gay so lets tack on an additional charge..............No Way!!!!!!

    Posted by: Terrence | Sep 30, 2009 5:31:34 PM

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