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Austin, TX Officials Express Concern About Anti-Gay Hate Crime


Members of Austin City Council and Equality Texas held a press conference yesterday to express concern about the recent hate crime targeting two gay softball players there, which I posted about earlier this week.

The Statesman reports: Council Members Randi Shade and Laura Morrison said that although they are confident police are dedicating the necessary resources to investigate the matter, hate crime remains a real and alarming concern. 'I have every reason to believe our Police Department will pursue this,' Shade said."

Watch KVUE's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Police are still looking for the four men responsible for the attack.

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  1. It's worth pointing out that one of the city council members at this press conference, Randi Shade, is openly lesbian, as is the Travis County district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg.

    I'm hoping that the pressure on the Austin Police Department gets them to think a little bit more if something like this happens again. The chief who took over a couple years ago really likes to throw huge amounts of manpower around, but it didn't happen this time as far as I've heard.

    Posted by: DL | Feb 26, 2010 10:00:19 AM

  2. I believe that all officials are there to protect all citizens not to go agasint them or else what is the point of having that job all this is unepcetable and all things that go agaisnt LGBT people should be a CRIME no exceptions we have the hate crime bill all those who commit serious crimes towards LGBT people should be PUNISHED it's the law NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!

    Posted by: rob c | Feb 26, 2010 6:04:36 PM

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