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Gay Couple Attacked, Badly Beaten in D.C. Hate Crime: VIDEO


A gay D.C. couple were badly beaten over the weekend in an attack police are investigating as a hate crime.

MyFOXDC reports:

It happened just after midnight on Sunday morning on the 1900 block of 3rd Street in Northeast D.C.

Michael Joel Hall and his partner, Michael Roike, were jumped by a gang of men as they were walking home. The men had been dropped off near their home, when friends say they were ambushed. The group severely beat Hall. His cheek was broken and he suffered other facial injuries. Roike was also beaten, but his injuries were far less severe.

Roike's mother, Michelle, says she is convinced the men would have been killed had it not been for a woman and her boyfriend who intervened.


A Facebook page and Paypal account have been set up to support the couple. Hall's apartment was also recently destroyed in a fire. He has no health insurance.

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  1. Just a "gang of men," huh? No physical description of them.

    Gee, I wonder why......

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 11:34:14 AM

  2. We know the description. Its DC afterall. I checked the FB site of the guy that was attacked. His quote is about how he doesn't want a dime of government money and wants to keep his guns. blah blah. I think he has cost the government a lot more than a dime so far from this incident

    Posted by: jk | Jul 24, 2012 11:40:15 AM

  3. "he has no health insurance"

    lines like this read as primitively barbaric to us non-Americans.

    it's still mindblowing to me that millions of Americans have no problem whatsoever with having a humanity-insulting system of "healthcare" that is about filling the bank accounts of execs, not helping those who need medical care.

    "hey, sorry you got attacked, we're gonna need to stitch you up and set a cast and blah blah blah, oh, what's that? no insurance? hope you have a few thousand dollars to spare, because making you pay lots of money after this violent attack isn't adding insult to injury or anything".....


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 11:40:55 AM

  4. Maybe i don't understand because I live in England but what are you two implying?

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jul 24, 2012 11:42:12 AM

  5. Danswon, ignore Rick. His comment was a not-so-veiled racist statement.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 24, 2012 11:44:27 AM

  6. @JK So why not reveal the description? Why the avoidance on the part of all the media outlets, including this one?.....who did the same thing with the Louisville attack recently. Why, when releasing physical descriptions of perpetrators or such crimes is routine procedure in an attempt tp identify them?

    We all know why, don't we?

    And are you seriously going the extra PC mile and trying to attack the victim?


    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 11:45:01 AM

  7. Little Canadian,

    PLEASE STFU about stuff you really don't understand. And yes, we all know Canada and Canadians are superior to Americans. We get it.


    D.C. is indeed a dangerous city. At one point it was averaging 500[!] murders a year, in a city slightly smaller than Boston, which peaked in 1990 at around 175 murders. I'll leave it at that, to say more will only get some people's panties in a bunch.


    So he owns guns. Bug deal. Too bad he didn't have one on him and use it, he and his B.F. might be OK. The police didn't stop their assault, did they? No, they didn't. I guess some people have no problem being poor little victims and they want everyone else to be likewise as passive.

    If anything, gay people of all people, should be armed. I know, I know, I'm making 'progressives' cringe and sneer.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2012 11:51:29 AM

  8. @Danswon 90% of attacks like this on gays are perpetrated by blacks. But the politically correct media, including the politically correct gay media, try to cover it up because they don't want to acknowledge the pervasive homophobia(and racism) of blacks, as it interferes with their mythological notion that all minorities are "on the same side" and that one should never blame anybody who is not white for perpetrating any crime on someone who is.

    Just as they try to cover up the fact that blacks vote in overwhelming numbers to defeat any gay rights initiative and are usually in the front lines of the opposition when such measures are being considered by any legislative body...and are basically the most homophobic group in society, by far.

    It's all about perpetuating a lie.

    Note that Kiwi, the biggest PC hack on this board, who normally would be all over this as a "hate crime" instead tries to divert attention from it (which would entail acknowledging the race of the perpetrators) by talking about health insurance coverage.

    What a joke.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 11:53:19 AM

  9. Maybe i don't understand because I live in England but what are you two implying?

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jul 24, 2012 11:42:12 AM

    I think he's Implying THEY were Black....cause, DC is majority black....funny how No mention at all of the pwerpetrators???>

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 24, 2012 11:54:47 AM

  10. Dear Trolls, it's not my fault you're such cowards that you need to live vicariously though an anonymous internet handle. Keep it up, you'll eventually die in your closets and nobody will care.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 11:57:47 AM

  11. @Little Canadian,

    Can't you answer any legitimate question without resorting to personal insults? We aren't talking about closeted gays and only tangentially about healthcare, for which your knowledge of how the U.S. heathcare system works is lacking.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2012 12:01:48 PM

  12. The facts: the zip code where this crime took place is 20002, it has a murder rate 5x the national average, assaut rate 4x the national average, vehicle theft 5x the national average, robbery 6x the national average, rape 2x the national average. The racial make-up of the zip code is 66% African American, 22% Caucasian, 6% Latino, 6% Other.

    Posted by: Tophy Verdugo | Jul 24, 2012 12:01:57 PM

  13. Does anyone else want one of these attacks to get turned on the attackers for once? WHEN are these jerks gonna pick the wrong gay people to mess with and get their a55es handed to them? We've all seen those huge muscle dudes at the gym. Try messing with one of them.

    Posted by: AJ | Jul 24, 2012 12:03:03 PM

  14. Hey Rick, are you ready to provide the URL to show us all what a strong manly empowered masculine Out gay male role model you are, or are you still just here to anonymously comment because you never got over the fact that your father was ashamed to call you his son?

    :D just curious.

    and yeah, as a Canadian, what struck me most about this was the insulting reality that a victim of violence is expected to pay massive hospital bills if they're "not covered"

    what sort of barbaric nation of selfish @ssholes supports a system like this?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 12:06:58 PM

  15. Once again Little Canadian, you're making numerous ignorant assumptions based on things you've read posted online, some of which are false or half truths.



    Many of those muscle dudes are really big p*ssies. I'm serious. The toughest guys I've ever dealt with in my life have been often physically small and/or thin-skinny.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2012 12:11:17 PM

  16. prove it, troll(s). stop using the internet as a burqa. stop being upset that you're not man enough to put a face to your comments. it's not the fault of anyone but yourselves that you're such cowards.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 12:15:28 PM

  17. This is why one stays out of anywhere but NW when in Washington.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 24, 2012 12:15:41 PM

  18. I hope both young men recover quickly and completely.

    Rick and Ratbastard thrive on stories of black on white crime in America. They love it. It reaffirms their belief in their racial superiority.

    If I can be the victim of violent crime in a big city then why the hell shouldn't Rick and Ratbastard? What's so special about them that they should be immuned to big city violent crime?

    You reap what you sow.

    Our country has allowed generational poverty to go on decade after decade. And that generational poverty affects a larger percentage of Black Americans than White Americans. And poor people living in poor circumstances are more prone to resort to violence. Liberals have been saying this for 150 years. It was true with poor Whites of American big cities in the past, and it's true for inner city poor Blacks today.

    You reap what you sow.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 24, 2012 12:17:58 PM

  19. LMAO at Ratbastard chastising one commenter for making assumptions. And then directly following it with assumptions.

    Are the little equal marks supposed to represent where you turn into a hypocrite?

    Posted by: endo | Jul 24, 2012 12:18:31 PM

  20. "Does anyone else want one of these attacks to get turned on the attackers for once? WHEN are these jerks gonna pick the wrong gay people to mess with and get their a55es handed to them?"

    Trust me, if the victims, who are white, had shot their black attackers in self-defense, the NAACP would completely ignore the facts and would jump on it immediately as a white-on-black "hate crime" (a la Travyvon Martin).....and some of these twisted Far Left gay ideologues like Kiwi would no doubt find some twisted means of agreeing with them....and would turn on the gay men who had been attacked.

    That is how sick some of these people are.

    I just hope that justice is done some day and they find themselves victims in an attack like this and the rest of us have an opportunity to turn a cold shoulder to them. That is about the only way they are ever going to learn their lessons, obviously.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 12:18:33 PM

  21. That's what they get for living in the sticks. A hick town. RedneckVille.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 24, 2012 12:19:09 PM

  22. Waiting for PAULR to say this couple should move to a bigger city where these things are less likely to happen....err, wait a minute! You mean these things happen in major cities too?

    RICK: Quit your race baiting. At this point, you don't know anything.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 24, 2012 12:20:01 PM

  23. Rick, it's not my fault nor the fault of liberals or members of the black community that the only time your father ever touched you was when he felt like some good old-fashioned molestin'.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 12:21:05 PM

  24. Typical Leftist Ideologue effeminates who defend blacks because they resent being real men. And my father never molested me, it was entirely consensual and I loved every minute of it. Except for the fact that he made me dress up in drag when we'd have sex, which is entirely the fault of you stereotypical effeminate feminist sissies.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 12:22:29 PM

  25. @Derrick: so what's the solution? Give away everyone else's money so nobody is poor? Not exactly a workable game plan.

    @Kiwi: Have your little troll wars all you want with Rick. But to make ANY joke about child abuse is beyond any bounds of human decency. I knew you were obnoxious, but I still never expected that from you. You are a disgrace, and you ought to be ashamed of yourself for that.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 24, 2012 12:25:06 PM

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