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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. @Derrick Then why don't you move to Haiti or Nigeria or some other such thriving place where you can enjoy the benefits of affluence and social tranquility that results when such high-potential people are freed from the constraints put on them and can rule themselves?

    By the way, this was a HATE CRIME, not motivated by "poverty", as the attackers did not take anything of value from the victims. Pure unadulterated hate, undoubtedly motivated as much by race as by homophobia, as much black homophobia is.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 12:27:26 PM

  2. people cannot debate so they resort to attacks and accusations of molestation. desperate

    Posted by: oousslander | Jul 24, 2012 12:27:42 PM

  3. Well, the reality is that gunviolence is not because of "lack of morals" - it's about desperation, and the realities of socioeconomic divide.

    this, of course, is ignored by people who cling to their guns from the safety of their (white) gated communities, and those who profit from privatized-prisons.

    we have a culture where one cannot live and provide on a minimum-wage paying job. we have people working multiple crappy jobs to barely make ends meet who are then not around to take care of their own children.

    you can't support a system that keeps people poor and destitute and then wonder why there's still crime

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 12:34:29 PM

  4. i dont know how this descended into a racial rant. as l posted earlier, his FB side (check it out), said he didnt want a dime of govt money. He is self sufficient. So why give him money? the majority of gay bashed victims get no media attention. If they have no insurance, no one is going to be Pay Paying them donations.

    Posted by: jk | Jul 24, 2012 12:44:46 PM

  5. "you can't support a system that keeps people poor and destitute and then wonder why there's still crime" Why not? Societies that go far out of the way to make sure people aren't poor and destitute (Norway, for example) still have crime, some of which is quite horrific.

    You go on and on about the wonders of Canada, but exactly how many life changing medicines or surgical procedures have been developed by the Canadian healthcare system? Can you name one off the top of your head? Can you even name one after 20 minutes on google and wikipedia? This guy who was attacked was exercising his freedom of choice to take a risk and not pay for health insurance, when he clearly could have. The American healthcare system has issues, but your smug sneering is completely unwarranted.

    Posted by: PaulR2 | Jul 24, 2012 12:47:05 PM

  6. The DC/Baltimore area is very, very dangerous in general, and especially for LGBT individuals. DC has, I believe, the highest hate crime rate in America, with no signs of slowing down. I know gay men who have moved from the area to Richmond (my city) to get away from the crime. High gay populated big cities like San Fran, Austin, or Seattle, for example, tend to have lower hate crime percentages but that isn't true for DC. Remember DC is the place where there was an anti-gay shooting at an IHOP and a stabbing of a 16 year old child.

    The place where this couple walked is an AWFUL area. The cabbie getting completely lost is sort of inexcusable, he should know his routes and where to be in the city. The cabbie is partially responsible for putting Michael and Michael in harms way.

    Very cute couple; very tragic attack. Hopefully the savages are caught and taken off the streets, and everyone should give a little donation to help Michael and Michael with their medical bills. They're going through a lot with their house also recently having burned down, and it would be good for them to see that there are a lot of people out there who care for them.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 24, 2012 12:49:26 PM

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

    They said the same thing to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He made it "exactly workable" and brought millions of White Americans out of poverty and into the middle class through government intervention. And Democrats should never back away from that legacy.


    let me ask you something: do you honestly believe that some drunken White fraternity brothers couldn't commit the same type of attack on a Gay couple?

    And your figure of "90% of attacks on Gays come from Blacks" is more than questionable. Where'd you get that figure?

    I was watching MSNBC's "Lock Up" a few weeks ago. I thought of Rick and Ratbastard (aint that a damn shame--thinking of those two on a Saturday night).

    There was a young White guy from West Virginia being featured. He was talking about how he, his father, his uncles, his grandfather had all been through the state prison system. And it occured to me that Ratbastard and Rick NEVER speak about White criminals--it's as though they don't exist. Only Black criminals excite them to what seems to be orgasmic levels. Oh, they come alive!!!

    What this young West Virginia offender seemed to have in common with Black offenders is generational poverty. You have poverty and no hope of overcoming it-- you're going to have to deal with violent crime.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 24, 2012 1:00:16 PM

  8. it's "unwarranted" to sneer at a system that says "Hey, sorry about your daughter's leukemia, but hey, it's your own fault for not being able to pay for her treatments"?

    you're disgusting.

    healthcare should not be a system run for profit.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 1:00:52 PM

  9. Cat fight between Kiwi and Rick aside... (seriously guys, get a life)

    This attack happened just blocks from my house and I'm sending positive thoughts and vibes to the victims of this attack. DC has made lots of progress over the years in terms of crime, but this goes to show that gays can't be too careful in the city.

    These kinds of attacks seem to be happening in "up-and-coming" areas like Eckington, Truxton Circle, and Columbia Heights where gentrification is changing the neighborhood demographics drastically.

    Posted by: John M | Jul 24, 2012 1:03:18 PM

  10. @Derrick,

    I'm not a racist and don't believe I'm superior to other so-called races. So spare me the usual race card. It's BS.

    And no, I don't 'thrive' on stories about black violence in the inner city, or racially motivated or hate crimes committed by black defendants. What does p me off is how even in 2012, some still try to cover up or defend the shear scope of this 'problem'. It's a very real 'problem', Derrick, and MANY people get hurt and are even murdered by this 'problem' that our society refuses to address because it involves race.

    The crazy guy in Colorado murdered what 11-12 people and shot others, correct? Does this kind of incident happen daily/ No, it doesn't, in fact so-called spree killings, mass killings, even serial killings are statistically pretty rare, not unusual but rare, which is why they get so much publicity. How many people have been shot, stabbed, beaten, murdered in Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta, D.C., Philly, Baltimore, Oakland/S.F., Miami, etc. over the past 6 months, Derrick? MANY, hundreds, and it will end up at the end of the year being THOUSANDS with all 'urban' areas combined. And I'm sorry, but young black males commit a hugely disproportionate amount of murders and violent crimes, way out of proportion to their actually percentage of the population. This is just a simple fact which has been true my entire life. Some people seem to think it's off limits to mention or discuss, and accuse those who of being 'racist'. Using the race card is one of the last refuges of a scoundrel.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2012 1:07:07 PM

  11. PAULR2: while Little Kiwi does come across as smug, your smugness is just as obvious. If you think Canada doesn't have world class hospitals doing medical advancements and research, you are wrong! Check out some medical journals. Not everything is done in the USA. Believe it or not, other countries are just as cutting edge.

    Just a quick google search of Canadian contribtions to medicine over the past 100 years:

    Electric Wheelchair
    T-cell receptor
    AIDS drug 3TC

    Posted by: CANUCK | Jul 24, 2012 1:13:54 PM

  12. I'm not smug. I'm literally disgusted by the way the US treats its citizens.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 1:19:39 PM

  13. Oh, and Derrick is, as usual, completely right. Some of the usual suspects always want to turn these incidents into race wars. It's a cultural issue, all. Poverty is one of the several factors.

    AJ, these thugs tend to go after non-threatening types, men (and women) who they view as weaker and thus, won't do anything to them in a fight. That's why you don't see muscle guys, bears, etc. attacked. But it wouldn't matter since these attacks are usually like 4 or more thugs vs 1 or 2 gay men. It's not a fair fight.

    The two Michael's are in quite high spirits given what has happened to them, it makes me feel a bit better myself to see them not giving in or allowing this to destroy their lives. The response they've gotten from friends and others in DC is nice but there has to be a way to at the very least slow down the horrible hate crime rate in DC. Can't believe in 2012 that a large metropolitan like DC, where marriage equality is legal, still has such a problem with hate crimes against gay people.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 24, 2012 1:21:06 PM


    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Jul 24, 2012 1:26:07 PM

  15. "exactly how many life changing medicines or surgical procedures have been developed by the Canadian healthcare system?"

    And while you are at it, name a great Canadian novel or a great Canadian play or a great Canadian painting or a great Canadian poem or a great Canadian opera or symphony.

    How about a great Canadian movie or TV show, even?

    Stumped? LOL.

    And while we are on the subject, is there no such thing as a Canadian gay blog? LOL

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 1:50:24 PM

  16. @Francis,

    Am I one of the 'usual suspects'? I certainly don't want to turn this incident in to a 'race war', but that doesn't mean we must p*ssyfoot around 'race' and the role it plays. And it does play a role, Francis. My life span parallels 35 years of the past 5o year 'war on poverty' and LBJ's 'Great Society', i.e. our welfare state. TRILLIONS have been spent on our so-called war on poverty, huge sums have been spent on schools and education. We've also had a half century of legal discrimination better known as affirmative action, federal subsidies, quotas, and tax credits for hiring 'oppressed' minorities. WHY in 2012 are we still confronted with this problem, i.e. inner-city, black instigated violence, black on black violence, black on everyone else violence? Why are women still being enabled when they make bad choices like multiple pregnancies, usually with different 'daddies', who of course can't care for the children they made? It's the #1 reason the U.S. has a big murder rate, violent crime rate, and high rate of 'gun' crime, bar none.

    Why are some OBVIOUS issues off-limits with 'progressives' who love pontificating about how open they are and how insular others are? You can say ANYTHING about some demographics, ANYTHING about some groups, and rest assured if this problem was primarily a problem with whites, especially white males, it would be if nit the number one topic of discussion, it would be near the very top. EVERYBODY knows what I'm writing is true.

    And I'm not even referring to just 'race' issues. Look what happened on this site with the circumcision post.

    Lesson learned:

    All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others. And this topic is taboo.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2012 1:53:43 PM

  17. My god you guys are strange.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 24, 2012 1:56:20 PM

  18. I usually get involved in these race debates but it's completely pointless as Rick, ratbastard and the other usual suspects are never going to change their obsession with race, except of course in the many instances where the attackers are white, and then silence.

    What interests me more is that a few weeks ago there were a couple of similar attacks, the details of which escape me, but the site was flooded with dozens of new commenters who had never appeared on towleroad before, all playing up the "blacks hate gays and we're sick of it" angle. They swarmed the site for a couple of weeks, but looks like they disappeared as this is exactly the sort of story they would have been all over. I wish someone would really investigate the source of all these comments and tie the money trail back to its obvious source, NOM. I think it would be incredibly embarrassing for them.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 24, 2012 2:03:21 PM

  19. If it was a group of black men, why not mention that in the reporting? Since the suspects are not yet in custody, it seems wholly appropriate to report their descriptions, which must include their race.

    Posted by: Rick Roberts | Jul 24, 2012 2:05:32 PM

  20. Rick: I am not going to fall for your baiting. (Insert eye roll) Yes, Canada is nothing more than a backwards country that only exports oil, hockey and Tim Hortons. You are a know-nothing troll just picking a fight. Not interested.

    Posted by: CANUCK | Jul 24, 2012 2:15:55 PM

  21. Lil KY: still monopolizing this board for your own ends I see. Please go away.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 24, 2012 2:21:53 PM

  22. Same for Rick and Ratbastard

    Posted by: CANUCK | Jul 24, 2012 2:27:36 PM

  23. @Canuck I have actually enjoyed my time in Canada, where I have spent much more time than Americans typically do.....and for the most part, have found Canadians to be agreeable people.

    I do, however, get rather heartily sick of the self-righteous, holier-than-thou, self-congratulatory BS that is forever being propagated by so many of the Canadians that visit this site (one in particular).....particularly when it comes to race or other issues that are distinctly American and that you just are not in a position to really understand.

    So consider my comment fair warning--you can very easily be shot down off your self-constructed pedestals, when any of us decide we wish to do so.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 24, 2012 2:30:23 PM

  24. You know, the arguments being used here are very similar to arguments used against gay people. Every time a gay person does something wrong it's used to support the premise that ALL gay people are bad, while the same crime (or whatever) committed by a straight person is just a "bad apple."

    Why is it that a gay couple being attacked by (you assume) a group of young black men is a confirmation of some general tendency of ALL black people but an attack perpetrated by whites, Asians, or any other race is a random event that ONLY reflects on those attackers and no one else?

    For one thing it's complete and utter horsesh!t that 90% of homophobic violence is perpetrated by black people. Is it true that homophobia in the black community is a problem? Yes. Does that need to be addressed? Yes again. But so does homophobia in ALL communities. Most of the legislative attacks on gay people, the limiting or stripping away of our legal rights, are perpetrated by white Christian conservatives and that has a far more negative effect on my life and the lives of other gay people than some random attack does, regardless of the race of the attacker(s).

    The tendency of some white gay men and women to support politicians who are ACTIVELY opposed to gay rights, apparently view them as sub-human, has a more negative effect.

    There are many indications that things ARE changing in the black community like they are in every other community. Personally I believe that the real "engine" of change in that community will be the same one it has been in others, that people NEED TO COME OUT because that has been shown to be the greatest factor in the lessening of homophobia, knowing people who are gay.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 24, 2012 2:31:37 PM

  25. you see, here in the US we find the idea of being dependent on the government repugnant. So we have health insurance, retirement accounts,and firearms.

    we understand our nanny state neighbors see it differently, but seriously... who cares what Canada thinks.

    Posted by: leesus | Jul 24, 2012 2:34:06 PM

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