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Santa Barbara Police Release Audio of New Years Eve Assault on Gay Couple by Skinheads: VIDEO

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Santa Barbara, California police this week released audio of a horrific New Years Eve attack after they said that they've exhausted all leads in the investigation. An active $10,000 reward for information on the suspects still stands.

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  1. Twice in 24 hours Towleroad has reported on a gay man being attacked/beaten when walking around at 2:00am. Nothing good happens after midnight. Your odds get a lot worse after the sun goes down.

    Posted by: Twice | Oct 26, 2012 12:58:29 PM


  2. TWICE are you insane? Blame the victim much, jesus. Straight people can be out after 2:00am and not fear getting beaten because of their sexual orientation so should we. Enjoying a night out with friends, going to a club and dancing, being a part of night life -- those are all things we should be able to enjoy just like straight people.

    Posted by: David | Oct 26, 2012 1:19:18 PM


  3. The taxi driver is right beside them.....there must be video monitors which have picked up and identified the taxi as it drove away.

    I presume the police have investigated the driver for any information.
    And who is taking the video ? And has that individual not identified the assailants ?
    Was it outside a night club ?
    How many skinheads are there in Santa Barbara ? Do they not stick out like a sore thumb ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 26, 2012 1:20:57 PM


  4. And who is talking to whom in that video ?
    And what did they see......or do ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 26, 2012 1:22:06 PM


  5. Folks, you gotta be careful especially at that time of the day, in an environment went many bars and clubs are closing, and obviously on a day like New Years Eve [I like to call it Amateur Eve]. I hope they catch the perps but truth is most crimes go unsolved and most perps get away with it. The usually only get caught after habitually engaging in antisocial behavior, someone rats them out to police, or in the act by cops, which is the rarest situation of them all.

    If you're in place where you can legally obtain a firearm, get it, along with training on how to properly and safely use it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 26, 2012 1:22:26 PM


  6. @Jack, There are ALL KINDS of gangs in California. Every conceivable race, ethnicity, etc., There's a sizable 'Skinhead' presence in the U.S. western region, along with the other race and ethnic based gangs I mentioned. L.A. has a massive gang violence problem.
    .

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 26, 2012 1:26:38 PM


  7. @ RATBASTARD :
    I'm surprised to hear that there is a skinhead problem in Santa Barbara; I'd expect it in eastern Europe and even in Germany.
    But in this case there are at least 3 uninvolved witnesses; the driver, the camera man and whoever he/she is talking to (if anyone).
    There are also two victims.
    And how many witnesses do the police need ?
    And there must be video evidence in the neighbourhood.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 26, 2012 1:48:03 PM


  8. Video evidence is often unreliable in identifying suspects. I have a friend who was attacked at gunpoint after being followed for about a mile down a busy video-surveilled street. The image was incredibly grainy and the cops couldn't do anything so the freak is still out there.

    It is no one's fault but the sick perpetrators in these cases. We all immediately jump to what we would have done diffrently when we hear about these things, because we don't want to believe it can happen to us. Such a response is human nature and nothing against the victims at all, it's a natural psychological tendency to cope with news like this. Believe me, I know. I even did it after my friend was attacked.

    Posted by: AJ | Oct 26, 2012 2:27:59 PM


  9. How dare these gay people exercise their basic right to move about freely. They should be at home, hiding. Oh, and I'm being sarcastic.

    Posted by: Sam Armstrong | Oct 26, 2012 2:33:13 PM


  10. why did it take 11 months to release this.... Imagine if this was a young white straight couple? It would be all over the news the next day.

    Posted by: John Normile | Oct 26, 2012 2:57:51 PM


  11. Exactly, John Normile. I was waiting to say something similiar. I've followed every reported anti-gay attack and murder of the last six years. What I've noticed is how the police regardless of where they are like to sit on information and let the crime go cold. There is no urgency to reach out to the public to get information soon after the crime happens. There are robberies that happen where the videos of the robberies are released to news station immediately to get the public to identify the perpetrators. You don't see that with anti-gay crimes.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Oct 26, 2012 4:49:34 PM


  12. This happened on New Years Eve? Why hasn't anyone questioned the fact that it's taken 10 months to release this? Seems like a mucked-up investigation.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 26, 2012 6:14:34 PM


  13. @Twice: You sound like the kind of guy who blames the girl for the rape because she was dressed in sexy clothing. You should rethink your opinion.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 27, 2012 10:52:34 AM


  14. "DAVID,"

    "Gays" ARE CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING ABOUT "gay-bashing." WHY DON'T CLUB OWNERS PROVIDE ARMED SECURITY TO MONITOR PARKING LOTS AND CLUB ENTRANCES. ARE THEY TOO DRUNK OFF THEIR PROFITS TO PROVIDE A PEACE-OF-MIND FOR PATRONS?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Nov 3, 2012 9:36:13 PM


  15. "RATBASTARD,"

    I DO NOT THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO TELL INSECURE "gays" TO CONCEAL-CARRY. MISINTERPRETING A SITUATION COULD PLACE THEM IN CRIMINAL COURT. WHO DO YOU THINK THE JUDGE WILL BELIEVE? - AN EFFEMINATE AND INSECURE "gay man," OR, A HETEROSEXUAL WHO MERELY INDICATED HIS DISAPPROVAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY? A MAN WITH A GUN BETTER KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING. PERIOD.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Nov 3, 2012 9:44:38 PM


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