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Hate Crime Against New Orleans Gay Activists Caught on Surveillance Video: WATCH

(via michael democker times picayune)

Video of an early morning hate crime being committed against John Hill and John Weimer, Jr., two prominent New Orleans gay activists, was caught on surveillance camera on Saturday. A man stole the Pride flag from in front of their historic district home and sprayed "fags" on their front door. Hill is the chairman of Louisiana's Forum for Equality, an LGBT rights organization. Police are seeking assistance in identifying the perpetrator.

The Times Picayune reports:

The video, filmed from a neighboring gallery, shows a van parking directly in front of Hill's townhouse in historic Julia Row, in the 600 block of Julia Street. A man emerges, walks to the rear of the van and pulls down a ladder. He walks to the sidewalk, sets the ladder in place, climbs up it and tears the flag from Hill's second-story balcony. He puts the flag and the ladder in the van.

Then, instead of leaving, the man re-emerges holding a can of spray paint. He sprays an anti-gay slur on a shutter before getting back in the van and driving away.

Hill and Weimer are undaunted by the attacks and have replaced the stolen Pride flag with two new ones.

Said Hill to FOX8: "I thought what an idiot. He thinks he's intimidating me, well, you got the wrong gay fella. I'm just doubling down now."

Watch a report from NOLA's FOX8 and the surveillance footage, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via kenneth in the 212)

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And here's the raw surveillance footage:

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  1. Too bad the license plate is not clear. This would be solved in no time, otherwise.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 4, 2013 8:00:27 AM

  2. Cowards! (People who did it.)

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 4, 2013 8:27:00 AM

  3. They will catch the man who did this. I thought New Orleans was a liberal area.

    Posted by: Robbie Horn | Aug 4, 2013 8:38:18 AM

  4. @Robbie

    NO it's not. The French Quarter...only part of it is gay...walk too far down Bourbon St and the straight tourists will call you fag.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 4, 2013 9:17:32 AM

  5. New Orleans is quite liberal, especially in comparison to the rest of the South. It is a blue city in a sea of red, but that doesn't mean that everyone that enters Orleans Parish is an enlightened and compassionate progressive.

    New Orleans is one of the best cities in the country, gay or straight, but ignorant assholes are everywhere. Even places like New York have hate crimes, it doesn't mean the cities aren't liberal.

    Posted by: OddBet | Aug 4, 2013 11:07:26 AM

  6. Does that say "EAGS"?

    Posted by: Truth! | Aug 4, 2013 11:37:55 AM

  7. Police & FBI are going " investigate IF it was a hate crime"?

    IF ? ? ?

    What else could this be? You have the stolen symbol and the sloppy, misspelled slur on an historical building. A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”

    So NOPD and FBI get on it. It's a hate crime by your very own definition (the definition was borrowed from the FBI's website.)

    Posted by: Lucca | Aug 4, 2013 12:27:43 PM

  8. Looks like the perp, telling from his gait, is a black male, probably older.

    Posted by: H | Aug 4, 2013 1:00:16 PM

  9. H...ignorance knows no bounds...wouldn't you agree? I'm sure you would.

    Posted by: Connie | Aug 4, 2013 1:53:10 PM

  10. The Rodney King beating qualifies as a videotaped hate crime.

    Posted by: GLA | Aug 4, 2013 2:39:51 PM

  11. White nazi evangelical trash.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 4, 2013 3:29:54 PM

  12. I definitely hope they catch the person; that will be a fantastic interview. And I love that this guy mentions that all the e-mailing haters will likely be getting a visit from the FBI or Police... (if only that were the case) It will likely give them pause in the future.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Aug 4, 2013 3:38:35 PM

  13. These vermin are like cockroaches.... They disappear when the lights come on.

    Posted by: louis | Aug 4, 2013 4:29:01 PM

  14. Pumpkin smashers should be executed.

    Posted by: Garth | Aug 4, 2013 5:00:46 PM

  15. It's a white 2001 to 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with gray bumpers with a black bump strip. The gray bumpers were standard on base model short wheelbase Caravans, but I don't know how they could show up on a Grand and that is definitely a Grand. And the black bump strips are aftermarket.

    So while there are a lot of 2001 - 2007 white Grand Caravans around so it would take a lot of sleuthing, this one has some easily identifiable characteristics. I assume the police can figure this all out.

    And after watching a bunch of times, I don't see anything black or white about his gait, although he is definetely not light skinned.

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 4, 2013 9:50:24 PM

  16. I just wonder why any man who is "secure" in his own sexuality, would wait until the middle of the night to do something like this? Something tells me his closet is full.

    Posted by: John Normile | Aug 5, 2013 2:14:33 AM

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