Surely you recall the case of a Log Cabin Republicans member who was assaulted by a Marine at the Hilton Anatole during the gay GOP group’s National Convention last month. You may also remember that the Dallas Police Department initially declined to release its report from the incident. This prompted Instant Tea to file a request under the Texas Public Information Act, and earlier this week we obtained a copy of the report.
You can read the narrative sections of the report by going here and here. You’ll notice that we’ve redacted the names of the suspect, victim and witnesses. (Also, please excuse our underlines.) The first narrative was written by officers who responded to the Anatole. The second was written by an officer who interviewed the parties at DPD headquarters the next day.
According to the report, the victim and three of his friends clearly felt the incident was an anti-gay hate crime. They told police the suspect just walked up behind the victim, said, “What’s your problem, faggot?” and shoved him, cauing his head to strike a drinking glass, cutting his nose. The victim and his friends also pleaded with officers to take the suspect to jail — and even threatened to contact the media if they didn’t. But the officers chose instead to issue a citation, and allow the suspect to return to his room, due to “conflicting stories.”
The suspect claimed the victim had whistled and made sexual gestures toward another member of the suspect’s party. The suspect told police that when the victim refused to stop, he shoved him.
The next day, the victim and his partner gave written affidavits saying the victim had consumed up to 10 drinks prior to the incident at various locations, including JR’s and the Round-Up.
The suspect, meanwhile, said that when he approached the victim and asked him to stop making catcalls and sexual gestures, a small verbal argument ensued and the victim stood up from his chair. This caused the suspect to feel threatened, according to the report, and he shoved the victim down.
When the victim and suspect ran into each other at the police station, the suspect apologized and they “discussed that both of them were intoxicated and that each had a part in this event.”
“This is not a hate crime as the suspect did not single out the [victim] for his sexual orientation,” the report states. “During the heat of the altercation the suspect did call the [victim] a faggot. The [victim] stated that he did not have time to come back to Dallas to pursue this offense and was glad that the suspect apologized and recognized that his actions were wrong.”