The grand jury in Hudson County, New Jersey has indicted two former employees of a Burger King restaurant for brutal beating of a gay male couple in July 2007.
Garden State Equality, a New Jersey LGBT civil rights organization provides the details:
The indictment, State of New Jersey v. Angel Caraballo and Christopher Soto, charges the employees in six counts, the most serious being a first-degree hate crime. The other counts include second- and third-degree aggravated assault.
When the couple asked for a refund for a menu item that the counter person discovered was not available, another counter person then asked who wanted the refund – “The faggots over there?”
The couple left the restaurant. A group of Burger King employees followed them to a side street and beat them mercilessly, though not fatally.
The employees made repeated anti-gay slurs during the beating.
Garden State Equality and Hudson Diversity Action Council will a hold rally against hate next Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 6:00 pm, Pride Connections Center of New Jersey, 32 Jones Street, Jersey City.