Adam Polaski

Possible Hate Crime Investigated in Portland

Filed By Adam Polaski | May 25, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: hate crimes against LGBT people, holding hands, oregon, Portland, Q-Center, Sam Adams

bridge.jpgA possible hate crime is being investigated in Portland, Ore. this week. Two men, Brad Forkner and Christopher Rosevear, told local authorities that they were assaulted by a group of men on Sunday night near a popular walking trail by a city park. Forkner and Rosevear were holding hands, and they reported to police that the other men were pointing and laughing, presumably at the display of affection.

The couple said the men then pushed Forkner away and began to attack Rosevear, who endured kicks and punches to the face, neck, back, and ribs.

A local TV news spot about the incident highlights the Q-Center, an organization that works toward greater acceptance for the LGBT community in Portland. For about a year now, the Q-Center has sponsored "Q Patrols" to help protect members of the community - prompted after an attack on a gay couple last year, the Q Patrol, a group of volunteers, walk around the city's entertainment district.

The Portland mayor, Sam Adams, released a statement about the possible hate crime:

We seek to be the city of the most equal opportunity, and we can only be that city if all people are safe and have a sense of safety on our streets and in our parks. Any two people in Portland should be able to take a walk, hand in hand, without fearing for their safety.

The Portland Police Bureau said that eight bias crimes have been reported in the city from the beginning of the year through April.

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