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Lafayette Bashing...

Filed By Ed Team | September 18, 2005 9:08 PM | comments

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Continuation--- as I left Crawdaddys .. I crossed Main Street -- a very friendly place now alive at night... and heard some young drunks leaving the Brew Pub across the street yellingh about how the place was filled with QUEERS. (I thought they meant Crawdaddys.. which woulda been true.) Come to find out later.. the new owners of the gay bar in town had been verbally harassed in the Pub by the same "kids"-- 20+s. These four walked down the street.. towards the only gay bar.. and as I approached from behind, two ducked into a store alcove... I passed and they fell in behind me. By this time the other two in front had indicated they weren't a threat. I reached the door of Zoolegers (The Zoo) the new gay bar in town.. just as they were on me heels. I now wish I had confronted them.. and hoped the bar would empty out. But.. the worst part is that feeling of fear in a place where I never questioned my safety before.

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AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 9/19/2005 01:43:16 PM

These are, indeed, potential bashers who are, for now, testing the waters by trashing and engaging in intimidation tactics -- the latter a violation of Indiana statute, BTW -- but, as that statute is so badly constructed as to be of questionable constitutionality, I'd be surprised if the cops would enforce it.However, you must report the incident to them -- must -- even if it becomes just another opportunity to have abuse heaped on. They must take your complaint and must put it on their report to the state regarding hate crimes. Insist on both -- with an attorney's help if need be.I'd also speak to the owner of the bar they frequent, saying that, if a lawsuit resulted from an escalation of their behavior to violence and they'd been served alcohol and that that alcohol was a contributing factor, that the bar might end up being sued, so wouldn't it be better just not to serve these jerks and, instead, ban them from the premises?If they refuse, then a picket of the bar for harboring and facilitating hate would be in order.