Michael Crawford

Indictment in NJ Burger King Gay Bashing

Filed By Michael Crawford | November 03, 2007 11:50 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: anti-gay violence, Garden State Equality, hate crimes against LGBT people, New Jersey

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.

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I'm growing ever more shocked at just how incompetent gay men are at keeping themselves safe. One would think that with all the hate crimes reports and the details involved, more gay men would always carry a gun with them...

I don't think blaming the victims will solve anything here, Lucrece.

This is pretty atrocious, Michael.

It was more of an observation rather than placement of blame. I just wish some people would wake up to the reality of the world and would take all measures to keep themselves safe. I am pretty tired of reading hate crime after hate crime, especially from Terrance's project, in which the outcome would have been different if the victims had taken preventive measures. It seems that many gay men have the delusion that, just because they can now be more open in some circumstances, they won't be targets of the common straight man self-validation ritual that is the act of gay bashing.

bill perdue | November 4, 2007 4:06 PM

GLBT folk are often caught by surprise at the beginning of election periods when the decibel level of bigotry gets boosted 'ultra high decibel' range. Using prostituted ministers, pastors, bishops, mullahs, preachers and priests the bigot politicians of both parties use their opposition to same sex marriage to pander to bigots. Obama and Romney are probably the worst, but they all contribute to the steady drumbeat of bigotry, even if they’re somewhat more muted. The net effect of the increase in bigoted remarks is a net increase in the number of gay bashings.

If you look at statistics from the National Coalition of Antiviolence Programs and the FBI you'll see that there’s usually a marked upswing in beatings and lynchings around election time. You can see the stats at http://www.ncavp.org/ and http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm scroll down to hate crimes.

The NCAVP makes an important contribution to our GLBTcommunities – feel free to donate to them.

What i don’t understand is why is everyone posting comments that doesn’t even make any sense. i think everyone knows that these tow guys who claim they
where beaten, are only looking for money and the attention of the public. why are they only talking about them, why not talk about the fact that they are 39 and 40 years of age, and still had the balls to punch a 16 year old girl and call her a bitch. come one lets be for real, just because they are gay doesn’t give them the right to act the way they did. why are we only paying attention to one side of the story but lets listen to the other side side of the story coming from the tow guys being accuse. i’m not racist, i have plenty of friends who are gay, but lets grow up and be a little more mature..