Project Q AtlantaA suspect has not been identified in the incident. But the police report notes that surveillance cameras are located in the area where the attack took place.
As I suspected (noted above), there are cameras likely to be right where this assault allegedly happened. Had this been a female, AND if the assault is on tape, then it would already be on Nancy Grace
complete with a #ShoppingCenterBashing hashtag and a panel of loudmouthed so-called experts insistent on going around in circles yelling at each other to get to the bottom of it. Because it's a gay male, then it seems the authorities and the non-LGBT media prefer to take the poor man at his word, by treating it as "no big deal."
Noteworthy about the response is the APD officer's report:
APD ReportThe victim stated [he] was walking in the West district area near Atlantic, when he asked a couple for directions. Mr. Parker advised that the male asked him, “Are You Gay” Mr. Parker replied “Yes” that’s when the subject a W/M punched him in his face. Mr. Parker Stated he fell to the ground and struck his head. Mr. Parker advised several times that it was not a big deal, and did not want medical treatment. Grady unit 282 transported Mr. Parker to Emory University Hospital for treatment.
Compare that with the report issued by the victim's friend, who happens to run a support center for homeless LGBT youth:http://projectqatlanta.com/news_articles/view/Atlantic_Station_fumbles_response_to_gay_assault?gid=11646
Project Q Atlanta“I was inside the party when the victim arrived with injuries and stayed with him through treatment at the emergency room,” Swicord says in his statement. “I have the blood stains on my shirt where I held him as he cried on my shoulder.”
The victim told Swicord that as he emerged from the parking deck, he asked a person on the street for directions.
“This man responded by asking, ‘Are you a fag?’ The victim answered, ‘Yes, I suppose I am’ and received a punch in the face so hard it threw him to the ground and requiring medical attention,” Swicord says.
As for the A-Station security guard, who is probably used to breaking up petty scuffles during his shift, he probably thought he had to remove a patron after a run-in in the bar, "restoring order" and whatnot...
Project Q Atlanta“At first, [he] informed asked us to leave the property because of an incident. I was lucky enough to catch the attention of the facility manager and asked him, why we were being thrown out? He quickly jumped in and instructed the security guard that we need to file a report,” Swicord says.
The security officer recorded basic details of the incident but said it could take up to six weeks before a report would be available. When Swicord attempted to take a photo of the officer, he held up his hand to block the photo. The Atlantic Station guard was also hesitant to notify Atlanta police, who have a mini-precinct in the retail center.
“There was no compassion in this security officer for the victim. He was reluctant to take a report and document the incident,” Swicord says.
Swicord also says that an off-duty uniformed Atlanta police officer was hesitant to take action or file a report. But Swicord says he and Philip Rafshoon, a longtime LGBT activist and business owner, insisted and called Atlanta police LGBT liaison Officer Brian Sharp, who spoke with the off-duty officer.
“Only after that did the attitudes seem to change and Grady EMS was called and an on duty APD officer came on scene,” Swicord says.
How would this alleged incident get treated if he had no major LGBT connections in the community and no LGBT liaison officer on his local police force? He would've probably just gone into hiding like the gentleman in Southwest Atlanta tried to do a few months ago and kept it to himself. A report might never have gotten filed.
I'll note that on the infamous Eagle bar raid, the LGBT liaison at the time was not informed by her fellow employees until AFTER the raid. And here, both the security officer and the APD policeman were about to fumble the ball again, before a patron who just so happened to have the liaison's number called for them. It shouldn't just be one side of the community contacting a liaison for assistance. They gotta straighten that out.
Project Q AtlantaSwicord says the victim was cut above his right eye and needed five stitches as he was treated at Emory University Hospital Midtown. He also suffered a bruise below his eye, which may have been caused when he fell to the ground after being punched.
“Hours after the incident the victim began feeling more of the pain of what he went through as the surge of adrenaline from the attack wore off. We departed the emergency room at about 5 a.m.,” Swicord says.
The victim told Swicord that his attacker was a white man with a muscular build was between 5’9” and 6’ tall. The assailant was accompanied by a female.
I ought to assume they've checked the cameras and can't find footage of the incident or anyone fleeing. I really hope so. Otherwise, if they've got an image of Clyde and Bonnie, where's the media release? Any chance Clyde has assaulted people before, or assaulted someone again while police and the shopping center are fumbling around trying to paper this over?