49 yo Gay Man Jack Price Beaten Into A Coma

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    Oct 14, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
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    Gay Man Of Color Beaten Into A Coma In Queens



    While we marched and sang at yesterday's National Equality March, an out, proud gay man of color was fighting for his life after being beaten within an inch of his life by a pair of rabid homophobes who hurled slurs at him during their attack. 49-year-old Jack Price was beaten so severely he suffered a broken jaw, ruptured spleen, every one of his ribs were fractured, and his lungs both collapsed. He languishes in a coma, on a ventilator, in a city hospital as the NYPD hunts down the second of Price's two attackers.

    Price's assailants reportedly taunted him in a deli near his home, then deliberately chased him, cornered him, and attempted to murder Price. Witnesses quoted one of the two thugs as screaming "My father's a C. O. [NYC Corrections Officer]! Nothing will happen to us!", echoing similar rants made by transwoman Carmela Etienne's attackers in St. Albans last summer. This prevailing sentiment that people can injure and kill gays and lesbians, and get away with it because we are "less than" our attackers, or that our mere existence is justifiable provocation, is increasing. The Anti-Violence Project's Kim Fountain told ABC News, "It's not just that people are being shoved or punched. It's that their lips are being split or they're ending up in the hospital or they're being murdered."

    Public apathy towards these brutal incidents is nowhere more clearly reflected than in the silence of our political leadership, both here and on the state and national level. Another gay man of color hovers near death in the hospital, a victim of his rightful choice to be out and proud in his neighborhood, and I have yet to hear a peep about this from Mayor Bloomberg, his opponent Bill Thompson, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, or even Queens DA Richard Brown. What a way to return from marching in Washington for our right to be treated fairly and decently as human beings.
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    Oct 14, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    Um, Jack Price is the victim's name, not Nathan James.

    Video of beating On HuffPo.
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
    McGay saidUm, Jack Price is the victim's name, not Nathan James.

    Video of beating On HuffPo.



    That's what I get for typing in a hurry ! LOL !
    Thanks for the correction !
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    That sucks...
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    Senseless bigotry.
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:23 PM GMT
    In NYC of all places. What a shame
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Did it hear it right that the attackers are claiming self-defense? !!!!!!
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    They would be wiser to use the Twinkie Defense.
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    I often wonder what the hell is wrong with some people. Some people seem worst than animals.
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    Oct 15, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    phemt saidI often wonder what the hell is wrong with some people. Some people seem worst than animals.


    I agree and it seems to be getting worse !
    Sometimes the violence happens within our OWN community !
    A friend of mine was recently brutally attacked by a local DJ
    at a gay bar here. Apparently the DJ got upset at my friend
    for requesting a song that he didn't like. WTF ?!?!
    My friend wound up in the hospital with cuts, scraps and a few
    serious broken bones that will require surgery.
    To make an already f-ed up situation even worse... the bar defended the DJ !
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    Oct 15, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    The sister of the one attacker claimed her brother 'would never hurt someone and it must of been self-defence or something'. WTF! How in the hell could that attack be self-defense. I am sorry bitch but your brother is a low life piece of shit. I hope he goes to prison and gets gang raped and beaten every day he is there. People who choose to live like sub-animals should be put on an isolated island (like in the movie "escape from New York"). Then they can act like the sub-animals they are and kill, beat, or do whatever they want to each other.
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    Oct 15, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    Read this story again and just realized there were witnesses and yet this man was beaten to near death???? What kind of community is this?


    [quote][cite][/cite]Price's assailants reportedly taunted him in a deli near his home, then deliberately chased him, cornered him, and attempted to murder Price. Witnesses quoted one of the two thugs as screaming "My father's a C. O. [NYC Corrections Officer]! Nothing will happen to us!", [/quote]
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    Oct 15, 2009 2:18 AM GMT
    My landlord is actually the lawyer for one of the "attackers". He called me before he took the case to explain that the guy is apparently not a gay basher and to ask how I felt about it, and I told him that if he can prove it to me I don't care. So far I have seen some convincing things. We will see how this turns out. I think it is just as despicable to throw around "this is a hate crime" when it is not one as to commit a hate crime.
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    Oct 15, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    chungo44 saidMy landlord is actually the lawyer for one of the "attackers". He called me before he took the case to explain that the guy is apparently not a gay basher and to ask how I felt about it, and I told him that if he can prove it to me I don't care. So far I have seen some convincing things. We will see how this turns out. I think it is just as despicable to throw around "this is a hate crime" when it is not one as to commit a hate crime.


    What possible defense will the lawyer use? His client slipped on water and accidently hit the "victim" in the face as he slipped? Not sure how he will explain all the other hits and serious damage, but I am sure the lawyer will try.

    Even if it wasn't an offical "gay bashing" the guy cleary seriously beat another human being.

    How do you feel paying rent/lining the pockets of a guy who is going to do everything possible to get the sub-animal off?
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    Oct 15, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    The bar for proving a hate crime is pretty high. Even using slurs is not strong enough to win a case as the "anti-latino" beating a few months back showed. It doesn't really mean a whole lot in sentencing anyway .. sometimes only a few years.

    The good thing about federal hate crimes legislation though, is that a victim has the option of getting federal help when local authorities lack resources or are just biased against pursuing a case appropriately.
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    Oct 15, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    It is instances like this that remind me of the usefulness of the old 'Act-Up' organizations. While it is true that we have made incredible forward steps towards equality standing under the law, I am still in a place where I know that there place, not so closed off from society, that still cling to a backward mentality of who is better than whom.
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    Oct 15, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    chungo44 saidMy landlord is actually the lawyer for one of the "attackers". He called me before he took the case to explain that the guy is apparently not a gay basher and to ask how I felt about it, and I told him that if he can prove it to me I don't care. So far I have seen some convincing things. We will see how this turns out. I think it is just as despicable to throw around "this is a hate crime" when it is not one as to commit a hate crime.



    It takes a lot of effort to break every single rib in a man's body, not to mention breaking his jaw. This was perpetrated by two assailants. What defense could you possibly have against this evidence? Two men chased, cornered and beat up ONE man like this? You'd be hard pressed to find a defense against that. The witness said that they taunted him which is probably the only evidence they have to a motive but regardless of motive, it's unacceptable. Just curious, Is your landlords client the officer's son?
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    Oct 15, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    Chango,

    I'm a little confused are you saying that you do not believe this is a hate base your Landlord/Lawyer's perception that this brutal attack on this man who is 5feet6inches tall and weighs 130 pounds is not a hate crime are your kidding me.

    I don't know what more disturbing your statement or that none of witnesses had presence of mind to dail 911.

    Horrible!
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    Oct 15, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    I bet their attorneys use the "Gay Panic" defene It worked in Maryland where the the gut just got what 180 days in jail.
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    Oct 15, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidI bet their attorneys use the "Gay Panic" defene It worked in Maryland where the the gut just got what 180 days in jail.


    Yes ! Funny how sometimes the defense in these sort of cases try
    to paint these attacks as NOT being a hate crime. Yet they use the
    "Gay Panic" defense to justify the crime. icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 15, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    It's GENUIS from a legal stand point but the thing that is such an injustice is that a jury actually buys it!
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    Oct 15, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    Disgusting ......

    and this shows EXACTLY why we need Hate Crimes Legislation
    across the board
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    Oct 18, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    "A friend of mine was recently brutally attacked by a local DJ
    at a gay bar here. Apparently the DJ got upset at my friend
    for requesting a song that he didn't like."
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    How about sharing the rest of the story: the part between a friend requesting a song and the DJ brutally attacking him.

    As for the OP story, I suspect the cops will offer to go easy on the ass hole that they already have in custody if he identifies his buddy who took part in the crime. Then, the legal system can nail both their asses.

    Federal hate crimes protection for gays is very close, but it can't come soon enough. I'm grateful that we have a Democratic majority that will pass it in the House and in the Senate, and a Democratic president who has already promised to sign it.
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    Oct 18, 2009 7:31 AM GMT
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    chungo44 saidMy landlord is actually the lawyer for one of the "attackers". He called me before he took the case to explain that the guy is apparently not a gay basher and to ask how I felt about it, and I told him that if he can prove it to me I don't care. So far I have seen some convincing things. We will see how this turns out. I think it is just as despicable to throw around "this is a hate crime" when it is not one as to commit a hate crime.


    What possible defense will the lawyer use? His client slipped on water and accidently hit the "victim" in the face as he slipped? Not sure how he will explain all the other hits and serious damage, but I am sure the lawyer will try.

    Even if it wasn't an offical "gay bashing" the guy cleary seriously beat another human being.

    How do you feel paying rent/lining the pockets of a guy who is going to do everything possible to get the sub-animal off?


    He didn't take the case thinking he would get the guy off. There is evidence pointing to the fact that this was not a hate crime.

    I have no problem paying rent to my landlord. At the end of the day the building I live in is well liked and there is a waiting list to get an apartment. If I wasn't paying the rent, someone else would be paying more than I am. Everyone is constitutionally entitled to a good defense. I am a lawyer as well, and while I don't do criminal work and wouldn't want to for many reasons my landlord has to make a living too. As I said prove to me it wasnt a hate crime and I wont care if you take the case.
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    Oct 19, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    There was a protest against hate crimes in College Point. It is good to see that people are out supporting the man that was put in a coma. The sad part is the usual song and dance from people saying, "he couldn't be against gay people because he has gay friends." I know that that is their friend and all, but sometimes you gotta say, "Your ass is wrong. You shouldn't have done that shit."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/10/18/2009-10-18_hundreds_protest_hate_crimes_against_gays_at_college_point_march.html