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W!nston 09-20-2014 04:38 AM

Coach Tied To Beating Of Gay Couple Leaves Job
Guess what happened on their way to dinner...


Coach Tied To Beating Of Gay Couple Leaves Job
Associated Press | By MARYCLAIRE DALE | September 18, 2014 1:23 PM

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday.

About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and social media users mined online posts, including a group photo taken at a restaurant, to try to match the faces with names.

"Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian," Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday in a statement.

No arrests have been made, but some of the young men and women seen in the video have submitted to voluntary interviews with police, a spokesman said Thursday.

"Investigators are continuing to interview a number of people regarding this incident, folks from the video as well as other civilian witnesses that have come forward," said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.

The video shows the well-dressed group out for a night on the town. It was taken before the encounter with the gay couple, who were on their way out for pizza.

The gay men, who are in their late 20s, said they were held down, punched and beaten after they bumped into the large group on the street. Members of the group hurled gay slurs as the men were pummeled, they told police. One man was left with a broken eye socket and a wired jaw, while his partner had bruises and a black eye.

The large group included former students at Archbishop Wood, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Warminster, the archdiocese said. The part-time coach had worked at the same school but now is banned from coaching anywhere in the archdiocese, the church said.

"A key part of a Catholic education is forming students to respect the dignity of every human person whether we agree with them or not," Chaput said. "What students do with that formation when they enter the adult world determines their own maturity and dignity, or their lack of it."

Stanford said police are still seeking additional video that could confirm or contradict the couple's report.

"It's our responsibility to bring those in who are responsible for committing a crime, but it's also our responsibility to thoroughly investigate to make sure the right person or persons are charged," he said.

State Rep. Brian Sims, the state's first openly gay lawmaker and a Democrat from Philadelphia, said the local gay community is outraged over the case.

He hopes it will add to the growing — if ignoble — list of cases he can cite in a push to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws. Currently, it is not, although gays won the right to marry this year after a federal judge struck down the state ban.

"If we can accept as a society that two people who love each other should be able to get married, maybe that will help the understanding that perhaps they shouldn't have to fear being fired, or fear for their safety in their hometown," Sims said.

A group of young adults, many of them well-dressed, had just left a South Street restaurant about 10:45 p.m. last Thursday when they encountered a gay couple on Chancellor Street near 16th. Police say the group proceeded to beat the men in front of stunned onlookers.

Urban 09-20-2014 05:04 PM

It's great that the video & photo are out there. IMO the best thing that could happen now would be for everyone to repost them so that the group will be seen everywhere.

I encourage everyone to do that.

Shelter 09-20-2014 07:52 PM

As I have said before: these types are only strong in a group because they are cowards alone! But let me say too, that there has been too a peer pressure. Perhaps every boy or girl of this group alone would have done nothing to these both gay boys. But the group makes them "strong" and each of them will prove that he/her will be the better homophobe guy/girl than the other.

And RockNLol I'll totally agree with you that all tears by this types will be only crocodile tears and that they will not have any compassion to the victims but only for themselves.

I would be very interested to hear from the verdict to them if they will be ever condemned.

bigsal 09-20-2014 09:22 PM

As demonstrated by the daily news from around the world, incidents of violence against gay people are still very frequent.

The absurd thing about this episode, that violence has been committed, not from skinheads, but by people who attend religious circles. Evidently, their doctrine not talk only about love, or have learned little from it.

frontlemon 09-20-2014 11:10 PM

I completely agree with Shelter above... This attitude of group psychology can be used for the good too. I a majority of the society comes to accept homosexuality then others "maybe unwillingly" will follow course.
Along with legal consequences, I want that the pictures of the offenders be displayed in public palces with the message "What these people have done is what humans should not do"

W!nston 09-24-2014 06:33 AM

Boy those tough guys showed that gay couple what strong men they are in front of that large group of their friends and a woman helped them do it.


Three charged in assault on gay couple in Center City
Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:40 PM

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has approved arrest warrants for two men and a woman in an assault in Center City that sent a gay couple to the hospital earlier this month.

The three, all from Bucks County, will be each charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and one count of criminal conspiracy, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

The office identified those to be charged as Philip Williams, 24; Kevin Harrigan, 26; and Katherine Knott, 24.

Police have said the gay couple was assaulted by a group near Rittenhouse Square on Sept. 11. Both men were sent to the hospital after the incident, and one needed to have his jaw wired shut. Police said the group made disparaging remarks about the men's sexual orientation.

The couple have said that the incident began after one of them bumped into a member of the group, and another member of the group asked whether the two were dating. Then, they said, they were attacked.

According to law enforcement sources and others close to the investigation, several members of the group interviewed said the incident began after both sides exchanged words, and that one of the victims escalated the incident, shoving or becoming physical with a woman in the group.

The incident sparked widespread outrage in Philadelphia and across the country. Several legislators and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey have called for an expansion of the state's current hate-crimes statute to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation.

District Attorney Seth Williams, in a statement, called the incident "a vicious attack" and thanked the public for sending in tips.

"An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia," he said.

Shelter 09-24-2014 04:17 PM

I hope these persons will get a severe sentence. And I know that my feelings are unchristian - but I hope they will come into a prison where some tough guys will show these "well-behaved" namby-pamby boys what it is meaning to be a victim!

bigsal 09-25-2014 12:29 AM

Evidently these "God-fearing" not attending the James Madison University in the US state of Virginia, but the church's of the Homophobic preacher.

Shelter 09-26-2014 10:52 PM

Sure that it is. I might have known it! Look at these innocent faces. Boys and girls from "wonderful families"! "she would not hurt anybody!" "In no way, shape or form was this incident related to anyone's sexual orientation," surely not, do you have thought otherwise?

It was the fault of these both gay boys! Why they have roved about on the streets? So my verdict: Guilty for the gays!

Oh my God - I could cry with anger! Nothing will happen to these criminals!

frontlemon 09-27-2014 12:25 AM

Yes - first a dog howls out, then the others can't resist so they howl out louder and then all the dogs are howling - when you are brought into a court, you deny everything - how human...

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