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Queens attack under investigation

A 47-year-old man was assaulted Dec. 15 by two men in Queens, N.Y., for dancing with his boyfriend.

One of the attackers allegedly told the victim, “You can’t do that here, this is not a gay bar.” When the victim protested, the attackers punched and kicked him and smashed a chair over his head.

Police officers treated the victim as the perpetrator, according to a report he filed with the New York City Anti-Violence Project. He charged police with dragging him out of the restaurant, handcuffing him and forcing him to lie face down on the sidewalk. He also said police were verbally abusive and refused to take a report.

The AVP said the police department’s hate crimes task force is looking into the incident.

“AVP denounces these acts of violence and police misconduct. We are working with the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force to determine how to prevent this inadequate and harmful police response in the future,” said Sharon Stapel, AVP executive director.


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