Men Say Officers Used Anti-Gay Slurs During Confrontation In Brooklyn

June 11, 2013


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A nasty confrontation between three young gay men and police — which was caught on video — was the subject of an angry news conference outside One Police Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.

Gay rights groups and anti-violence activists, including openly gay City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-25th), denounced what they say is increasing harassment of the LGBT community by the NYPD, and called this latest incident unacceptable, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.

“It is the police’s job to defend our community, not to attack our community,” Dromm said.

“Why would I feel safe around the NYPD when they bully us and call us f***ots?” said activist John Blasco of the gay rights group FIERCE.

The men – Josh Williams, Ben Collins and Antonio Maenza – are roommates and are all openly gay. They claimed they were walking past the 79th Precinct police station, at 263 Tompkins Ave. in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, when an officer accused one of the men of urinating against the station house and threw him against a squad car.

Maenza started shooting the video as Collins watched.


Source: CBS News New York