Monday, September 28, 2009

NYPD launches investigation regarding anti-gay attack against Danny Calvert and Blake Hayes

NYPD says it will launch an investigation regarding Friday night's anti-gay attack of Broadway performer Danny Calvert and DJ Blake Hayes.

Gothamist reports:
Yesterday we reported on an anti-gay attack that occurred in Hell's Kitchen this past Friday night. WPLJ DJ Blake Hayes (pictured), cabaret and Broadway performer Danny Calvert, and another friend were attacked by a patron of McCoy's bar; they claim the police officers who showed up refused to take their attacker's information, or let them file a claim. They also expressed concern that McCoy's bouncer (who stopped the attack) allowed the attacker back into the bar. Regarding their alleged negligence, Police Commissioner Kelly’s office has agreed to conduct an investigation. Hayes has updated his website, giving thanks to those who have come forward to support him since the incident occurred. READ MORE

Broadway performer Danny Calvert and DJ Blake Hayes victms of a anti-gay attack in New York City

Gothamist reports:
This past Friday night, WPLJ DJ Blake Hayes, cabaret and Broadway performer Danny Calvert and another friend were walking down 9th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen when a cigarette butt was thrown at them by a man outside of McCoy's bar, followed by the words, "Keep moving, faggot." Hayes reports back on his website that they "exchanged words, more and more heated, until he started to approach us, threatening violence. Before we knew it, he had thrown one friend against a car, denting it. The other took two punches to the face, cutting his lip before the bouncer at McCoy's came out and stopped him." The police were called and five officers arrived; after recounting the incident to them they were told the NYPD wouldn't be taking down their attacker's information, nor would they be able to press charges. READ MORE

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn released a statement regarding the incident

Gothamist reports:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has now released a statement regarding the incident, saying in part, "I am obviously outraged by news that another bias attack has occurred in our city. But I am also deeply concerned by reports from the victims that NYPD officers responding to the scene did not appropriately recognize the seriousness of the incident. In fact, it has been reported that they failed to attempt to apprehend or even to collect contact information from the alleged assailant. If these reports are true, the behavior of the police officers involved was also outrageous and merits swift action by the police department."