Brutal beating of gay man near eagleBOLTbar raises concern about possible hate crime

Categories: Crime, GLBT
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Jeremy photo via gofundme.com
Early Sunday morning, a 30-year-old man named Jeremy wound up in the hospital with severe facial injuries that were apparently the result of an assault in downtown Minneapolis.

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Jeremy -- we're not disclosing his last to honor a request made by his friends -- had left the eagleBOLTbar, a Washington Avenue establishment that bills itself as "the premier Masculine Men's GLBT bar" in the Twin Cities, and was walking from there to a bus stop on Portland Avenue when he was attacked. (A friend told us Jeremy was found in the vicinity of the Star Tribune building.)

Left with a broken jaw and a number of knocked-out teeth, Jeremy doesn't remember anything about what happened to him, and police didn't learn of the assault until he was already in the hospital. But whoever attacked Jeremy didn't rob him, fueling concerns the violence might've been related to Jeremy's sexuality.

"There are times when a community comes together to care for one of their own. [N]ow is that time," Jeremy's friend, Jason Little, writes on a gofundme.com created to help defray Jeremy's medical costs, many of which Little says won't be covered by insurance. (The page has already raised more than $11,000 as this is published.)

"Jeremy has been a supporter of the Minneapolis community and now it's time to support him," Little added.

In a follow-up post, Little writes that Jeremy will be meeting with facial and dental surgery teams Friday, after which "there will be a much better understanding of the costs of Jeremy's non-covered medical expenses."

"Jeremy is a strong man and he will move on from this experience but we can rally around our brother to help remove some of the burdens of this appalling event," he wrote.

The story was broken by Fox 9 in a report featuring post-assault images of a bloody and bruised Jeremy in the hospital. (He's since been released and is back at home.)

Reached for comment this afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said the investigation into the result is ongoing. He declined to discuss what sorts of leads police are working with or whether investigators know of any eyewitnesses, but said, "If anyone did see something that night, we'd love to hear from folks."

The MPD's tipline can be reached at 612-692-8477.

In an email to City Pages, Little stressed, "We don't have any explicit evidence that it was a hate crime, aside from the odd fact that nothing was stolen, which many with experience in assaults that target LGBT people agree was very odd."

But "violence like this to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or other background is unconscionable," he added.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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3D Greens of Minnesota
3D Greens of Minnesota

We've got HATE right here in Champlin City.... The Parent Action League (listed as one of 6 Hate Groups in Minnestoa by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is right here goosestepping in Champlin.) "They call us a hate group but the emails and the responses we get from them are just full of anger and hateful comments that they make towards us.” “I think it’s becoming perhaps a badge of honor to be called a hate group,” said Anderson. LaBarbera added, “If you are not on the SPLC hate list, you are not doing enough.” “You are not doing your job,” agreed Anderson. “I think the greatest threat to our freedom and to the health and well-being of our children is from this radical homosexual agenda which is just so pervasive.” (so now the New Child Protection League, with the same cast of characters is marching to the same old beat...) http://thecolu.mn/10231/christian-group-calls-minnesota-anti-bullying-bill-child-exploitation

rshmatz
rshmatz

This article is nothing more than lazy journalism, lazy writing, and intentional creation of a controversy without any facts to support it.  Is there any evidence this occurred because he was gay?  Any?  Or is it just, "he was gay so maybe it happened because he was gay"?  When a white man is beaten by a group of young black men (which has occurred numerous times in Minneapolis and large cities across the country) I havent seen an article on here suggesting it was because of race.  Why not?  

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81

Hate crime laws are ridiculous. An assault is an assault regardless of the reason behind it. I think we should increase the penalties of all assaults to equal that of an assault plus hate crime and do away with hate crimes.

lund519
lund519

One thing I resent is this phrase 'gay community' - in the media it's all smiles and warm fuzzies but in real life, when something like this happens to a gay man on the street - other gay men RUN in the opposite direction rather than actually defend each other.  This has always been the case - we are so self-centred and self-imporant that we would clearly rather 'not deal with it' than have to give our names to the police or end up with our names in the paper.  We don't defend or support each other; we never have!  I don't really have a problem with the police or the people on the streets - it's the gay community who couldn't care less about each other unless it involves themselves personally.  

What's the most unfortunate is this: gay men still don't have a sense of safety after we come out.  Because most of us are single, childless adults who live in a city setting, we are prime targets to get robbed or assaulted - we usually go out and walk home alone; and like I mentioned we have no advocacy within our 'community' if something bad does happen.  Now, I'm glad that people are helping out with his medical bills, but the point is...we need to feel SAFE around each other, and we need to be able to trust other gay people again...what's the point of living in a city with such a large gay population if all we do is glare at each other and pretend that only those who are 'our type' exist?  

emmdeempls
emmdeempls

There are dozens of unprovoked attacks is Minneapolis. I wouldn't read too much into the gay-bashing accusation unless there's evidence of it. More likely another example of the "knockout game" liberals say is a myth. Mpls is dangerous. Stay away.

Onan
Onan

@WhiteMatt  - He may be waiting for you to come out first.


NNTAWWT.

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

Lund, I'm so sorry that's been your experience.  My buddies and I look out for each other when we leave the Eagle.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@emmdeempls I walk by the eagle every night working graveyards in this neighborhood, it is a MUGGERS PARADISE, nobody around, no cameras on any of the buildings, plenty of stuff to block views from Washington Ave.  There are many very shady folks on Washington after dark, especially after closing time.  These aren't teenagers hanging in small groups looking for tough guy fun as you assert, they are adults and addicts, usually from the West Bank neighborhood nearby, just ask any of the folks at Bobby and Steve's how many times these same idiots try and pull crime there when the store literally has on-duty cops hanging out inside.  Practically every weekend something goes down there, or in the three block area around there.  It's a potentially dangerous neighborhood.  Now I am going to assume the victim was drinking, (Maybe not, but likely) and it is VERY unwise to leave the Eagle on foot when drunk.  Especially around closing time.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

@emmdeempls Excellent work shoe horning your loopy notions about random attacks into this story, unfortunately you're one minority away from the bigotry trifecta.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

You have statistics? Well gosh Matty, by all means let's see them. Not often that one sees stats backing bigotry. Or maybe you didn't comprehend my comment.

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