What began as a run of the mill car accident turned into a horrific hate crime in Detroit, Michigan when a lesbian couple got into a car accident with a women in an SUV and was then ganged up on by 5 male attackers and were savagely beaten.
From Equality Michigan:
The SUV driver allegedly said “I can’t believe this man (meaning one of the lesbians) just hit me” and proceeded to call her boyfriend, who arrived within five minutes with four of his male friends. One of the lesbian coupe were told that because she “acts like a man” that she would “get beaten like one”. The males attacked the couple, using anti-lesbian and anti-trans slurs.
Subsequently a Detroit Police Detective has been assigned to the case and the victims are in the process of submitting their statements.
Equality Michigan is calling on the police and prosecutor to consider if the case should be referred to the federal courts for prosecution under the Byrd-Shepard Hate Crimes Act,” (I wouldn’t be calling on them to “consider” I’d be demanding.)
There are no laws currently on the books in Michigan that would allow prosecution in that state as a LGBT hate crime.