Gay Couple Brutally Attacked And Bashed With Chair At Chelsea Restaurant – WARNING: Disturbing Graphic Video

gay bashingDisturbing news out of the usually very gay-friendly Chelsea section of NYC.

Via DNA Info:

A gay couple was bashed over the head with a wooden chair, knocked to the ground and kicked by two men hurling anti-gay slurs at the Chelsea Dallas BBQ Tuesday night, in an attack captured on a graphic video, according to police and the victims. “These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren’t their type of people,” said Jonathan Snipes, 32, who had a tooth knocked loose and cartilage snapped in his ear during the beating.

“It was disgusting. It was awful,” Snipes, who was attacked alongside his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, told DNAinfo New York. In one video, York-Adams, 25, tries to shield Snipes by throwing his arm around his shoulder just before a man rushes up to them with a wooden chair and cracks it over their heads. York-Adams falls to the floor and Snipes slumps into a nearby chair, visibly dazed. An NYPD spokesman said an investigation is ongoing, but that the incident was not currently being investigated as a hate crime.

At the restaurant, Snipes got a text about a death in his family and needed to leave the restaurant quickly, he said. As he headed out, he accidentally knocked over a drink, he said. “A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, ‘White faggots, spilling drinks,'” Snipes said. “I don’t let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, ‘What did you say about us?'” he added. The man knocked Snipes to the ground and started kicking his face and spine, knocking loose one of his teeth, snapping the cartilage in his ear and bruising his head, he said. He shouted, “Take that, faggot,” according to Snipes.

Remarkably, neither Snipes nor York-Adams were hospitalized, but it was for financial, not medical reasons.

The New Civil Rights Movement is reporting that the NYPD is not investigating the incident as an anti-gay hate crime and that no arrests have been made.

Two words: Fucking animal.

It takes a BIG man to hit people with a chair when their backs are turned.

  Danitra Roberts 3 hours ago

I work here and I was there last night when this happened it looked way worse in person

 

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