A Seattle business owner is speaking out after becoming the target of a hate crime.
“I’ve never had to hide for one minute who I was in this neighborhood,” said Aaron Amundsen, co-owner of Emerald City Tattoo and Supply in the Lake City neighborhood. OF Seattle Washington.
One morning, a week after the election, his business partner, Tony Johns, found a note on Amundsen’s windshield.
The note read, “Hey faggot . We won, so you better watch you’re [sic] back. You’re [sic] days are numberd [sic]. Make America STRAIGHT again to make it GREAT again. You will see, you cocksucker.”
“It was like someone punched me in the gut,” said Amundsen, “because I had never experience in my life and I’ve been out since high school. I’ve never experienced something so threatening.”
The Seattle Police LGBT liaison, Officer Jim Ritter, who started the Safe Place program, calls it malicious harassment, a hate crime.
“It is clearly a threat based on a threat of the victim’s sexually identity,” said Ritter. “It’s pre-meditated and the victim was targeted.”
Amundson felt a responsibility to speak out.
“I believe it’s my absolute right as a citizen, and as an upstanding person, to say wait a minute – this is not acceptable and don’t let anyone tell you it is,” he said..
After news of the incident started spreading on social media, Seattle Police decided to host a community discussion about it later this week.
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