Lawyer: Stonewall Inn Attack Not A Hate Crime

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2) — More than 40 years ago, homosexuals and police clashed violently at the Stonewall Inn, and out of that riot the gay rights movement was born. That history makes the alleged homophobic hate crime even tougher to take for patrons. However, the attorney for a suspect denied bias played a part in the attack.

Listen: 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports.

Police said 21-year-old Matthew Francis of Staten Island told a patron, Benjamin Carver, in the bathroom that he doesn’t like gays, then beat the man bloody while 17-year-old Christopher Orlando of Staten Island blocked the door.

Francis’ attorney said the incident was only a bar brawl. Police said the men were yelling anti-gay slurs.

Carver needed stitches after the attack. He said he still loves New York.

The attack left other bar patrons disgusted. “It’s kind of a shock because this is a very beautiful bar. It’s very well known. It’s been here for so many years,” one man said.

“We live in a society that’s not very nice, no matter who’s in office,” another patron said.

Moreno, who was visiting from South Carolina said he thought he would be safe around there. “But to have something to happen like that across the street, for somebody to get bashed like that is appalling,” he said.

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  • Uncle Ernie

    Two young men who are obviously confused over their sexual identity, committed a crime and should be punished. Call the crime what you want. Maybe next time they go to a gay bar (and they will) they will have come to terms that they are gay and will befriend fellow gay men, not harm them.

  • sandy

    NOT A HATE CRIME?!?!? If they had no ill intent, then what were two straights doing in there at all; I’m sure it was apparent it was a gay bar. And as Wil said above, why did management allow a 17 year old in their bar? Though I imagine if they had, the location would have been different, but the story would have been the same.

  • ParkSlopeVoter

    This was a shameful and hateful incident. That having been said, you can take your arrogant “B&T trash” comment and SHOVE it…

  • Masso

    Maybe all the bridge and tunnel need to stay in SI and Jersey where they belong. Notice how most crimes committed in Manhattan are B&T trash.

  • Al

    Or what 2 supposedly straight guys were doing there in the first place?

  • Gregory Johnson

    HIgh school is not the place to teach sensitivity unless of course you have not gone to one.

  • Wil

    OK, so does anyone want to ask what a 17yr old was doiing in a bar?

  • Roy

    P.S. why is it,that so many “hate crimes” are perpertrated by residents of Staten Island…………maybe they should teach sensitivity training ih the schools there.

  • Roy

    Hate crime or not,these thug lowlifes need to be locked up for a long,long time………………….

  • Max

    A smart person came up with it.

  • runghee

    Cant help but wonder who the idiot is that came up with this hate crime nonsense in the first place.

    • tate fletcher

      It was a HATWE crime, you @$$#oL3.

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