Hoodie-Wearing Gang Of Teens Sought In Savage Anti-Gay Attack

Victim Has Broken Jaw, Eye Sockets And Plates Inserted In Head

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man was brutally beaten by a group of teenagers last month in what has been deemed a hate crime.

Barie Shortell, 29, was walking down North Fourth Street in Williamsburg at around 10 p.m. on Feb. 22 when a group of teens started taunting him, according to The Brooklyn Paper.

Shortell told The Paper the teens started to mock him and began yelling anti-gay slurs so he decided to cross to Wyeth Avenue to be on the safe side.

That is when the hoodie-wearing gang of teens shoved him against a wall and started attacking him. Although he was not robbed, he suffered a fractured jaw, broken nose and eye sockets.

“I feel pretty confident they perceived me as a gay man and attacked me, but I can’t understand why they did what they did. I looked horrible. Blood was everywhere,” Shortell told The Paper.

He also said he has no recollection of the attack.

Shortell required 10 hours of surgery to rewire his jaw and have three metal plates put in his head. One surgeon is said to have compared the force of impact to that of a car accident.

Shortell’s medical bills are estimated to exceed $100,000. He has no health insurance so his friends are hosting a fundraiser to help offset the costs of his hospital bills and physical therapy.

The fundraiser, “Gay Bash: A Benefit For Barie Shortell,” will take place next Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.at Blackout bar in Greenpoint. Check out this Facebook page for more information. 

So far no arrests have been made. If you have any information that could help solve this crime please contact the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force at 646-610-5267.

Disgusted by this? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • just4now

    Believe all the propaganda you wish.
    Swallow the placebo they feed you.
    I have lived in both countries, and believe you me, much prefer Canadian healthcare.
    Top of the line, professional, humane and no billing worries.
    You wait if you can, if things are non-life threatening, yes.
    But small price to pay compared to mortgaging your house for care.

    • Ed Dell

      Funny….I have heard completely the opposite. I guess it depends of if you REALLY need to access it….as long as you don’t need it, it’s great medical care.
      Otherwise we wouldn’t have Canadians flooding across the border to get routine procedures done that would take months under the Canadian system.

      • jerryjeff

        or how about the panel of doctors deciding that the canadian infant should be “allowed” to die so his father removed him from the hospital and brought him to America.

    • DrPhill

      ROFL! Thanks, J4, that’s the best laugh I’ve had all night. I assume, of course, you are joking.

  • tony

    why do these comment forums attract some very stupid, racist and vitriolic statements from unhappy malcontents who hide behind a nick name and the faceless nature of the internet? this are the same people who will run you over on the street instead of waiting two seconds for you to get out of their way; hiding inside their cars, of course.

    • thom luk

      “tony”. I agree that anonimity on comment web sites is unacceptable and you of all savants should not be nameless or unknown. Please post your full name, socal security number, telephone number, address, place of work, name of your spouse, living children, siblings and relatives immediately.

      • thom luk

        Still waitng for you to comply with your stated objection to comment lines. Would you like to retract?.

      • thom luk

        “tony”. I think that you, to paraphrase your own post, are exactely the kind of person who “hides (siq) behind a nick name and the faceless nature of the internet”. Sorry that we do not meet the standards that you demand of others but you will not display of yourself.

    • thom luk

      Also, your use of “this” instead of “These” in your last sentance indicates that a remedial english course is advised.

    • chris

      Or perhaps they are the faceless hoodie-wearing minority thugs who beat up a white guy. Suck on that Tony.

    • DrPhill

      Well, Tony, why don’t you take the proverbial plunge and be the first commenter on here to give out your full name, address, and phone number? Not such a great idea, huh?

  • RJ

    Everyone should be 2-nd Amendment Up-ed…I.e.. “Gunned Up.”
    Then this wouldn’t / couldn’t happen!

  • jerry

    why do these comment forums attract some very stupid, racist and vitriolic statements from unhappy malcontents who hide behind a nick name and the faceless nature of the internet? this are the same people who will run you over on the street instead of waiting two seconds for you to get out of their way; hiding inside their cars, of course.

    • thom luk

      “jerry”. I agree that anonimity on comment web sites is unacceptable and you of all savants should not be nameless or unknown. Please post your full name, socal security number, telephone number, address. place of work, name of your spouse, children, living siblings and relatives immediately.

      • thom luk

        Still waitng for you to comply with your stated objection to comment lines. Would you like to make yourself known?.

    • thom luk

      “jerry”. I think that you, to paraphrase your own post, are exactely the kind of person who “hides (siq) behind a nick name and the faceless nature of the internet”. Sorry that we do not meet the standards that you demand of others but you will not display of yourself. Also, your use of “this” instead of “These” in your last sentance indicates that a remedial english course is advised.

    • John

      What’s really more racist? Attempting to avoid identifying the assailants in such a vicious cowardly crime as Black, presumably because…well…I dunno why. Then, backing into it by calling them “hoody wearing” which every reader knows means Black guys. Or just telling the story accurately.

      What attracts people to comment on this foolishness is the certain knowledge that the good people at CBS think they are steering clear of gratuitous racism, when in fact, their condescension to Black people reflects their unspoken sense of Black people as inferior, which is racism at its worst.

  • Ramone

    Oh my. In the before picture he looks so happy…gay. In the after, all I see is great suffering – and for no reason. It makes me so sad.

  • Gr8ness

    People get beaten up or worse, much worse, everyday in the world. What exactly makes this news worthy? He’s gay. Therefore it must be news worthy. Everything else gay is. Gay marriage, gay hate crimes, gay couples, gay TV shows, gay, gay, gay. I’m not saying this with any animostiy, but WHO CARES if you’re gay or not?? Really? As long as your a decent human being. Let’s hope they catch the punks. People that violent towards ANYONE (gay or straight) should be removed from society.

    • cattyfan

      Let me start by saying I think this type of violence is AWFUL. There is no reason this type of thing should happen. But how does the REASON supposedly behind it make it worse? If he was a female beaten like this by a disgruntled ex-boyfriend (something which happens daily,) would the victimization considered to be less…something not headline worthy across the nation? The answer, sadly, is yes.

      All “hate crimes” have done is create a special class of people…something which minorities claim they don’t want. If the full force of the laws against violating another person were used, then there should be no reason for making a thought illegal.

  • Wild Bill

    They wore hoods. Real brave thugs that deserve the worst. No one deserves this treatment.

    • thom luk

      Wild Bill, you hit it exactly right.

  • Angele Salim

    Sounds like you all need to get out of the trailer park more often. You’re lack of education speaks volumes and its pretty sad not even worth getting upset over.

    • thom luk

      Hello Angele. Thanks for the insults and dispersions. My best friend at medical school was rasied in a trailer park and he is a very smart, educated and giving man. He saves lives every day and was riased, fed and educated by his father and mother who worked low end jobs until they died. Be kind

  • Angele Salim

    Barbara, Barbara, Barbara do you realize how silly you sound to the world. And this is why I choose not to live around ignorant people like yourself. You need help!

  • Bob

    First thought after reading this, punk thugs, when caught direct to tree, place rope around neck and hang. End of problem.
    After reading some comments. We have a nation of idiots. Obama is the primary leader of this group. Obama care is a joke, and typical for him he pits one group agains another.
    If you want national health care fine lets do it. national sales tax paid by all to cover it. Small copays up to age 65, then no copayments after that. Old guy benefit.
    Other wise shut up about health care.

    • Angele Salim

      Obama 2012 Yes We Can Again!!! I find peace in knowing you all hate Barak Obama so much, we finally WON!!! I hope you can’t sleep at night knowing that the people your ancestors enslaved are not running the country we built. Now we get to say “Whoo Hooo” I love it. So keep sending in all of your mean and nasty comments because they’re proof we’re finally are on top. What does a man being beat nearly to death have to do with race. God Bless America!

      • Angele Salim

        Obama 2012 Yes We Can Again!!! I find peace in knowing you all hate Barak Obama so much, we finally WON!!! I hope you can’t sleep at night knowing that the people your ancestors enslaved are now running the country we built. Now we get to say “Whoo Hooo” I love it. So keep sending in all of your mean and nasty comments because they’re proof we’re finally are on top. What does a man being beat nearly to death have to do with race. God Bless America!

      • Mr Liberty

        Because it was blacks.

      • Ed Dell

        You won because an incompetent was elected president on the basis of race?
        Your agenda is obviious.
        Oh, btw, Obama is not the grandson of slaves…in fact, his ancestors were probably capturing and selling his black people to the slave traders…

      • Booty Who

        It’s not for nothing that basketball and spear-chucking require many of the same athletic talents.

      • DrPhill

        Or, in the stirring words of your messiah’s primary mentor, Rev. Wright…”No, no, no. Not God Bless America, God D*mn America…it’s in the Bible.”

  • Fred reese

    This Guy its a Junkie, look where they doing the collection “in a Bar”

    • thom luk

      Hey Fred. He may be a junkie or not, he may be gay or not. His friends are raising money for his meical bills in a bar – so what? The issue is that he was savegely beaten by a gang of thugs that would take pleasure in doing the same to you or yours.

  • thom luk

    A gang of youths with hoodies? I suspect that a group of white, asian or latino church-going christian youths are to blame! ANYONE who may conjecture that this is the malevonance of welfare derived afro-american project punks is a profiler and a racist. Turn the other cheek and bury your head in the sand.Peace up.

    • Alan Foos

      You’re very wrong, Einstein. Christian church goers of any race simply do not think or act in such a manner. “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” Seriously, Thom, read the first 12 chapters of Matthew 5 over and over until God hears you and you hear back.

      • jimbob

        I think a /sarcasm tag was missing from thom luk’s comment.

      • thom luk

        Record straight jimbob. Thanks.

  • Leigh

    Number one, these attackers were neither black nor hispanic. Number 2, racism will never defeat violence, only perpetuate it.

    • always right

      How do you know they’re not black or hispanic? What are the choices? A gang of Greek kids? A bunch of Chinese? Were they girls? How do you know they weren’t girls?!?

    • stanley

      Wanna put money where your mouth is? Didn’t think so.

  • Rob Perry

    Move Out P***Y,

  • Mongoria Flaxseed

    Crimes in New York are as natural as breathing.
    The past and present measures to uphold the law is laughable.
    Maybe New York is meant to perish. NYC cops – they ain’t too smart.

  • vit reum

    I hear stories like this and i really appreciate that health care in canada costs me $50 a month. As for the bozos who think that packing pistols is going to help, give some consideration as to how many ot the gang that attacked him would have been packing pistols.
    the freedom to bear arms is one of several unfortunate American diseases.

    • John Coktoasten

      Your comment doesn’t really suprise me seeing you’re canadian… Just a land of cowards and traitors.

    • DK

      So you’re saying it’s ok for thugs to pack pistols and NOT ok for a law abiding citizen to NOT carry? The only rampant disease in the states is Liberalism. If these thugs attacked me, most of them would be dead because I have a CCW! :)

      • katie

        Yea buddy! Guns don’t kill people–gang bangers with guns do.

    • garion60

      It’s an AMERICAN FREEDOM. Lawful carry is for PROTECTION. Illegal carry is for CRIME. A person legally carrying a firearm is well-trained and disciplined. A crook with a gun isn’t and typically can’t hit what they aim at…endangering others in the process. And I bet your $50 health care is a HEL of a lot more than that and is offset by extremely high taxes and inflation. Keep your Canadian liberal b.s. north of the border where it belongs, EH!

    • katie

      vit reum- are you serious, as if this gang would need permission to carry a gun if they wanted it? If Canadian health care is so great why do people with serious and complicated medical problems flock to the U.S. for treatment? I would not want to wait 3-6 months for an angioplasty (Bill Clinton- ring any bells to you liberals?) Furthermore, if the victim of this crime had been carrying a gun- well, how far do think the attackers would have gotten with their beating?

      • Chris

        The cops and the criminals have the weapons in NYC.
        I only carry mace in case a subhuman thug tries to
        rob me. I agree Katie. People need better protection.
        And i’s getting worse than before Katie.

    • SugarPie

      I’m glad you live in Canada too, but I have to wonder how the parents of the 13 month old baby Canada was going to kill feel about the Canadian healthcare system!!! Thank God they got the little child to America, where he’s been receiving such great care that he’ll be going home with his parents in a few weeks…..and Canada was going to kill him!!!
      Wonder how Natasha Richardson would have felt about the Canadian healthcare system that failed her.
      I wonder why the Prime Minister of Canada came to America for medical treatment? I wonder why several members of the Austrailian parliament came to America for treatment? I wonder why the King of Saudi Arabia came to America for surgery?
      $50.00 a month??? You’re paying your government way too much to tell you when you can receive treatment and when you can’t!! You obviously have not needed healthcare in Canada or you’d find waits for tests take years!!!

  • Harry Reems

    Fatherless welfare trash. Questions?

  • Zumani Monet

    People should be able to express themselves without getting gay bashed. We live in NYC, not Iran. I hope they find those thugs and give them the maximum sentence.

  • Phillip Dale Smith

    Wait a minute, did this guy have a sign around his neck reading “GAY”? Was he listening to Broadway show tunes on his Ipod? Was he skipping instead of walking? Did the perpetrators have a mind reader in their midst? No, no, no, and NO!
    These “gangsters” attacked this poor guy not because he’s gay but, because they’re THUGS.

    • Mr Liberty

      I think he had white skin saying he was white and this angered the black attackers. Black would never harm a gay. They love gays and women and everything else liberal.

  • Dennis D

    He lives in a yuppie area of Brooklyn which is expensive. So why does he not have health insurance? This is why I oppose Obamacare. I am tired of paying for everyone else.

    • Ariel

      Dear Dennis, you’re disgusting.

      • Triskel

        no u

    • BKS

      That’s what you felt compelled to say after reading this story. Pathetic. Did you mean the Affordable Care Act when you said Obamacare. Pathetic RW talking point. I figured you would complain that you HAVE to pay for insurance then you won’t have to pay for everyone else. Pathetically selfish and uninformed (Thank you for the mandate Heritage Foundation) It’s called getting the facts straight and stop watching and listening to people who could give a *#%# about you!

      • DrPhill


    • Robert Frazier

      you are heartless individual. I hope if you ever lose your help insurance, you will not have any help problems.

    • leprent

      Im Agree with You Dennis, 15 Years ago he would off been dead

  • Ed Ruffin

    Current deterrents from the law are not working. Time to think outside the box, like our ancestors. These scurvy street thugs need to fear the population like they used to in Dixie.

    • Neville Lee

      What population are you referring to Ed?

      • Jared

        I think he means blacks, but this is just a guess based on the fact that blacks commit an astoundingly disproportionate number of violent and racially motivated crimes. Plus he said Dixie.

    • Joe

      I agree Ed. These people were much better when segregated and put in their place.

  • Feech Lamanna

    Inner-city dirt bags, coming soon to a small town near you – when society collapses. Be ready.

  • jim

    I bet you mama’s wig they we’re not black that would have been stated. You know, the news reporter state’s “three black men attacked a tree”, not three men attacked a tree. They always say the race if there black. So no race no black, that would leave me to believe they are white. Don’t believe me check the news for the next week and then call me smart!

    • Ken

      actually it’s sort of been the opposite lately

    • Go figure

      Yea?…. Surrrrrrrrre

      If they were NOT black the media you be shouting the fact from the rooftops! Your creditability is ZERO and you’re frankly a liar… you AND your mothers wig!

    • Zumani Monet

      I totally agree. The media would have stated their race if they were black.

    • Mainstream Coalition

      Always the opposite. If they had been white, the headline would have read Jerry Falwell followers assault gay man, police suggest that citizens burn a church in their neighborhood.

    • Leigh

      Agree. These kids are white and you all know it.

    • Jack Kennedy

      jim – the obama media IS NOT ALLOWED to interject race if it is the professional victims doing the deeds ………….. has been that way for over 10 years

      if it werent black hoods, you would have heard the race mentioned.

    • Phillip Dale Smith

      Sounds like you’re stuck in the sixties, Jim

  • Patrick

    Were the thugs black? The fact that it doesn’t point out the race tells me they’re probably black. Go to thugreport.com to see what I mean. If you dare.

  • Bloodaxe

    I am not gay and I don’t support gay marriage or anything else on their agenda. But what happened to this poor man was just awful and whoever did it should be in jail. It pays to be in shape- then maybe you can outfight your assailant (if its just one) or outrun them. And one other option would be a good reliable pistol. As we used to say in the Border Patrol ‘Its better to be tried by 12 than carried by six’.

    • Leigh

      What do you people mean when you say agenda? Our agenda? IS TO LIVE.

      • DrPhill

        No, your agenda is to force people to agree with you. What do we mean by agenda? Gee, I don’t know, maybe the fact that we are being forced to allow you to destroy marriage. Or maybe that our kids are being brainwashed into believing that “gay” is just another normal lifestyle choice even though God says it most definitely isn’t…etc, etc. Do you mean THAT agenda?

  • http://punditpedia.wordpress.com smashzoom

    These little insects who beat this guy up will eventually be caught, and their single-mothers who are trying to raise them are gonna get the medical bills for this guy. I wonder if they will pay it…he said sarcastically….

    • Leigh

      Trashing single mothers? You’re disgusting. But it looks like you’re in good company.

      • DrPhill

        You don’t seem to be able to decide which side to sympathize with. I can certainly understand the dilemma an enlightened person such as yourself would face in this situation. On the one hand you have a gay person, a no brainer for sympathy. On the other hand, you have a group of poor, downtrodden urban youth who have been victimized by filthy, disgusting, rich, white people. What’s a Liberal to do? I’ve got it…it’s BUSH’S FAULT! AHHH, I feel better about myself already.

  • Sara

    We love you. Even if you did get the lion’s share of the good looks in our family. Stay strong.

  • Linda

    Praying for a speedy recovery for this poor man. Nowhere does he say he is gay only that these animals thought he is gay.

  • heof

    the article didnt tell us how those teens knew he is gay

  • Emmanuel Wilson

    They only way to stop hatred and ignorance is look at one’s own belief system and ask why do all hate each other so much? My heart goes out to this poor man regardless of his sexual orientation or the color of his skin. Whatever the color or age of the perpetrators, what happened is unacceptable as are many of the small minded comments made in response to this article. Many of you should be ashamed at yourselves for you work from the same narrow mindset as the men who committed this crime. Let us not judge those we do not know. My many prayers go out to this young man. I hope one day the criminals recognize their sins and understand that everyone has a right to be whatever they are in the world.

    • JoJo

      Listen to the Holy See! As if you know anything…

    • Matt

      “Why do all hate each other so much?” This is a stupid question, because the acts of these punks do not represent anyone beyond the idiots who took part in the bashing. I doubt this gang “hates” the guy they beat up. In fact, I’m willing to bet that they would describe this type of activity as fun.

      • Emmanuel Wilson

        Small minded indeed. Stay in the land of small ideas and leave those that strive for a better world alone.

    • Booty Who

      Yes, those thugs are striving for a better world, too. With any luck, they’ll happen across Emmanuel and beat some sense into her.

  • Glen In Tampa

    I am reading this article, and i am also reading the comments , there is no where in the article that states what race those idiot teens are, but yet the response are already pointing fingers at blacks, i have seen all types of races wearing hoodies.
    James Whitman i so agree with you…..

    • jim

      I don’t think they were black that would have been stated. You know, “three black men attacked a tree”, not three men attacked a tree. They always say the race if there black, so it would leave me to beleive they are white.

  • M. B. A.

    Chances are those that beat him up will be bragging
    about this and in jail soon ,as someone will rat out these rats.
    I hate Brooklyn cause it seems always on the edge of violence.

  • Mary

    The reason why this happened and the reason why this part of Williamsburg is becoming more sketchy is because of the low income housing offered by the Edge and North Side piers. Between Kent and Berry from N3 to N10, not cute.
    The gentrification pushed them out years ago, now they’re back to make the neighborhood a dump again.

    • LT


      I’m going to assume that this comment was trolling and that you really aren’t ignorant enough to conclude that low-income housing encourages crime.

      • bloodaxe

        of course it doesn’t. Its the lowlife dirtbags who live there that do.

      • DrPhill

        I would bet my last dollar, LT, that you don’t live in a low income housing (ghetto) neighborhood.

  • marge

    This was also a hate crime because he is White. I know all his attackers were black.

    • jan

      But all blacks are liberals and Democrats, right? So they love the gays, and treat women well, and take care of their kids, because. . . think of the children. Blacks would never hurt a gay. They probably say that flannel shirt and thought he was a conservative.

  • wolf

    What makes it worse is that those sub-human savages that commit crimes likes this get their health care paid for by, well essentially, the rest of us (the taxpayers). Also, where is Al Sharpton when gay people are victimized by these thugs?

  • Reality check

    i will bet anything this poor guy moved to brooklyn from indiana, here is a warning to any gays outside of nyc – nyc outside of a few blocks is not the place for open gays to walk around at night- it is a fact. I recall walking down the street with my friend ( we are not gay ) They mistook us for 2 gay guys, we almost got the crp beat out of us by 12 guys- despite what you see on tv , nyc, especially the youth , hates gays

    • Will J.

      i agree. I’ve been mistaken for gay walking alone and many many times packs of mean people hurl insults. I’m lucky i haven’t been physically attacked. I never walk around anymore. It’s not safe ANYWHERE in the U.S. – even leafy suburbs.

  • Rosalka

    poor guy yes USA sucks paying all these medical bills even if u don’t have health insurance…I hope those teenagers will die beaten up….

  • bil

    a hate crime is defined by alll media as an attack on a person of color by a white person. otherwise to the press it is meaningless. since the race of the HOODIES is not stated it is assured that they are of color. no doubt no other explanation

    • mn-man

      Hate crime is also defined by the media as an attack (whether physical, verbal, or even just a mean look) on a gay person by a white heterosexual, or an attach (whether physical, verbal, or even just a mean look) on a muslim by a white christian.

  • Sri Anima Mundi

    We need to wage ferocious peace to fight against hate and violence .
    If he had waged peace and love against the bad hoodie people , they
    would have been overcome with unconditional love , their hearts would
    be changed , they would be transformed into liberal love children .
    The next time someone wants to use violence against you , wage
    peace . Thats the only protection that you have thats politically
    correct .

  • P1ssed 0ff

    The worst part of this whole thing is that our pathetic govt wont foot his medical bills but they’re willing to give free healthcare, shelter, and food to every damn immigrant that comes into this country. This poor man is now battered, beaten, AND broke.

  • Patrick Spencer

    In Canada this poor guy wouldn’t have to pay a dime for his medical treatments, the USA health care system is a shame!

    Socialism is good, I hope for the USA that those right-wing crackpots polluting your country will get one day!..

    • beauxdog

      Yes, but he would die waiting a year for his MRI appointment.

  • Devenio

    This is what happens when you build a society based on fear. Just about everything you see, hear or read is based in someone way in keeping you afraid. Fear breeds hatred. Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd

    • Dr No

      Yeah, I don’t know what you’re talking about, but in many Canadian cities, he would be life flighted to an American hospital.

      The Canadian healthcare system will collapse if the US goes to government run healthcare because they won’t be able to get urgent procedure performed. They’d probably throw out their government and bring back choice and freedom in healthcare. You can take my word as a physician or just ask a Canadian, but not one who lives in the US because they don’t have to worry about the year long waits for studies and life saving procedures.

      In Canada, only the rich get truly excellent healthcare by visiting hospitals and clinics in the US, no the middle class and poor. Oddly, in the US the poor get excellent health care, but the middle class does get pretty hosed here if they loose their insurance.

  • Steve

    Is it a hate crime to beat someone up for being fat? This is the most inane idiocy I’ve read all week. Would there have been any focus on this beating if the victim was beaten up for being ‘ugly’ or ‘annoying’?
    What in the world IS a hate crime? And who defines what constitutes one? Stupid & perverse New York moralists? So if you get beat up for a belief, it’s a hate crime? But if you get beat up for lunch money, it’s not? Apparently, some people think it’s their job to prevent hatred of precious views by extolling a new ‘hate crime’ accusation, rather than calling it what it is… a VIOLENT crime. Which has always been illegal, and isn’t based on arbitrary belief considerations. But these pseudo-journalists are in the worldview pushing business, and will use anything (including vioent crimes) to try & guilt people into adhering to a less structured sex ethic. What does this say about them?

    • Josh

      Is it a hate crime for beating someone up for being stupid? I am trying to keep an idiot in suspense, so don’t answer that right away.

    • Frank White


      Please try and look beyond your limited capabilities.

      Hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, social status or political affiliation.

      “Hate crime” generally refers to criminal acts that are seen to have been motivated by bias against one or more of the types above, or of their derivatives. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters (hate mail).

      If they just beat this individual to a pulp without taunting him with gay insults it would not be considered a hate crime. Just a crime.

    • DMA

      No one tends to have a problem with criticizing the idea of “hate crimes” until it’s gay-related. Let me tell you – the laws regarding hate crimes were very easy to pass UNTIL they included sexual orientation. Then everyone started criticizing them – “a violent crims is a violent crime regardless of who it is directed against… etc.” It’s disguistingly see-through, Steve, like you. “…guilt people into adhering to a less structured sex ethic.” Really. It’s pretty clear why people commit these crimes – because of ignorant and hateful fools like yourself.

      • bookbabe

        Thank you, DMA. And if you think it’s difficult to pass hate-crime (or any other kind of) laws to protect gay people, just try to include language to protect transgender people!

  • Mark

    I was beaten nearly as bad in Houma, Louisiana for no reason at all by some guys recently out of high school. I was 30, minding my own business, absolutely no reason. Cops did nothing, in fact had to be persuaded to take a report.

    Hope you recover Barie Shortell.
    If the punks get caught civil sue them.

  • dan

    hoodies are gay

  • J

    I been saying AMERICANS need to start carrying fire arms, Our government is doing a S_IT job of protecting us.
    Now to attack this particular article, there is no real evidence to suggest this was a real hate crime. However, this is no excuse to attack anyone! Willamsburge, Brooklyn is slum. Nothing has changed, per capita it is one of the poorest places in America AND poverty = Crime!

    • Jay Tee

      You see no evidence that this is a hate crime? How about the fact that they were shouting all the anti-gay insults at the guy before they attacked him, THEN they didn’t even take his money or anything. Did you miss the part where it said he was NOT robbed? Give me a break. This was a clear-cut hate crime.

      • Luke

        I’m not sure that they even thought he was gay. It’s been a long time since I was in school, but back then kids called each other gay-based slurs as a way to insult each other. No one really thought the other was gay. It was just a convenient insult.

  • Kostya

    Well his haircut didn’t change.

    • Frank Little

      Your mean spirited bad jocks haven’t changed either.

      • Ahole

        “jocks”? Did he play sports?

  • Shawn Li

    I don’t see anywhere in the story where it describes the attackers at all! What makes you think these were so-called “victims of systemic inequities” You see? You are your own problem. YOU are the reason there are such laws against carrying and concealing firearms. That kind of ignorant reasoning is exactly why those laws are in place!

    • Shawn Li

      ^^^ in response to AI from Bay shore

    • James Whitman

      You do know why there was no description of the attackers?? In the press it seems politically incorrect to describe or accuse certain “groups” of people for obvious reasons.

    • Al From Bay Shore

      No Shawn, those laws are to keep US in place. Politicians and bureaucrats want to keep us powerless and they prefer that we not check their power. This is supposed to be a government that rules by OUR consent. Nowadays, politicians have it twisted. They think that we are supposed to serve government. Everyday they do things to take away our freedoms. They try to tell you how to eat. They tell you what kind of lightbulbs to use. They ask you to report on you financial activities. They are trying to tell you whom you can and cannot marry. They tell you what you can’t grow in your back yard. Heck, they even regulate the kinds of toilets you can put in your own home. Its time to BEAT BACK government and pit it in its proper place – servant of the people!

  • sawnetbean

    What the heck is the matter with people? This is disgusting, I hope they catch the cowards who did this and send them to jail. Let’s see what they say when Bubba wants to get friendly in lock-up.

    • Ted Davis

      they were not people…feral subhumans did this…most likely black

      • Neville Lee

        I see racism is still alive and well Ted…Your racist thinking is subhuman Ted..

      • SamIam

        Saying that they were most likely black is just application of statistics: i.e. a fact. No thinking required.

      • IAmRight

        People have used the term “racists” so much that they lost the true meaning of the word. Sheesh, get a damn dictionary.

  • Al From Bay Shore

    Its time. Time to bring a lawsuit against NYS and NYC over their restrictive gun laws which permit gun ownership only for the rich. New Yorkers should be allowed a concealed carry permit and a gun for a nominal fee (perhaps $30.00 per year). We’ve tried gun restrictions and they work great for LAW ABIDING CITIZENS IF THE GOAL IS TO KEEP THEM DEFENSELESS. Government has failed once again. Its time to stop relying on it for things that people can, and should, provide for themselves. The victim in this article was twice victimized – once by those hoodlum thugs and once by the welfare state (NYS) that coddles these thugs as victims of “systemic inequities”.

    • Greenpoint John

      Brilliant. You’ll notice the “hoodlum thugs” didn’t shoot the guy, which they very well might have if they had easy access to guns. Or yes, Mr. Shortell might have chosen to go out packing, even in a relatively safe part of Brooklyn, and we could have had a fire fight in the middle of Williamsburg. Keep your gun-toting insanity to yourself.

      • Al From Bay Shore

        Greenpoint John…
        Mankind has a natural/ God given right to bear arms. Its all about the protection of life, liberty, and property. I will not entrust bureaucrats with my right to self defense.

        NYS and NYC government are violating the Bill of Rights by restricting your right to bear arms. Its time for a lawsuit. The people sued Chicago and won. The people sued the District of Columbia and won. Its time to bring a lawsuit against the City of New York!

      • netninja

        Anyone has easy access to guns, not hard to get if you really want one. No such thing as safe anywhere. We don’t know why they didn’t kill him but they almost did due the severe ammount of head trama he recieved. So your response is you were worried about a firefight they may or may not have happened. However if he was killed he would have been a poor victim of city life and his luck ran out? Notice the cops were not anywhere close by. Remember when seconds count the cops are minutes away. I guess by your account these poor thugs need rehabilitation and given jobs to keep them busy. I guess you can hire them.

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