Police Investigate Greenwich Village Beating As Possible Hate Crime

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for two men in a possible anti-gay hate crime in the beating of a man outside of a Greenwich Village McDonald’s last weekend.

Police said two men shouted gay slurs while beating Damian Furtch, 26, outside the fast food restaurant on West Third Street and Sixth Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Furtch, who had just moved to New York from California, posted Facebook pictures of his injuries which include two black eyes and multiple stitches.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she finds the attack “upsetting” and “deeply disappointing,” especially since it happened “in a neighborhood where the LGBT civil rights movement was really born.”

Quinn insists these crimes, which she calls a “total act of cowardice” and “absolute bullying,” will not be tolerated.

“Some people still think that hate crimes are kind of a joke in New York City, that it’s just some type of adult bullying that doesn’t have any consequences and we want people to know that that is simply not true,” Quinn told 1010 WINS. “We are not going to allow you to attack people because of who they are or who they think you are.”

Quinn said the suspects will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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  1. chad says:

    i dont understand hate crime ideology. so if i’m a straight, white, christian male and i get beat for no good reason, does that mean it cant be a hate crime? how can one prove that if this guy werent gay they wouldnt have beat him all the same?

  2. gen says:

    Don’t worry these thugs will be street meat soon enough, that’s their culture of death and violence….no respect for themselves or any human being or animal…END WELFARE and they will dry up…no reward no baby mama’s!

  3. Ron says:

    @”Moral Truth” – Regarding your idiotic comments: “The victim Mr. Furtch(if telling the truth)is at fault here because he did not call 911. Being inside a McDonalds at 4:26am is not that bright either.

    The police must investigate and see if Mr. Furtch instigated this attack which he more then likely did and thats the moral truth.”

    Funny how people like you always try to down-play hurtful statements with words like “moral”…

    Who made you such an authority? For your information and enlightenment, the victim was coming off of his WORK SHIFT at the famous “Pink Teacup” Soul Food Restaurant & Bar across the street. Many bars & even restaurants stay open in NYC until 4AM, and he was likely just looking for a quick bite to eat after a long shift. You are so insensitive to his reality! He wore pink attire/accessories because that is the uniform/dress code of his place of employment. Get your facts straight before blaming the victim.

    1. Moral Truth says:

      Ron I know he was coming work but common sense he should have changed his clothes before leaving.

      He is to blame and thats the moral truth

  4. Sally Rogers says:

    Disgusting. Poor baby. I hope they catch who did this to him. The area around the courts has always been questionable. But really? You shouldn’t have to avoid specific areas because of your shoelaces. Where are all the cops? Times Square has 100’s of cops taking pics with tourists and none of those cops were stationed down by w 4th street or w 6th street? Good going NYPD.

  5. brooklyn4ever says:

    I wonder if these clowns realize just how assinine they look with their pants down to their thighs? I laugh when I see them and get amused when I see them try and sit down on the train. Regardless of what they had on or did not have on, no one has the right to beat anyone for any reason whether it be race, creed, or religious or sexual beliefs. Someday, some way, they will be repaid.

  6. edward says:

    It’s disconcerting to say the least but that particular location, near the basketball courts on 6th Ave. has always been dicey. If the victim worked in the area, he probably should have known better than go over there.
    That said, it does not justify another act of bullying and violence that stems from ignorance.
    Unfortunately, the victim just picked the wrong time to be in a place that I would not venture in broad daylight. Those guys hanging out there are always looking for someone or something to vent their anger on.
    Even in Manhattan, walking around with a provocative wardrobe choice can bring grief.

  7. Micha says:

    I find it ironic that this kid was attacked for wearing pink shoelaces, but i bet the kids who attacked him had their pant waists around their thighs. Hmm, who looks more ready to “recieve”? I’d say the guy with his pants halfway down ..🙂

    1. Micha says:

      oops, i meant “receive”

    2. HARLEM GOING H.A.M. says:

      I’M LOVING YOUR COMMENT. AS A BLACK MAN, PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER, IT BREAKS MY HEART TO SEE THE YOUTH RUNNING AROUND WITH THEIR PANTS HANGING OFF THEIR BUTTS. GAY MEN DON’T EXPOSE THEIR BUTTS LIKE THESE SO-CALLED STRIAGHT GUYS. IF THEY JUMPED ON THAT GUY CAUSE OF HIS SHOE LACES, THEN SOME OF THESE SO-CALLED THUGS SHOULD ALSO GET THEIR BUTTS KICKED FOR SHOWING THEIR ASSETS

  8. CSI says:

    I bet they wont go to the bear club down the block and do that. They will get their
    a– beat.

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