Police Release Surveillance Video Of Alleged West Village Hate Crime

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has a new clue in an alleged hate crime attack on a gay man in the West Village over the weekend.

damian furtch Police Release Surveillance Video Of Alleged West Village Hate Crime

Damian Furtch (Credit: Facebook)

Police released new surveillance video that shows two men apparently beating Damian Furtch, 26, when he left a McDonald’s at West 3rd Street and Sixth Avenue.

The men also shouted anti-gay slurs in the 4:30 a.m. attack on Sunday, police said.

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 the attack was “upsetting” and “deeply disappointing,” especially since it happened “in a neighborhood where the LGBT civil rights movement was really born.”

“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.”

Do you think this was a hate crime? Leave a comment below…

  • nyc

    4:30 in the morning ? McDonalds ? Must have been a Mac attach !!

  • Jen

    No one should attack and beat up anyone whether you like them or not. If you don’t like someone ignore them. What is wrong with that?

  • Moral Truth

    Where’s the part on the video that shows the alleged victim instigating the incident? And thats the moral truth.

  • Jojo

    @jamaican & Bernie Sanders, you are both idiots.

  • Patrick Fernandes

    There is no question in my mind that this was a hate crime, considering all the gay slurs that were said prior to the beating.
    I think and feel that since it is a Federal law. The Feds should do a thourough investigation into this matter and punish the vigilants with the maximum punishment by law. We live in a world that there is so much hate and crime and there is no room for more of this kind of behavior.

    • Moral Truth

      He was in a McDonalds at 4:30am dressed i his work clothes.
      He is to blame here And thats the moral truth.

      • C.J.

        Was he aggressively flirting and hitting on the guys that beat him up? One way or the other he was going to find out that no means no.

        • Svlad Cjelli

          C.J., You are a bigot. There is nothing uglier. Are you proud, clown?

  • Bernie Sanders

    it’s better in the bahmas lol !

  • RR

    You should move to Jamaica where you are safe in your hypocritical and intolerant views. for those who do not know gay people are regularly brutalized and beaten by angry mobs,entire communities and even by the police in Jamaica. unfortunately it is the least hospitable place for gay people that I know of and I am Jamaican and well exposed to other cultures.

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