NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say suspected anti-gay bias attacks are up slightly this year amid several high-profile incidents in recent weeks.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said so far there have been 50 reports of anti-gay bias attacks in the city, up from 43 the same time last year. That includes incidents like the assault on two teens and another man in the Bronx who police say were attacked after gang members found out their recruit was gay.READ MORE: 'Wicked' Cancels Weekend Shows Due To COVID Test Results And Scheduled Absences
It also includes an incident at the Stonewall Inn, an important location in the gay rights movement.READ MORE: Connecticut Man Who Tested Positive For Omicron Variant Resting At Home With Mild Symptoms, Gov. Lamont Says
Kelly said Thursday that, overall, there are on average about 200 reported incidents per year of bias attacks of all kinds in the city.
Kelly said that figure seems low in a city with 8 million residents. He believes such crimes are underreported.MORE NEWS: Bob Dole, Former Senate GOP Leader And Presidential Nominee, Dies At 98
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