Asheville, NC is widely considered a really gay friendly place. So why did this happen?
Asheville police plan to charge a second person in connection with an assault last week that investigators labeled a hate crime.
The second person is 15 years old, so no name has been released, but the first suspect has been charged with felony Assault Inflicting Serious Injury. Not surprisingly, a person who thinks it’s appropriate to punch a guy in the face because he thinks the guy is gay is a person who seems to have a cavalier attitude about following other social norms.
What’s more disturbing is the fact that instead of arresting the suspect, he was cited and released.
Hankins [the victim] went to the police station later Thursday to ask about the investigation and learned that the officer who responded did not file a report, Welch said.
An anonymous tip helped police locate the suspect. (Suspect) was released on a written promise to appear in court.
In what other situation would you be able to punch a dude in the face, causing broken bones, and then walk on a “promise to appear?”
Contrast this outcome with the situation that happened in DC and reflect for a moment on the fact that in North Carolina, unlike DC, you can actually get a permit to carry. When people get together in groups for the purpose of attacking anyone, they deserve to be shot.
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