Monday, April 16, 2018

Major hate crime reported near weekend Cherry celebration in Washington DC clubs

WJLA in Washington DC reports on a severe beating of two gay men at 10th St and U St NW, on the north side of U St, around 12:30 AM Sunday morning April 15, 2018.  Steven Tschida reports.
The WJLA link is here.

WJLA reports that the attack occurred close to U Street, not on a back alley, and there would have been plenty of witnesses.  The Metro station is across U-Street.  That makes this attack particularly shocking.

This weekend, there were multiple gay parties for “Cherry”, including a huge event at Town DC, which I attended.

I left in a taxi about 1:20 AM on 8th St and did not notice anything unusual.

Back in September 2004 I witnesses a street robbery with weapons in progress about three blocks from the Velvet Nation (which Town replaced) on the way to that club location, and had management call police as soon as I arrived at that club. 
In March 2013 I was robbed by a pickpocket on the way down an escalator on the Mt. Vernon Ave side of the U St Green Line station on the way home, when subways were open later than now.

Update: April 20, 2018

NBCWashington has a story and video on a vigil at Dupont Circle in the evening of April 19 here. WJLA has carried the story of the gathering but did not put it yet on its website.  No suspects have been apprehended yet (as of noon Friday). DC police say that hate crimes in the city have increased since the end of 2015, apparently as the political climate became more divisive with Trump's candidacy and social media bots.  

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