Zapping a gay guy with a stun-gun will likely land you in the clink. Screaming hateful slurs while doing it will likely land you in the clink for a long, long time.
Case in point: 23-year-old Joseph Desmond, who is charged with a hate crime for doing exactly that.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, at about 8:10 p.m. on September 25, the 23-year-old
victim was standing at the intersection of Gates Avenue and Fairview
Avenue in Queens.
Desmond allegedly approached him and made some homophobic, anti-gay remark. He then zapped him with a stun-gun.
Like a tough guy, he then scampered off.
The victim wasn’t injured too seriously — minor chest pains.
Desmond was arrested shortly after the incident hiding in a courtyard of a nearby building.
“Crimes of hate — such as this random and senseless attack — will never
be tolerated here in Queens County,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says. “When they do, regrettably, occur,
they will be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Every person has
the right to feel safe to walk the streets without being harassed or
assaulted based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.”
Desmond’s been charged with one count of second-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree assault, second-degree aggravated harassment, and second-degree harassment.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 24, 2012