A man in Sarasota, Florida, was recently assaulted just because he is gay.
Ever since Donald Trump became President-elect of the United States, hate crimes against minorities and people of various religious backgrounds have skyrocketed. The business tycoon and future U.S. President did tell those who are harming others to “Stop it”, but it doesn’t seem like those two little words held much gravity.
Recently, another hate crime was reported in Sarasota, Florida, against an elderly man. According to ABCActionNews, Chuck Redding was physically attacked just for being openly gay. The Florida resident shares that he was followed home by a Hispanic man with a beard who was driving a dark colored Jeep Cherokee. Said Redding:
“This guy was extremely close to me. At first, I didn’t think anything of it other than it was a jerk that was following too close.”
But once Redding pulled onto his street, the vehicle followed. It was at the point he knew he was in trouble. Once he parked in front of a neighbor’s house, the driver of the Jeep suddenly exited the vehicle, opened Redding’s door, and accosted him.
“He yanked the door open, dragged me out, ripped my shirt. I was on the pavement,” Redding relayed. “He kept saying, ‘You know my new president says we can kill all you faggots now.’”
Local media shares that the attack left Redding with a cut hand swollen to twice its size, a badly bruised arm, and a scrape knee. This is the first time the Sarasota citizen has ever been the victim of a hate crime.
In result of the attack, Redding and his friends are applying for concealed carry permits. They’re hoping that if someone intent on attacking them sees the weapon, they’ll think twice about doing so. Said Redding:
“If I can carry a weapon in my waistband, so that it can be seen at least, maybe these people will think different.”
At present, the suspect has not yet been caught. If you have any information regarding the assault, please contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
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