Law enforcement Investigating Attack On Utah Homosexual Couple As Feasible Despise Crime

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Law enforcement stated on Wednesday that an assault against a gay few in suburban Salt Lake City is staying investigated as a hate criminal offense.

Stefanie Peacock mentioned her 18-year-previous son, Christian, and his boyfriend Jacob Metcalf, also 18, had been attacked just after midnight Saturday. They had been standing outdoors of the Peacocks’ dwelling in Sandy, a 97,000-individual suburb southeast of Salt Lake Town. A online video recorded by Metcalf and posted on social media exhibits youthful guys employing homophobic slurs whilst Christian Peacock requires they go away.

An altercation ensued and a strike can be listened to on the video. Peacock can later be heard saying, “You think you can just strike persons?” Then, the teenager who the couple suggests was the attacker named Peacock a derogatory slur yet again, according to the video clip. Peacock later on went to the medical center to be examined for injuries and a concussion, his mom reported.

A 17-year-previous was arrested after the incident on suspicion of assault, Sandy Police Sgt. Greg Moffitt informed The Associated Press on Tuesday. No charges have been submitted and the suspect was not named due to the fact he is a slight.

When costs are filed, Moffitt claimed police planned to dietary supplement a misdemeanor assault demand with a dislike crime improvement simply because “it was extremely obvious that the suspect knew (Peacock) was a gay man and he was focused for that.”

“We want our citizens to know and we want the community to know that if this comes about in our city we’re not heading to tolerate it. If it’s a hate criminal offense we’re going to go after it as a hate criminal offense,” Moffitt reported.

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