PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are investigating an alleged attack on a gay man in South Philadelphia last week.
The alleged attack took place on Thursday near Broad and Oregon.READ MORE: 'They Want Me Dead': Nearly Dozen Philadelphia Families Fearing For Lives After Cooperating In Criminal Investigations
Mayor Jim Kenney issued an emotional statement after hearing the news.
“It is difficult to express the full extent of the devastation and anger I felt upon learning of this hate crime. To the victim, you have my sincerest apologies both as the mayor of this city and as someone who resided in South Philadelphia for most of my life. I will do everything I can to ensure that neither you nor any other Philadelphian feels unsafe because of who they love.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer In Stable Condition After Shot In Overbrook, Police Source Says
CBS 3’s Alexandria Hoff spoke to another member of the LGBT community who feels like rising post-election hostility has prompted a terrible situation at his gym where he says a weight clip was thrown at him after disagreeing with another man who was loudly voicing political and perhaps racially insensitive beliefs.
“I think there’s a lot of hate going around even from both sides, explained Matt Boynton. “But I think Donald Trump’s victory and his kind of surprise victory has made a lot of people who may have kept their racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, what have you views themselves before, now feel emboldened that they can come out in public and not have to hide it anymore.”MORE NEWS: Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Wilmington Police Officer Samuel Waters Accusing Excessive Force, Using N-Word
Police did look into that matter and found that the man who allegedly threw the clip at Boynton was banned from the gym.