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Jul 4, 2011 7:38 PM by John Romero

Assault sparks outrage in GLBT community

The fallout continues after a weekend attack at a Colorado Springs restaurant that landed 2 men in the hospital, one a Fort Carson soldier, seemingly all based on the fact that they're gay.

We spoke to Charles Irwin, the Executive Director of the Colorado Springs Pride Center. He tells us the GLBT community is in shock. "They're very upset that something like that could happen here in Colorado Springs." he says, "But the fact of the matter that it started verbally and was very clearly a hate crime scenario."

Irwin says many in the community know the victims in the case and want swift justice. "This isn't just somebody getting in to a fight. This is somebody that was beat bloody. It's horrible." says Irwin. But he warns not to fight hate with more hate. "There's a lot of sadness. There's a lot of fear. But there's a lot of anger too. That's one thing that concerns us because we don't want any type of anger based scenarios going on out there."

Since our story aired police are getting new leads in the case, including an anonymous call Sunday night. "It did give some specific information to this case. So hopefully it's promising." says Lt. Pat Rigdon with CSPD. Rigdon says when the suspects are caught they can expect some heavy charges, even possibly a hate crime charge. "Based on the injury it would be a class 4 felony, 2nd degree assault. Obviously there's potential for adding the biased based crimes on top of that."

 

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