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Watch: Gay Couple Viciously Attacked on Camera During Sacramento Pride Weekend

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday June 14, 2022

The moment before a gay couple was attacked at a Sacremento restaurant during Pride Weekend.
The moment before a gay couple was attacked at a Sacremento restaurant during Pride Weekend.  (Source:YouTube)

A local gay couple was viciously attacked at a local restaurant during Pride weekend in Sacramento, California, and it was all caught on camera.

As reported by ABC10, the couple were in Sacramento's LGBTQ-friendly Lavender Heights district at Kiki's Chicken Place when they became the target of an attack. Information about the couple's identities have been limited while the hunt for their attacker continues.

"I'm just hoping for justice. I'm hoping there is someone out there who can help identify who these people are," ABC 10 reported one of the victims saying called "Derek."

"It's scary to think about going out at night to a restaurant or for a drink and not feeling comfortable in the city you are living in," he said.

The incident reportedly began when one of the men picked up and threw away a littered cigarette from one of the restaurant's patrons.

"So I went and picked it up and threw it away inside the restaurant. He started approaching me with a very intimidating attitude. He started telling me if I had a problem to let him know because he can go ahead and smoke us both," said Jose, Derek's boyfriend.

From there, things reportedly quickly escalated and the patron can be seen on video yelling at the couple and starting to throw punches at one of the men.

The couple said they filed a police report after the incident on Friday but learned the case was suspended for days over lack of evidence.

"I'm mostly upset at Sac PD (Sacramento Police Department) at the moment, due to the fact that there are plenty of leads. I would like more attention from Sac PD. I would like them to re-open the case and do something about it," Jose said.

The Sacramento Police Department indeed confirmed that the case was briefly closed but reopened and assigned to the department's Bias Crimes Task Force.

"As a department, we take all allegations of bias-related crime seriously and remain committed to conducting a comprehensive investigation into this incident," Sacramento Police Department said in a statement to ABC10.

A video of the attack is included below, but be warned that it is not easy to watch.