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Pennsylvania police chief’s daughter among suspects charged in Philly gay-bashing

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One of the suspects charged in the vicious beating of two gay men on a street in Philadelphia is a police chief’s daughter whose Twitter feed is littered with antigay slurs, tweets about binge drinking and blackouts and about how awful it is when your parents write you a check instead of just giving you cash.

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday morning that two of the three suspects wanted in the case surrendered to police after they were identified by social media users who matched their Facebook photos with security footage taken on the night of the attack.

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Prosecutors told the AP that 24-year-old Philip Williams and 24-year-old Katherine Knott face charges of criminal conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment, as does their co-defendant, 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, who is still at large.

NBC Philadelphia reported that Knott is the daughter of Chalfont Borough Police Chief Karl Knott.

On Wednesday morning, Storify’s Scott Wooledge posted links to Katherine Knott’s Twitter account, where she boasted of binge drinking and complained about non-English speaking people, in addition to posting multiple antigay slurs.

From a night out dancing, she wrote:

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On other occasions she wrote:

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She also posted a photo of herself drinking the sugary cinnamon-flavored whiskey Fireball straight from the bottle, complained about having to work with non-English speakers at her job and bemoaned the trial of having to pay $130 for a pair of high-heeled shoes.

KKnott chat about immigrants

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On Sep. 11, Knott and a group of other “well-dressed” and “clean-cut” white people in their 20s attacked a gay couple and brutally beat them. The attackers were tracked down by resourceful social media users, who identified the assailants after police posted security footage from the night of the attack.


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