Pennsylvania police chief’s daughter among suspects charged in Philly gay-bashing
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.
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:
— Kathryn Knott (@kathryn_knott) March 18, 2012
On other occasions she wrote:
Jazz flute is for little fairy boys
— Kathryn Knott (@kathryn_knott) December 14, 2012
— Kathryn Knott (@kathryn_knott) August 29, 2013
Having the parents write me a check instead of handing me cash is annoyinggg
— Kathryn Knott (@kathryn_knott) May 15, 2013
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.
— Kathryn Knott (@kathryn_knott) September 24, 2013
@krisssstenxoxo Got suckered into buying 130 dollar heels …thats how my day is going
— Kathryn Knott (@kathryn_knott) March 29, 2013
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.