Civil rights activists say police in Texas have not properly investigated the brutal gay-bashing of a teenager, and they’re asking the FBI to file hate crime charges in the case.
Dylan Beard bit through his tongue and suffered chipped teeth, a broken nose, a black eye, and other injuries when he was beaten by two friends and a 17-year-old girl, reported the Houston Chronicle.
The teen said he was invited to join some friends Oct. 12 at a Baytown skate park when the group attacked him, punching and kicking him as they called him a “f*ggot” and “booty lover.”
The assailants then bragged about the attack on social media, the teen’s supporters said.
Activists said Baytown police have ignored some witnesses to the attack and openly insulted Beard because he is gay.
A spokesman for the department said police “are taking steps (and) reaching out” to Beard, saying the teen was invited to speak to detectives and internal affairs investigators.
The spokesman said a police report was filed and the girl was cited for misdemeanor assault.
He was unaware of allegations that officers used homophobic slurs to describe Beard or whether the teens had bragged about the attack on social media.
Beard, who is homeschooled, said he knew his assailants, but not very well, and they had never attacked or insulted him before.
Watch this video report posted online by KHOU-TV: