Both members of a gay couple in Atlanta were hospitalized after they were attacked by a 48-year-old man as they slept, WSB-TV reported.
“The pain doesn’t let you sleep,” said one of the victims, 21-year-old Marquez Tolbert. “It’s just, like, it’s excruciating, 24 hours a day, and it doesn’t go anywhere.”
Tolbert suffered second- and third-degree burns to his neck, back, and arms during the attack last month. He also required surgery that replaced some of the skin on his back with skin taken from his thigh. Gooden, he said, was only recently released from the hospital.
Police arrested 48-year-old Martin Blackwell in connection with the attack. Blackwell, who is dating Gooden’s mother, is in jail and charged with two counts of aggravated battery.
According to Gooden, the suspect attacked them inside of Gooden’s apartment.
“Martin pulled me up and said, ‘Get out of my house with all that gay,'” Tolbert said. “I couldn’t stop screaming.”
WSB reported that Blackwell was quoted in a police report as saying of the victims, “They’ll be all right. It was just a little hot water on them.” Although Georgia does not have hate crime laws, the suspect could face federal hate crime charges.
“Why else would you pour boiling hot water on somebody?” Tolbert said.
Watch WSB’s report, as aired on Wednesday, below.
Entire MSNBC panel unleashes on Judiciary chair demanding he get Mueller to testify ASAP
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace unleashed on Democrats for refusing to step up and fight back against President Donald Trump.
She was joined by former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Frank Figliuzzi the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI, both of whom demanded to know what Democrats were thinking.
"It's time -- it's past time for [Robert Mueller] to talk about his report," Figliuzzi said, wondering why officials didn't call him to testify as soon as possible. "And as much of that testimony needs to be an open hearing, not behind closed doors."
That's when Wallace dropped the truth bomb that is going to infuriate Democrats.
Federal Reserve chair defiant in face of Trump threats: ‘The law is clear — I have a four-year term’
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sounded a defiant note on Wednesday as he announced that there would be no further cuts to interest rates for the time being.
Even though President Donald Trump has been publicly calling for a rate cut to spur additional economic growth ahead of his reelection campaign, Powell kept interest rates at their current level and signaled that he did not foresee any interest rate cuts for the rest of the year.
Powell was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about being "demoted" by Trump in the wake of this announcement, the Federal Reserve Chairman said he wasn't worried.
Economist mocks GOP for trying to pin racism on Democrats — after telling a harrowing story about anti-black economic envy
Economist Julianne Malveaux explained to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that there was a time in the United States where black Americans were actually closing the wealth gap with white Americans -- until white Americans rioted and burned their property.
During her testimony at a hearing on reparations, Malveaux recounted the horrific story of the destruction of "Black Wall Street," which was a location in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was known for its high concentration of black-owned businesses and black wealth.
The area's prosperity came to an end in 1921 when white Tulsa residents used baseless accusation of a black man sexually assaulting a white woman as a justification to chase out all black residents and set fire to their neighborhoods. Hundreds of black residents were killed in the riots and the majority fled the city.