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Attack in D.C. Investigated as Anti-Gay Hate Crime

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — D.C. police say they’re investigating an attack on two men as a possible hate crime.

The men were assaulted Sunday evening in the Shaw neighborhood of Northwest Washington. Police say a group of young men followed them, and the victims were called a derogatory term for gay men. Police say the victims were punched. The men posted an account of the attack on a neighborhood blog.

One of the victims wrote about the attack on the Prince of Petworth website.

“He rode his bike at full speed into us,” the alleged victim writes. “Then, he got off his bike, and hit my friend from behind. I tried to deescalate things by saying everything is ok, and we should all stay calm. The young male then walked towards me and hit me in the left jaw.”

Police have assigned their Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to investigate the case.

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