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Title Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date December 12, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER 12, 2003 NY (lancer attacked in Montrose Police not yet classifying attack a hate crime By JOSEF MOLNAR Allan Koren Tibbetts saw an opportunity to offer a helping hand when a young man got out of his car near the corner of Avondale and Whitney in Montrose, looked quizzically at street signs, then asked for directions. Tibbetts was visiting Houston from New York over the Thanksgiving weekend to perform at a DiverseWorks World AIDS Day event the following week, and he knew what it was like to be unfamiliar with the area. He pointed the way to the street the man asked about before turning and walking away What happened next, Tibbetts said, he will never forget. Thirty seconds later, the first blow from a pipe split the skin along the right side of his head. "I had absolutely no idea what it was," Tibbetts said. "I wasn't expecting to be attacked by someone I had just had a pleasant conversation with." He called for help and tried to run, but the man kept hitting him before wrestling him to the ground between two cars. The assailant continued to beat Tibbetts before demanding his money. In all, Tibbetts sustained at least seven blows to his head and back. With the money in hand, the man jumped into the passenger seat of the car and it sped away. At the hospital, Tibbetts received 37 stitches on his head, and it was there that he said a technician told him his was the sixth assault the hospital had seen that weekend. Silvia Trevino, a public information officer with the Houston Police Department, said HPD has only received an assault report from Tibbetts and is waiting to finish its investigation before determining whether Tibbetts was the victim of a hate crime. "They're definitely going to look into whether it's a hate crime or not," she said, "but at this time there is no reason to label it as a hate crime. We don't want to start second-guessing this situation." Trevinio said the pattern of the attack will help determine how it will be labeled. Tibbetts has said his attacker did not use homophobic remarks at any time during or after the attack, meaning HPD will likely classify it as an assault and robbery Tibbetts, for one, isn't convinced that his attack is simply a case of robbery and assault. He points out that the attacker concealed his weapon. Also Tibbetts was wearing a baseball with a Human Rights Campaign logo. "If you want to mug someone, you do it with your weapon shown, and maybe you hit them once to show you mean business," Tibbetts said. "It really felt like the mugging was an afterthought. If you want to take someone's money you don't keep hitting them." HPD follows the lead of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which broadly defines a hate crime as "a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against an individual's or a group's race, religion, ethnic/national origin." The assault on Tibbetts is the only case reported to police thus far, but reports drifting through the Montrose community speak of several attacks. The reports have prompted the Q Patrol, an organization that relies on volunteers to patrol the Montrose area, to add reinforcements. "We want to get the awareness up to prevent people from being attacked, help them when they're being attacked, and raise awareness about reporting to let other know so hopefully there's not going to be another person," said Chris Arasin, Q Patrol chairman. Ray Hill, a gay activist, said the disparity between the number of people now claiming they've been assaulted and only one report is disturbing. He said hospital assault cases are investigated immediately by a police officer, even if the victim doesn't file an official report. "The hospital and police reports can't verify that many people in the community who have been attacked," Hill said. "If these people are assaulted and didn't get medical aid, what's that about?" District D City Councilwoman Ada Edwards has expressed concern about the assault reports, as has newly elected At-large, Position 4 City Councilman Ron Green. Street lights are few on the streets of Montrose where assaults on gay men have been reported. Thirty seven stitches were required to close wounds Allan Tibbetts sustained when he was assaulted with a metal pipe on a darkened Montrose street over the Thanksgiving weekend. (Montrose photo by Dalton Dehart) Because many gay men are not open about their sexual orientation, they may be unwilling to report being a victim of a hate crime. For that reason, Councilwoman Edwards has said her office will receive reports from anyone reluctant to file an official police complaint. While Tibbetts was willing to file a police report and speak with the media, he acknowledges that many victims would prefer to avoid the publicity. Trevino agreed, and said that unlike sexual assault files, which are largely confidential, the law requires files associated with these kinds of crimes to be classified as public information. "Complainant information is public information," she said. "Maybe that's why they don't report crimes like this." Trevino encouraged anyone who has noticed anything or who may have been a victim of a similar crime in the to call HPD. She added that associates can also report the crime; but not knowing the first-hand details keeps the department from doing little more for that victim than filing a report. Still, she said an incomplete report is better than no report. •f) MORE INFO Houston Police Department 713-222-3131 HPD Online General Safety Presentation www.ci.hoiiston.tx.us/6cpactme/police/ cp_5/sld001.htm City Councilwoman Ada Edwards 713-247-1247 inside ISSUE 1207 LOCAL NEWS 3 NATIONAL NEWS 4 FORUM 10 OUT ON THE BAYOU 15 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 20 APPOINTMENTS 21 CLASSIFIEDS 22 HOROSCOPES 25 NO REGRETS: Officials at a Louisiana school that disciplined a 7-year-old student for saying that his mom is a lesbian claim the boy is owed no apology. Page 5 HOLIDAY STYLE Photos chronicle a week's worth of holiday events in Houston. Page 7 CONJOINED WITH ASHCROFT: What would Cher do to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft if she were his conjoined twin? Page 18 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Houston Voice, 500 Lovett Blvd., Suite 200, Houston, TX 77006. Houston Voice is published weekly, on Friday, by Window Media LLC. Subscriptions are $92/year for 52 issues (only $1.77 per issue).
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