Police in Salt Lake City, Utah said Monday they have made contact with a man involved in a potential hate crime in which a man was attacked after he was asked if he was gay.
The man’s name was not immediately released, but police stated in a tweet that he was “cooperating fully.”
Many people have reacted with anger on social media after an 8-second video clip from the incident was posted Sunday night.
The video, shot on a downtown Salt Lake City sidewalk, is recorded by the alleged victim. It starts with a man asking him, “Are you gay, though?”
“Oh, I am,” Sal Trejo replies.
“Oh, then you’re gay,” the man re-states.
Just moments after saying that, the man is seen on the video throwing a punch at Trejo. The cellphone shakes as others who witnessed the incident can be heard saying, “Are you (expletive) kidding me?”
Trejo posted a statement on Facebook saying he and his friends were leaving a downtown bar when “an intoxicated man” approached them making “homophobic and misogynistic comments.”
The man’s actions were concerning enough that Trejo took out his cellphone and started recording him. He said the man hit him and shoved a woman in his group.
Trejo said his group immediately called police. That’s when the man “pulled out a knife and pointed it towards us while continuing” to make gay slurs, Trejo said.
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