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Portland Man Claims He Was Beaten For Being Gay

Friday, December 12, 2014

 

A Portland man claims he was attacked and beaten by coworkers for being gay.

The rates of reported hate crimes may be declining nationally, according to the most recent FBI statistics; but crimes motivated by prejudice still occur, even in Portland.

More: The 10 Oregon Cities wiht the Most Hate Crimes in 2013

A professional waiter at a downtown restaurant, Lee Haywood, 44, claims he was physically attacked on the evening of Friday Dec. 5, in downtown Portland by two of his coworkers. Haywood suffered a sprained ankle, soft-tissue injuries to both of his legs and bruises. Although he suffered no broken bones, Haywood claimed he'd been unable to walk since the attack allegedly took place.

"It was full-on pack mentality,” Haywood said. “They were out for blood."

Portland police had an open investigation into the incident as a bias-based crime, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson. No other details from police were available.

The two men allegedly jumped Haywood as he was walking to his car after work, knocking him to the ground and continuing to kick him in the head, chest and legs and kidneys, Haywood claimed.

The attackers, whom Haywood claimed to recognize as his coworkers, allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs as they fled the scene on foot.

Haywood said he had never been attacked for his sexual orientation before. 

Although he said he enjoys his job at Swank & Swine and typically gets along well with his peers, Haywood said the issue may have began brewing several months ago when a member of the kitchen staff began calling him “maricón-” a Spanish pejorative term for a gay man.

While at work Dec. 5, Haywood said he verbally confronted his coworker in the kitchen and demanded that he stop harassing him. 

"I'm 44 years old - I've been called a 'faggot' my whole life; it's not something I want to create some drama around," Haywood said.

It was the first time, however, that verbal abuse had escalated into violence. The attack allegedly took place later that evening. Haywood said the incident shocked him.

"It was just so violent," Haywood said.

The coworker whom Haywood confronted, and later accused of attacking him, denied any involvement in the attack, but did say that he had "heard something happened," that night.

Haywood said he could be out from work for up to four to six weeks while he recovers from his injuries, according to his doctor. 

No charges have been filed in the case.

 

Related Slideshow: Top 10 Oregon Cities for Hate Crimes

Every year, the FBI releases hate crime statistics from around the state. Check out what the worst towns for hate crimes were in 2013. 

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#10

Bend

Total Hate Crimes: 3

Types of Hate Crimes: 2 against religion, 1 against ethnicity

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.038

Photo: Farewell Bend Park, via Wikimedia Commons

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#9

Newberg-Dundee

Total Hate Crimes: 1

Type of Hate Crime: 1 against ethnicity

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.039

Photo: Newberg Public Library, Stuart Seeger on Flickr

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#8

Ashland

Total Hate Crimes: 1

Type of Hate Crime: 1 against race

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.049

Photo Credit: The Plaza in Ashland, via Wikimedia Commons

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#7

Springfield

Total Hate Crimes: 3

Types of Hate Crimes: 2 against race, 1 against ethnicity 

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.050

Photo: Gateway Mall in Springfield

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#6

Salem

Total Hate Crimes: 14

Types of Hate Crimes: 7 against race, 1 against religion, 4 against sexual orientation, 2 against ethnicity

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.088

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#5

Eugene

Total Hate Crimes: 15

Types of Hate Crimes: 6 against race, 4 against religion, 3 against sexual orientation, 2 against ethnicity

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.095

Photo: University of Oregon in Eugene

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#4

Newport

Total Hate Crimes: 1

Type of Hate Crime: 1 against sexual orientation

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.10

Photo: Harbor in Yaquina Bay, Newport, via Wikimedia Commons

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#3

Sutherlin

Total Hate Crimes: 1

Type of Hate Crime: 1 against race

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.129

Photo: Brett Spangler on Flickr

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#2

Tigard

Total Hate Crimes: 9

Types of Hate Crimes: 8 against race, 1 against ethnicity

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 0.179

Photo: Loren Kerns on Flickr

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#1

Toledo

Total Hate Crimes: 4

Types of Hate Crimes: 2 against race, 1 against sexual orientation, 1 against disability

Hate Crimes Per 1,000 People: 1.156

Photo: Toledo city hall, via Wikimedia Commons 

 
 

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