This article tells about a man who was brutally beaten buy NYPD simply for being gay. They were first called to handle a noise complaint, but once the officers found out the man was gay, they took it too far. There is even a part on the camera where the officer is turning the camera away from what was going on. They beat him so badly that he had to receive stitches, even when he was never resisting arrest.
This outrages me. Positions of power are the worst places in society for people to discriminate. People of power are the ones who make the decisions for everyone, they are supposed to treat everyone equally and make people feel safe. These are the instances that remind me how society feels about homosexuals, even when I’m surrounded by people who accept me. It’s really difficult for society to accept homosexuality when the people in positions of power: police officers, senators, law makers; are so hateful. Gays are still fighting for every day rights, things that people shouldn’t have to fight for. We have seen this occur time and time again with other minority groups, you’d think that society would learn by now. Police officers especially should make you feel safe. This case worries me. I worry that maybe if I get pulled over and they can tell that I’m gay then I will definitely get a ticket. Maybe I won’t be helped as much as a straight person if a cop can see that I’m gay. People in these positions shouldn’t hold hateful views, or if they do maybe they should keep it to themselves; it shouldn’t affect their actions.
This man was violated and severely mistreated just because he was gay. He wasn’t harming anyone, he wasn’t causing a problem or resisting arrest. He is a human being, and no one deserves to be assaulted because of who they are. I am hopeful that one day society will accept us and maybe I won’t have to worry about walking the streets at night or being victimized for not fitting in in the bathroom, but unfortunately I don’t think this day will come in my lifetime.