Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Liverpool homophobic attack: Gay police officer victim named as James Parkes | ECHO

This comes just days before Liverpool's gay Pride festival, Homotopia, is to open on the very same Stanley Street:
"A GAY man is fighting for his life today following a vicious gang beating in Liverpool city centre.

The 22-year–old, who the ECHO understands is a trainee constable with Merseyside police and has been named as James Parkes, was attacked by up to 13 people at 10pm last night when out with three friends on Stanley Street.

He is currently in hospital with multiple skull fractures, a fractured eye socket and a fractured cheek bone.

Three youths, two aged 15 and another aged 14, from Kirkdale have been arrested in connection with the incident."

According to the article, Witnesses should call St Anne’s Street CID on 0151 777 4064 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Surely a lot of attention will be given to a homophobic hate crime against a cop in a city trying hard to shed itself of its violent, scary image, AND attract a larger gay community. I wonder, however, why James was targeted. Did they know he was a cop? Was he targeted for stepping over the line too far? If so, this is despicable.

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