Shara Murphy, Executive Director of The Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center released a statement today about the recent violence and discrimination which seems to be increasing in Sacramento and its outlying area. “The incident at Roseville Galleria had a positive outcome, but unfortunately rare and isolated acts of violence have visited Davis and now Sacramento.” The incident in Roseville occurred when a gay couple, who were asked to leave the Westfield Galleria Mall for kissing. An immediate cry for justice from the LGBT community was followed promptly by public apologies and a large rally, in the heart of the mall. The rally was dubbed Love Is Love and demonstrators kissed for equality and acceptance.
According to the statement The Center has been in contact with the Sacramento Police Department since the morning of March 18, 2013. They were informed that the Felony Assault Unit is investigating the events of Sunday March 10th and the potentially bias-related beating that occurred.
Lawrence Partida, 32, was severely beaten early March 10 near the corner of 3rd and I streets in Davis as he walked home from a party, according to the Davis police. Yolo County prosecutors filed hate crime charges on Wednesday. Clayton Garzon, 19, of Davis faces three felony counts including, battery with great bodily injury, bodily injury and threats to cause death or bodily injury.
The communities of Sacramento and Davis are in an uproar. One Facebook post on the victims profile threatened the attacker. "I hope for the assailant's sake that his family keeps him at home until the court date, he has hurt more than just Mikey, he has attacked our community."
Garzon will have to face an April 12 arraignment in Yolo Superior Court. Jonathan Raven, Yolo County chief deputy district attorney, stated Garzon was held at Yolo County Jail after the attack, but has been released on bail. It is horrifying that someone so distressed is on the streets.
Prosecutors added hate crime enhancements for anti-gay slurs Garzon is accused of hurling before and after the attack. The Sac and Davis LGBT communities are revving the engines of equality. There is blood on the streets and it came from one of the Sac/Davis LGBT family.
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