In a rash of recent vandalism targeted towards LGBT-based publications in Washington D.C., newspaper boxes containing the gay magazine, Metro Weekly have been filled with garbage and human feces.
Issues have also been removed and trashed in bulk.
More after the jump.
The latest incident took place on Thursday, Sept. 13.
David Uy, webmaster for Metro Weekly's online site and one of its distribution drivers, contacted Sgt. Carlos Mejia of the Metropolitan Police Department's Special Liaison Division. He wrote:
''The severity of the behavior has escalated. The waste material he places in our distribution boxes is filthy, disgusting and repulsive. It smells horrible, attracts flies and rodents, and is difficult to remove. Lately, it includes the dumping of large amounts of human feces, which is certainly a health hazard, as well. The boxes have been removed, washed, sterilized and replaced, only to find the same horrible material in them again and again. It is not only unbelievably unpleasant, but it costs us a lot of money as well to deal with.''
Metro Weekly's co-publisher, Sean Bugg says: ''It's not just an attack on us, it's an attack on an LGBT-owned business. And I think it's an attack on our readers as much as an attack on our business.''
He continued, ''The more I look at this, I believe this is a hate crime toward our readers. I can print as many issues as I want. I can put more issues out if I want, and I will. But it's just unbelievable in this day and age that somebody would be engaging in this kind of nasty, disgusting, reprehensible attack.''
Those with information are being asked to contact the Metro Weekly at 202-638-6830 and the MPD's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit at 202-506-0714.
Image Source (David Uy) (Hat Tip: Huff Po)