Homophobic Attack In Salt Lake City Captured On Video

A victim of a homophobic attack recorded his own assault in an 8-second video that’s gone viral.

The incident occurred in Salt Lake City, Utah, this weekend around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The video, shared by Sal Trejo on his Twitter account, begins with an unidentified man asking Trejo if he was gay.

"Are you gay, though?" the man asks on the video.

Trejo responded, “Oh, yes, I am.”

"Oh, then you're gay," the man replied.

According to Trejo, he started to reply, "Yeah, but you called me a [faggot]," but gets sucker punched before he could finish the sentence.

Watch the video below. Warning: video includes violence and graphic language.

 

Trejo also posted a written statement which read:

My friends and I were assaulted by an intoxicated man last night as we left a bar in downtown SLC. It started with him approaching us out of the blue and making homophobic and misogynistic comments towards our group. We started recording him and asked him to leave, he wouldn’t, and then went on to hit me and shove one of our girlfriends. At this point we became verbally aggressive to protect ourselves. We called the police immediately. He then pulled out a knife and pointed it towards us while continuing to call us faggots. He eventually ran off, got into his car (in his intoxicated state) and drove on the light rail tracks until he sped off away from Main Street. This man is dangerous and needs to be held accountable for his actions. He drives what looked like a 2007 BMX X5. If you know who he is, please let me know so we may alert the police.

 

Trejo notes in his Twitter feed that Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski had contacted him on Sunday about the attack. Biskupski is the city’s first openly LGBT mayor.

State Sen. Derek Kitchen, Utah’s only openly gay legislator, also shared the video on Twitter and wrote, “It’s time for the UT Legislature to act on hate crimes legislation.”

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, state lawmakers have dragged their feet on enacting tougher hate crime laws.

Salt Lake City Police shared the video along with the request that anyone with pertinent information call 801-799-3000 and reference case 19-28822.

(h/t Salt Lake Tribune)

2 thoughts on “Homophobic Attack In Salt Lake City Captured On Video”

  1. Thats not cool. Dont matter

    Thats not cool. Dont matter what was said or happen, that idiot who puched the victum broke many laws. He should be made an example out of him. Through the book at his dumb ass.

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