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Shameful. June 14, 2010

Posted by Skippy in Gay and Lesbian Issues.

Two Marines attack a gay man in Savannah. From the Savannah Morning News:

Two Marines were jailed Saturday on misdemeanor battery charges after they beat up a gay man, according to Savannah-Chatham police.

About 3:45 a.m., a metro police officer was patrolling when he saw two men running on Congress Lane. Moments later, the officer received a call about a man at Congress and Bull streets unconscious on the ground.

The officer rushed to the intersection and found 26-year-old Kieran Daly motionless with friends performing first aid, a report stated.

The officer caught up with the two men who were running away, identified as Keil Joseph Cronauer, 22, and Christopher Charles Stanzel, 23. Police records show both men are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C.

Cronauer and Stanzel told police they were being harassed by a gay man and wanted to get away from him. But witnesses painted a different picture, according to the report.

They told police one of the men grew angry because he thought Daly was winking at him and struck Daly in the back of the head with his fist, knocking him unconscious.

Saturday night, from his bed at Memorial University Medical Center, Daly insisted he tried to convince the Marines he was not winking at them.

“The guy thought I was winking at him,” Daly said. “I told him, ‘I was squinting, man. … I’m tired.'”

Daly said one of the men told him he demanded respect because he served in Iraq. And at least one hurled slurs at him as he tried to walk away.

“That’s the last thing I remember is walking away,” Daly said.

Daly said after his friends performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene, he was taken to Memorial University Medical Center and diagnosed with bruises to his brain. He had two seizures immediately after the attack and was expected to remain at Memorial for several days.

Meanwhile, Cronauer and Stanzel were booked into Chatham County jail on battery charges and later released to military police, according to jail and police records.

Daly said he came out six months ago and since has only received a few negative looks and comments. But Saturday’s incident left him wondering whether the misdemeanor charge against his suspected attackers was enough.

“It leaves me wondering why Georgia is one of five states that doesn’t have a hate crime law on the state level,” he said.

Metro police spokeswoman Gena Moore said the incident is being monitored by her department’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender liaison.

Jesse Morgan, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Armstrong State Atlantic University, said the incident was only one example of what gay Savannahians experience every day.

“We can’t even walk on the street and be out and gay on the street,” Morgan said. “Our punishment for that is anyone attacking us just for being who we are. This type of behavior has to stop.”

I don’t know where to begin here. Do I begin with the fact that if it was a woman who had winked at these two insecure wastes of skin, they’d likely have tried to date her? Do I begin with the fact that they beat up a guy who allegedly winked at them? Or do I begin with these wastes of skin only being charged with misdemeanor battery charges?

What kind of insecure jackass do you have to be to beat a guy up for allegedly winking at you? What if every woman who endured one of your lame come ons decided to take a baseball bat to you? I suppose a wink is now “harassment” and, as such, justifies hitting a guy so hard he needed CPR and suffered seizures.

L: Christopher Charles Stanzel, R: Keil Joseph Cronauer

I sincerely hope that these two vile cretins never know another moment’s peace or joy in their wretched lives. I heap every imprecation know to humans upon these putrid pestilences.



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