|Suspected gay basher in Salt Lake City assault (screen capture)|
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.
My friends and I were assaulted by this homophobic man in downtown Salt Lake City last night. Anyone know him? The police are interested in having a chat with him. #SaltLakeCity @slcpd @slcmayor @EqualityUtah pic.twitter.com/1tPFSCADOp
— Salonge Knowles (@saltrejo) February 17, 2019
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.
We are asking anyone with information on this case to call 801-799-3000 and reference case 19-28822 https://t.co/vWfG7Arr3v
— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) February 18, 2019