Two gay men were reportedly attacked, apparently for walking arm in arm, outside a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Sunday.
The police originally told the victims, one of whom suffered a broken nose, that it would be hard identifying the suspects since so many people were wearing Knicks shirts at the time.
Once word got out about the crime, the NYPD changed its tune and announced on Tuesday that it was looking for the suspected gay-bashers.
I’ve witnessed this kind of behavior before from the police in Washington, DC. They have ample incentive for trying to get you not to file a crime report. First, there’s an incentive to have crime go down, and one of the easiest ways to have crime go down is not to file a report at all. So you’ll have police finding crafty ways of trying to convince victims not to file a reoport.
Another reason police don’t like to file crime reports is that if they catch a suspect, the paperwork, and the time it takes to get them in the system, and process them, is also a pain. If you don’t catch the bad guy, you don’t have to work extra hours processing the bad guy.
And finally, if they’re going to through all that extra work to process arrestees, they’d rather do it for a “real” criminal, a murderer, rather than someone who beats the f out of gays.
In big cities, the system, and its incentives, sadly can work against victims (and against good police officers themselves).
Fortunately, NYPD seems finally interested in working on this crime.