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Equality California finds a noose tied to their front door

Friday, October 29, 2010

When volunteers of Equality California arrived at their office Thursday evening, they found a noose tied to their front door. They immediately called the police, but instead of help, were told “sometimes you just have to live with being a victim.” WTF?


My understanding is that threats made against LGBT people are a crime in California. And in the wake of so many high-profile suicides, hopefully the officer who refused to even come out is going to be receiving some reprimands.

Here’s the summary of the phone call between EQCA and the officer, via OC Weekly:

“There was nothing they could do, of course, there was no suspect and no crime had been committed. The officer said ‘what it is, is a string on a door.’ My vision got blurry, I was embarrased and felt stupid for making the call. I took a deep breath and said ‘Do you see any correlation between the fact that this is a gay office and there was a noose left on our door in the wake of all of these teen suicides?’ The officer said, ‘Sometimes you just have to live with being a victim,’ and proceeded to mention that his car had been broken into before.”

That didn’t exactly sit well with [EQCA volunteer Misty] Distel.

“As if that’s the same. As if having your stereo stolen is anything like the message ‘You should kill yourself.’ As if random theft is anything like an act meant to convey hate and stir up fear in the heart of a minority group.”

Additional details are on Distel’s Facebook page.

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5 more reader comments:

  1. He is definitely a homophobic PIG

    Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 12:43pm
  2. AND OC WEEKLY IS A RACIST MUTHAFUCKIN' PAPER. I'm so pissed right now. Fuck all of Orange County.

    Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 1:55pm
  3. Be angry, but direct your anger somewhere where it will do some good. I found out about this on Facebook. There are lots and lots of angy responses, including mine. There are enough angry people to make a difference. Send lots of letters to the newspaper, the TV stations, ot anywhere that can point a spotlight on the police department. If enough people demand something be done, it will be hard to ignore us.

    Replied on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:59pm
  4. I want to know what city this took place in. I want the e-mail address of the newspaper that covers that area. I want all of us who are angry and outraged to make some noise where it counts!

    Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 4:54pm
  5. Governor's Office:
    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: 916-445-2841
    Fax: 916-558-3160 ( new number )

    Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 7:04pm