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Four men charged in hate crime attack on two men they thought were gay

Monday, July 22, 2013

NEW YORK — Police in Long Island have arrested four men accused of an anti-gay attack over the weekend in which they severely beat two men while using homophobic slurs.

Suffolk county police have charged Gregory Gilbert, 20, of Oceanside, Shawn Buckley, 18, of Oceanside, and Nicholas Battaglia, 18, of Oceanside, with two counts of assault in the third degree as a hate crime and gang assault in the second degree.

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Clockwise from top left: Gregory Gilbert, Shane Buckley, Justin Buckley and Nicholas Battaglia are charged with attacking two men while using anti-gay slurs in Suffolk County.

In addition, Justin Buckley, 17, of Oceanside, was charged with two counts of a assault in the third degree as a hate crime.

In the incident early Sunday morning in Babylon, N.Y., police say the four suspects stopped to ask the as yet unidentified victims for directions to the train station, reported WCBS-TV.

They then allegedly began punching, kicking and shoving the victims while uttering slurs.

One of the victims was reported in serious condition with unspecified injuries, while the other was treated and released.

Dr. David Kilmnick, CEO of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, called the attack “disturbing and frightening.”

“Many people think that just because we are winning the right to marry in many states, that the world has changed and everything is now okay for gay people. This incident reminds us that we need to be vigilant in combating hate and homophobia,” he said, in a statement.

The suspects were due for arraignment on Monday.

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  1. pigs

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  2. Hang em!

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:28pm
  3. … Sicko´s!?! Have-FUN-in JAIL!?!

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:30pm
  4. Disgusting. Let the public shaming begin. If my son were to ever even utter a homophobic slur, I´d get him in some kind of therapy to overcome such feelings of intolerance and misaimed hatred and bigotry. People like that obviously have some deep-seated emotional problems causing them to lash out. Sometimes, it´s even a fear and self-hatred stemming from their own homosexual urges. Luckily, my not-quite-10-years-old-yet son is more mature and open-minded than these douchebags, and he doesn´t and wouldn´t USE hate speech. I can´t even get INTO the fact that these “men” (and I use that term loosely) actually lashed out in a PHYSICALLY VIOLENT way, toward two complete strangers, based on their first-impression ASSUMPTION that their two victims MIGHT POSSIBLY be gay. There is just not enough WTF to cover that aspect of this heinous, hideous, and completely outrageous crime. THROW THEM IN JAIL TO ROT… I HOPE THEY LIKE SHOWERING WITH OTHER MEN. >.>

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:31pm
  5. They hate gay people? Have fun showering with a bunch of men. Also, have fun with your new cell-mate named bubba. I hope he makes you his little bitch.

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:34pm
  6. Clearly, these four young men felt threatened by two men who seemed suspicious. Try them in Florida.

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:36pm
  7. I hope they get shanked in prison

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:37pm
  8. THEY hate gay people? as a gay man , they all look gay as hell , get into those crafted eyebrows !!!

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:40pm
  9. I find it ironic that those who end up in prison due to homophobic attacks enter an all male environment ….. socializing, eating, sleeping and showering with other men. Really now, was all that hate really worth it?

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:40pm
  10. They look stoned like they´re on something. I hope they get life behind bars and then they´ll find out what a beating feels like.

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:51pm
  11. Well, they will probably end up as somewhats A$$ in jail. jajaja

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:52pm
  12. Yet u don´t see the religious fanatics protesting so much anger and hatred toward another human. Again it´s supposedly gods place to judge not meager humans.

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:54pm
  13. Prison is such a great place for homophobic people, now they can face their fears.

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:57pm
  14. those 4 of the stupidest jerk ive seen today

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:10pm
  15. Guess thayre gay then. Most homophobics are just afraid of their own thought

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:20pm
  16. now, put them all in jail with the general population, mmmmm fresh meat

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:37pm
  17. agreed

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:55pm
  18. They don´t look gay themselves, they look like transsexuals please

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:59pm
  19. Put them in jail forever, they wil get what they deserve in jail big time

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:01pm
  20. may they rot in hell

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:01pm
  21. hard time!!!! all 4 of them!

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:14pm
  22. Life in prison for all four.

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:23pm
  23. So sad

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:30pm
  24. I will never understand why people feel so threatened by gays….. paranoia personified.

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:42pm
  25. The 3RD attack!!! This needs to end!

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:47pm
  26. They THOUGHT where gay? They aren´t even checking now? What are we in the 1800´s?

    Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:06pm
  27. Jail for all of them.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:08am
  28. You think 3 years and you would grow up? No you kept that hate all this time and look where it fucking got you.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:28am
  29. So they only “thought” but weren´t sure? Is this bigotry and hate gone wild? What kind of upbringing rears these four?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:36am
  30. Good! Now if the police would just do to them what they did to the two men…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:21am
  31. ugh – pisses me off – such ignorance and anger…these four need to figure out their own sexuality before harming innocent people…my prayers are with the victim still being hospitalized and his loved ones…c´mon people, COEXIST…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:25am
  32. Such hate usually stems from guilty, self-hating closet cases who do not know how to deal with their own identity issues..

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:27am
  33. Pray for the victims

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:27am
  34. This is a tough one for the parents. The boys oldest brother, who joined the marines to set a good example for them, was killed in Afghanistan by a 15 yo boy. Our towns heart was broken, t was very very sad, Then hurricane Sandy did substantial damage to their house, now this. But I do have to ask what was a 17 yo (even an 18yo) doing out at 4am 20 miles from home?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:27am
  35. Glad they caught these assholes.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:28am
  36. Sickos!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:30am
  37. Fry There Asses

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:42am
  38. lock them up long time

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 4:14am
  39. harsh..so sad

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 5:41am
  40. I hope Gregory Gilbert, Shane Buckley, Justin Buckley and Nicholas Battaglia rot, just fucking rot wherever they sit.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:00am
  41. man, people really need to get their own lives! leave us alone

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:06am
  42. This is sick! Straight allies need to be just as outraged! No one should ever have to walk in fear because they chose to love! Love is pure no matter what sex! Love will conquer homophobia in the end but at what price are innocent people going to have to pay to get there?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:46am
  43. These four men need to be put away in prison ….

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 2:03pm
  44. What´s worse about this is the 2 buckley brother´s older brother was KIA a few days before coming back from Afghanastan. The brothers father said in an interview with Newsday that “his sons are good boys and they´re not homophobics.” Are you kidding me !!!! WTF is that father smoking, cuz what ever it is he needs to stop smoking it because it´s diluting his sense of reality. Also, what f´ing parent let´s their 17-20 year old sons walk a long 231 at 3 am? I´m outraged that these 4 are only being charged with 3rd degree hate crime assault and were released on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. These 4 are prolly going to get a slap on the wrist and sent home with their irresponsible parents who will let them get away with murder. One of the victims assaulted isn´t even gay, this was racially bias, despite one of the attorneys for the buckley brothers said that this wasn´t racially bias. What´s ironic is one of the victims attacked wasn´t even gay. I swear this shit needs to stop and parents need to be held accountable for their kids actions. This was bullying and gay bashing at it´s worst !!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 2:45pm
  45. I hope they all get jail for a long time. Then they´ll really see what gay really is all about. they´re gona be some big hairy guys sweet little ass. LMAO

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 2:46pm
  46. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:43pm
  47. when will the haters learn , you can´t beat the gay out of us?! I hope the judge throws the book at them & makes them pay their victims medical bills.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:34pm
  48. If they were responsible for their victims medical bills I think you´d see a decline in crime . . . Why jail ´em? Make them pay hate tax.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7:45pm
  49. The problem is they haven´t fucked with the wrong LGBT person yet. Let a mofo try it with me and after I kick their ass, a note will state “How does it feel to have your ass kicked by a homo?” I have no tolerence for assholes like this.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8:20pm