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Teen charged in attack on gay man at Detroit LGBT pride event

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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DETROIT — A 16-year-old teen has been charged with assault, two weeks after a young gay man was attacked during a gay pride celebration in Detroit.

The boy, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, appeared Saturday in Wayne County Juvenile Court. He’s being held on a $20,000 bond and will be required to wear an electronic ankle tether if released.

Police say the teen was part of a group of males who punched and kicked 20-year-old Christin Howard on June 8. Assistant prosecutor Jeff Plymale says the teen was “taking away someone’s dignity.”

Defense attorney Jeff Schwartz says the boy made a bad decision to be among adults when Howard was injured.

In a separate case, the teen was also charged with car jacking and another assault.

Howard suffered a broken finger and bruises on his face and back in the attack which was captured on video by bystanders.

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