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Bangor man arrested after calling San Francisco visitors gay slur

Kevin Schmersal

A Bangor, Maine resident was arrested for disorderly conduct on Tuesday evening after he repeatedly called a man from San Francisco a gay slur, resulting in a fight at a Longhorn Steakhouse.


Bangor Police say 58-year-old Kevin Schmersal and his wife talked to a group of people sitting at the bar at the restaurant in Bangor Tuesday night and asked them where they were from.

When one of them said “San Francisco,” police say Schmersal then made a derogatory remark about gay people, which lead to a fight, and when officers showed up, police say he charged at one of them and hollered even more gay slurs and obscenities.

“He thought it was his right to say whatever he wanted,” said Sgt. Paul Edwards, saying he was barred from releasing exactly what Schmersal called the visiting man.

If convicted of the disorderly conduct charge, Schmersal could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

“The case is being forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for review in order to see if any hate crime laws have been violated,” Edwards said.

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