• Man says he was beaten with bat for being gay

    By: Rachel Stockman


    SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Fulton County police are investigating what they call a hate crime against a man who was beat up with a baseball bat for allegedly being gay.
    Adrian Wilson, who received 13 stitches in his head, said it all started when a man asked him for help changing his tire outside his south Fulton County apartment on Cascade Road. 
    Wilson says the man, who had his pants sagging, hunched over the car, asked him how much he wanted for the help.
    “I said you already gave me a free peep show, so I’ll go ahead and do it for free,” Wilson said.
    Wilson says the suspect, who police identified as Denzale Johnson, didn’t take well to that comment.
    “He asked me then if I’m straight, and I said, ‘No, I’m gay,’” said Wilson. “He went off telling me, he wasn’t gay he was straight, he hated gay people.”
    Wilson says when turned around to leave the suspect started hitting him over the head with a baseball bat.
    “He said he hates gay people. I’m gay, he hit me with a bat so apparently he hated something about me,’ said Wilson.
    Fulton County police say they believe the victim’s sexual orientation was a motivating factor in the crime.
    Johnson is wanted on aggravated assault charges.
    Jeff Graham with Georgia Equality explained why he can’t face additional charges for the potential hate crime.
    “Unfortunately, Georgia is one of only five states around the country that has no hate crime legislation whatsoever,” Graham said.
    “They need to change that. This guy, I don’t think he belongs in society,” Wilson said.

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