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NYPD probes hate crime on F train in Jackson Hts.

NYPD probes hate crime on F train in Jackson Hts.
By Chris Engelhardt

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was searching for two suspects seen in a video of an anti-gay harassment incident that unfolded on a train in Jackson Heights last week, police said.

A video posted on YouTube shows two men screaming at a group of LGBT youths heading home on a Queens-bound F Train June 30 around 11:45 p.m. after New York City’s Gay Pride march, according to the NYPD.

In the video titled “LGBT Hate Crime New York Subway,” posted two days later to a YouTube account named “Stopp Hating,” the woman who took the video — who did not give her name — wrote in its description that the argument started when the two men were loudly making homophobic comments, including, “Today was a scary day for me. There were f–s everywhere.”

One of the men later got into a heated dispute with a woman who identified herself as queer, while the second man placed his hand on the neck of the young woman, the video shows. The man in the verbal argument later shouted, “I’ll f—ing kill you!”

The New York City Anti-Violence Project, which empowers LGBT, queer and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing, education and advocacy, released a statement on the incident, calling it “deeply disturbing” to watch.

The videographer wrote that she suffered bruises and scratches during the incident. In the video, one of the men seemed to grab her to take away her phone.

The woman said in the description that the men fled the train at Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights and she called 911 while following them to the station exit.

The video has logged more than 1 million views.

A DCPI spokesman said the Hate Crimes Task Force was conducting an investigation. He declined to comment when asked if anyone had been questioned in connection with the incident.

Reach reporter Chris Engelhardt by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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