Trigger warning* Violent images and descriptions.
There have been four recent attacks in the DC metro area, an assault on a drag performer, two shootings one involving a trans woman one resulting in the death of a lesbian and a stabbing of a trans woman. None of these crimes are being investigated as hate crimes by the police.
One attack, the beating of a drag queen by two woman was filmed by an antagonist and posted on line. In the beginning of the attack it is clear the drag queen, Miles Denaro, was acting defensively and would have avoided the altercation if not further provoked. Incredibly the police are not pursuing this as a hate crime, rather they are making the victim out to be the aggressor!
The Washington Blade reports that one of two women shown in a video posted online punching and kicking a gay male drag performer while pulling him by his hair inside a D.C. carryout restaurant has filed a police report accusing the man of biting her leg and telling her “now you have AIDS.”
The report given by the woman, which D.C. police made public Tuesday afternoon, was the latest development stemming from an incident early Sunday morning, June 23, at Manny & Olga’s pizzeria on 14th Street, N.W., in which Miles Denaro, 24, says he was attacked by two women who called him a “tranny” and “faggot.”
The police report taken from the woman, who is identified as Rachel Manna Sahle, 22, of Gaithersburg, Md., classifies her biting allegation against Denaro as a felony aggravated assault that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail.