Gender variant person beaten in Daytona Beach. Chief says it maybe a hate crime as the attackers used slurs when beating Jackson.
“The incident started when Jackson said he broke up a fight between his girlfriends and another group of girls. About 30 minutes later, he said the men jumped him at the Citgo on International Speedway Boulevard.
The beating was caught on video and posted to Facebook. It shows numerous men punching and kicking Jackson near the gas pump in front of the convenience store.”
“In the video from early Sunday morning, Jackson can be seen wearing a black and white dress. He said the reason the men attacked him was because likes to dress like a woman.”
Daytona Beach Detectives went to the State Attorney’s Office with this video and asked for an arrest warrant for Aggravated Assault during a Hate Crime. The attorneys would not give a warrant for the attackers arrest and detectives were told all they had was simple battery at best. Write or call State Attorney R.J. Larizza and ask him and his office to take a 2nd look at this brutal Hate Crime! If nothing is done about the attack of William Jackson – it send the message that Daytona Beach condones attacking gay, bi, transgender and trans-sexual people! That should be great for Tourism! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (386) 239-7710; Fax: (386) 239-7711