On Sunday afternoon, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were attacked by four men as they left Miami Beach Pride, reports Brandon Lopez for NBC 6 South Florida. Police are still looking for the four assailants, who ran off after the attack.
Said Logunov, “we probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people.” The couple was standing near a bathroom when the four men assaulted them. They attempted to run away, but were chased by the assailants, who continued to attack them.
A bystander identified as Helmut Muller Estrada attempted to intervene, but he was knocked to the ground. He was later taken to the hospital and given four stitches for a cut on the back of his head.
The couple says police officers who first arrived on the scene didn’t take the attack seriously, refusing to chase after the still in-view attackers and telling the victims to “stop the drama” and go home.
The next day, Chalarca and Logunov went to the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach and were put in touch with LGBTQ-friendly police officers, who they say were more helpful. Logunov added that they had met with the detective in charge of their case, “and he was nice and professional as well. Today’s experience with the police was much better.”
“This is a weekend on Miami Beach where we celebrate equality,” said Miami Beach Police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez. “Something like this is completely uncalled for and unnecessary and we really need to hold these people responsible, accountable.”
Read the NBC 6 article here.
Additional information provided by LGBTQ Nation.