BROOKLYN - Three openly gay men demanded justice in front of NYPD headquarters today for what they describe as a bias-motivated attack in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Ben Collins, Antonio Maenza and Josh Williams say they were attacked by a group of officers while walking past the 79th Precinct. They say that an officer used an anti-gay slur toward them and falsely accused Williams of public urination.
Williams says he was physically assaulted and pepper-sprayed while in handcuffs. All three men were arrested.
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Police say an officer saw a man urinating on a dumpster in the parking lot near the precinct gasoline pumps. The same police officer approached the individual who he described as "uncooperative." Authorities say force was used when Williams resisted arrest. Maenza and Collins are said to have interfered with the arrest and were cited for obstructing governmental administration.
The New York City Anti-Violence Project is calling for the charges against Williams to be dropped, and for the NYPD to hold the officers involved accountable.