VIDEO: Anti-Violence Project decries alleged ‘anti-LGBTQ’ police incident

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project alleges that several NYPD officers were involved in “anti-LGBTQ” violence against three openly gay men in Bedford-Stuyvesant last weekend.

“The survivors reported that they were walking past the 79th Precinct when an NYPD officer accused one of the men of public urination and attacked him, throwing him against a police car,” AVP said in a statement. “The officer was joined by other officers who also attacked the man, throwing him to the ground and pepper spraying him while he was in handcuffs.”

One of the men, Ben Collins, told the Village Voice that the officers used gay slurs while arresting his roommate, Josh Williams.

A video of the incident appears to show police officers shoving one of the men. The AVP plans to hold a press conference on Tuesday to discuss what they call the ”bias-motivated assault.”

Watch the video of the incident below. Warning: Explicit language.

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