Capitol Hill’s Gender Justice League is looking to learn more about a beating that took place in Pike/Pine Sunday night.
According to East Precinct and Seattle Fire radio dispatches, officers responded to a disturbance reported Sunday night on 10th Ave near Pike around 9:20 PM in which the victim suffered a bloody nose that required medical treatment.
But the League’s Danni Askini has posted details to Facebook from witnesses to the altercation that describe a much more violent incident involving “a very serious hate crime against a trans woman in Capitol Hill.”
The Stranger’s Ansel Herz is reporting an account of an incident near Cal Anderson in which a crowd formed and watched the victim suffer a vicious beating:
Vincent Renart, a waiter who lives and works on the Hill, said he was walking home from Central Co-op at about 9 p.m. when he came upon a crowd of roughly 20 people near the southwest corner of Cal Anderson Park. The crowd had formed around two people who at first seemed to be “play fighting,” he said. “After he hit her a couple of times in the face, I was, like, no, this is real,” Renart told me today.
SPD has not posted an official report on the incident but did provide a statement on the investigation:
Two officers on-viewed a disturbance around 9:20 PM Sunday while working a foot patrol on Capitol Hill. The two individuals involved in the disturbance told police they had been “sparring” and “play-fighting,” which escalated into an altercation. Both had sustained minor injuries, but did not require transport for medical treatment. Officers documented the incident and provided a warning about fighting in public before releasing the pair from the scene.
According to radio dispatches, police were first flagged down near 10th and Pike around 9:20 PM to a report of a disturbance in the area. Shortly after, a witness also called 911 to report the incident. SPD officers reported that the situation was under control and that they were in contact with people at the scene including one person near the Cal Anderson bathrooms. Police then called in Seattle Fire to respond to a 45-year-old victim who was bleeding from the nose. We’ve asked Seattle Fire for more details on the response.
Askini continues to look for more information on the incident:
Gender Justice League is looking to identify and offer assistance to the victim of this attack. This report comes at a time of heightened awareness in Capitol Hill’s LGBT Community of a large increase in hate violence targeted at LGBT people. Gender Justice League is actively participating in the Mayor’s LGBT Hate Crimes Task Force and hosted a Hate Crimes Town Hall in March with Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s office.
We believe a united and strong response is needed to send a clear message that bias motivated violence, harassment, and discrimination has no place on Capitol Hill. If you know the victim of this attack, please reach out to Danni Askini, Executive Director of Gender Justice League firstname.lastname@example.org.