Friday, June 5, 2009
Christopher Allen Assaults Two Homosexuals In Ogden, Yells Anti-Gay Slurs, May Also Be Charged With A Hate Crime
An Ogden man who faces assault and criminal trespass charges for beating up two people may also face hate crime charges because he allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports that 30-year-old Christopher Vonnegut Allen was arrested and booked into Weber County Jail on two counts of assault, both class B misdemeanors, and one count of criminal trespassing. He has since been released on bail.
Allen's first victim was 24-year-old Wil Phillips, subsequently identified as gay by his mother, who stated that he was inside an unidentified friend's apartment while his friend was outside smoking. He then he heard his friend and Allen, who also lives in the complex, talking. When Phillips opened the door, the two men fell into the apartment in what at first appeared to be a playful scuffle. But when Phillip's friend went into the bathroom, Allen immediately attacked Phillips, sitting on top of him, slapping, kicking and stomping him while saying "I'm not fucking gay". While Phillips was a bit roughed up with a few bruises and a bloody face, he required no professional medical attention. This accounts for the first assault charge as well as the trespassing charge.
Allen's second victim was 20-year-old Whitney Goich, who disclosed that she is a lesbian. Goich claims that she was walking into an apartment complex at 3455 Harrison Blvd around 2:30 A.M. on June 2nd when she was accosted by a man who punched her in the face. He shouted a few slurs, grabbed her face again, and thrust his knee into her nose. Subsequently, it was found she needed professional medical attention; she was admitted to McKay-Dee Hospital Center with a broken nose and went into surgery to repair her nose and a tear duct in her left eye. This accounts for the second assault charge.
Police determined that Christopher Allen was intoxicated at the time of the assaults.
After arresting and charging Allen, police then sent information about their investigation and the victims' allegations to prosecutors who could, under a Utah hate crimes law, enhance charges against Allen.
The idea of hate crimes and protected classes is ridiculous. It simply stirs up resentment by those who are not protected and polarizes society. The severity of a charge ought to revolve primarily around the ability of a victim to resist, meaning that crimes against the very young, the very old, and the disabled generally should, as a rule of thumb, earn the most severe charges. Just because a person is a certain race or other diversity variable should not warrant special attention. Rev. Ted Pike discusses the dangers of "hate" laws HERE.
Since the female victim required professional medical attention, that assault charge should be upgraded to a felony. Otherwise the other misdemeanor assault charge and the criminal trespassing charge should remain in force. Allen should get hammered because he sent the woman to the hospital, not because she's a lesbian.
Since when is it the state's role to play God and decide what is in a person's heart?