From WFTV: Orlando Police say a 32-year-old man who was attacked last month by two teenage brothers and several others was targeted because he’s gay.
The victim, who doesn’t want to be identified, said he was jumped by about 10 people on Bentley Street and now fears for h
is and his family’s safety.
He believes the beat
-down stemmed from a fight at the Callahan Community Center, in Parramore, and that the group was looking to settle the score with anyone in the neighborhood who happened to be gay.
Orlando police released cellphone video Friday afternoon that shows the beating.
The video shows the mob of teens ambushing the victim while screaming statements about his sexual orientation. He’s seen on the ground being punched and slammed with chairs before managing to break away.
After a week of investigating, detectives determined brothers Deandre and Dennis Florence are two of the people in the video. The 14- and 16-year-olds were arrested on a host of charges, including a hate crime charge.
Investigators are hoping others are compelled to come forward with the names of everyone else involved.
The victim was not seriously hurt, authorities said. He said he had a tough time recognizing everyone because it happened so fast and there were so many of them.