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Police Dismissive Of Gay Bashing Victims Suit Claims

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

April 20, 2006 - 6:00 pm ET

(Riverside, California) Two gay men are sing Riverside Police, accusing the department and several officers of failing to seriously investigate after the pair were attacked by as many as 15 people in a bar.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that the civil rights of Robert Andrew St. Genis, 36, and Harold Ricardo McCarthy, 43,were violated because of police misconduct following the Feb. 12, 2005 attack.

St. Genis suffered a fractured skull in the beating. McCarthy also required hospital care.

But, according to the suit, instead of finding the attackers, police laid charges against the two gay men.

Both were charged with public intoxication and uttering offensive words.

Their lawyer, James Toledano, said that when police were called to the bar the investigating officer took no statements nor did he call an ambulance despite St. Genis' serious injuries.

The lawsuit alleges that when an ambulance finally arrived, medical personnel did not adequately treat St. Genis and that Riverside Community Hospital initially attempted to discharge him without treatment.

The hospital and ambulance company are also named as defendants.

©365Gay.com 2006


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