Santa Barbara Beating Labeled Hate Crime

By Winston Gieseke

Originally published on January 04 2012 9:25 PM ET

Two men who were attacked after leaving a bar in Santa Barbara, California, Sunday night are the victims of a hate crime, say police.

According to Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte, an antigay comment was made before three white males with shaved heads began beating on the pair in an attack that was captured on video by a bystander.

Fox News reports that one of the men was left with a broken jaw and a head wound that required staples while the other man’s injuries were minor.

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