Originally published on Advocate.com June 10 2013 1:32 PM ET
Three LGBT men were involved in an altercation with New York police officers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn June 3.
According to the New York-based Anti-Violence Project, Josh Williams, Ben Collins, and Antonio Maenza were walking past the 79th Precinct station house when an officer accused one of the men of public urination and then threw him up against a cop car. Several other police officers joined him in attacking the man, throwing him down to the ground, and hitting him with pepper spray while he was handcuffed.
The handcuffs were reportedly so tight, they caused lacerations on his skin. The man who was arrested was then treated at a hospital for his injuries, though he was still restrained with wrist and ankle cuffs. The two remaining people were then arrested by the same group of officers.
Collins, Maenza, and Williams will appear at a press conference Tuesday held by the Anti-Violence Project. The organization contributed to a study last week about LGBT hate violence, showing that nearly 40% of those who interact with the police in New York City reported police misconduct.