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Staten Island Man: I Was Victim of Antigay Police Attack

Staten Island Man: I Was Victim of Antigay Police Attack


Louis Falcone says police brutally beat him and hurled antigay slurs at him.

A gay men is alleging that he is a victim of a police attack that involved the use of antigay slurs.

Louis Falcone, 31, says he will sue for civil rights violations, after a violent encounter with police on June 19.

He told the New York Daily Newsthat cops came to his Staten Island home at around 5:30 a.m. that morning, in response to a noise complaint.

In his account of the event, the cops asked him to come outside. When his dog began barking, he claims an officer said, "Get your dog out of here, or I'll fucking kill it!"

Afterward, Falcone alleges that the officers pulled him outside, threw him to the ground, and began to beat him and hurl antigay slurs like "fag" and "faggot."

"While I was on the ground, I had mud and blood in my mouth," he recounted. "One [of the cops] said, 'Don't let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the faggot.'"

Falcone, who weighs 150 lbs., says the altercation left him with a broken nose, lacerations on his body, and a need for (more) foot surgery. He claims officers ignored his protestations to be careful of his foot, which had just undergone a procedure and was in a boot.

A shaky video of the incident shows the encounter between Falcone and the police, though the verbal exchange is inaudible.

Police say they were responding to an emergency call from Falcone's mother, after he and his brother engaged in an argument.

Falcone says that, although he and his brother had been yelling at one another after his brother returned home "obnoxiously drunk," the argument had ended -- and his brother had left -- well before police arrived.

Gawker reports that Falcone was uncooperative with police and spit in an officer's face.

See the video below.

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