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Denver cop
investigated for ignoring gay bashing

Denver cop
investigated for ignoring gay bashing

A gay law student filed a complaint against a Denver police officer accusing him of failing to arrest an alleged hate-crime perpetrator, reports

Nima Daivari, 24, of New York, said Officer Richard Boehnlein told him to "go home" after he was attacked by another man on the 16th Street Mall in Denver.

Daivari, in Denver visiting a cousin, said he was out on Sunday after midnight when a man walked past him and made an antigay comment. He asked the man what he had said, and then a physical confrontation occurred, Daivari said, with both men hitting each other.

Officers soon arrived and separated the men. Daivari said he repeatedly asked Boehnlein to press charges, but the attacker was instead let go.

Daivari went to the police station after the fight to file a report about the attack and the officer's conduct.

Boehnlein, who has been with the department since 2006, did not file a report after the attack occurred.

The officer is being investigated by the police internal affairs department.

A gay rights advocacy group, the Colorado Anti-Violence Program, has been gathering statistics and information about hate crimes and bias-motivated crimes in Colorado and plans to release its findings next month, said the program's director of victims' services, Kelly Costello. (The Advocate)

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