Raul Marti had his nose broken by attackers who screamed anti-gay slurs at him while he attempted to head home from work on Wednesday, April 19th.
According Local10.com, Marti was waiting at a bus stop on Biscayne Boulevard near 64th Street in Miami when a man harrassed him after he had a coughing fit. Marti is currently recovering from throat cancer.
"I looked at him and I said, 'I'm fine. Leave me alone, please. Go on your way,'" Marti said. "[He] started saying things like, 'That's the problem with you f*ggots. You're all sick."
Marti again asked the man to walk away, but the verbal abuse persisted. "That's when he proceeded on. 'That's right, you little f*cking f*ggot, keep on begging me. I like when f*ggots beg me,'" Marti said. Marti attempted to call the police — then, "he hit me, and then he hit me one more time, and then I fell to the ground," Marti said.
A handful of bystanders rushed to Marti's rescue and a police officer tracked down the assailant, later identified as Eric Pinkney. Marti was rushed to the hospital and treated for a handful of injuries including a broken nose. He had to recieve multiple stitches on his face. He plans on pressing charges against the attacker.
"I'm a human being, not a piece of garbage, and nobody has the right to put their hands on me or hurt me that way, no matter what I am," he said.
Pickney is currently being charged with aggravated battery, but Marti is insisting the situation be investigated as a hate crime.
There has been a noticeable spike in hate crimes (especially those directed against LGBTQ individuals) following the election of Donald Trump, although it's unclear if this case is related to that phenomenon.
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