There is a welcome update to the horrible anti-gay assault in Detroit mentioned two weeks ago. Twenty-three-year-old Justin Alesna has a shattered eye socket after he says witnesses "gawked and laughed" after he was brutally attacked at a gas station. Federal authorities may intervene, reports the Free Press.
The FBI is now investigating the March 7 assault, which left Alesna with facial injuries. Alesna said he has been told FBI agents have possession of surveillance video from the gas station. Sandra Berchtold, a spokeswoman for the FBI Detroit office, confirmed Wednesday that the agency, which handles hate crimes, is investigating.
Alesna said Detroit police asked him to make an identification during a lineup Tuesday night, but he was unable to do so. He said he was told later one of the men may have been a witness to the assault.
Michigan hate crimes law does not include sexual orientation or gender identity.
Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, who made history as the first openly gay person elected to the City Council, is urging the city's police department to collar Alesna's attacker.
Alesna recorded a video and uploaded it to YouTube. Watch that video and the disturbing news report AFTER YOU JUMP ...