Police in Spartanburg, South Carolina are investigating an alleged vicious anti-gay bar brawl. WSPA reports a 22-year-old gay man says he was assaulted by five or six men—who struck his face, head and arms with beer bottles.
Vonte Fuller [was] hanging out at Sideline's Sports & Spirit's early Sunday morning and "minding [his] business." "This dude came out of nowhere and poured this whole pitcher of beer on me," Fuller said as he explained how the beating began.
From there, he said he turned around only to be hit in the head with a beer bottle. As more men joined in, they broke more bottles on his face, sliced his arm, and spewed anti-gay slurs. Fuller recalls them shouting, "I hate you faggots and ... you punks are sick. And all ya'll going to die slow."
Fuller said the club's security kicked him and the men from the bar, but he says they didn't call police, and instead, allowed the men to leave. The security, Fuller said, tried to make him leave, too. Instead, someone called an ambulance for Fuller, and he was taken to Spartanburg Regional where he said he was visited—briefly—by a Spartanburg Public Safety officer. However, that officer never took a report.
Fuller was hospitalized and now has "staples in his head and stitches on his arm."
"Lt. Regina Nowak said the officer, who has not been identified, will be investigated by the department’s office of professional standards for a violation of department policy," reports QNotes. "Nowak told qnotes via phone Thursday afternoon that some details of Fuller’s original account don’t match video surveillance and later statements he made to police. In particular, Nowak said there are some instances where Fuller might have antagonized potential suspects in the bar. She also said Fuller admitted to police that he taunted one potential suspect after he says the man called him an anti-gay slur."
Police have released video surveillance of the incident. There is no audio and it is defnitely edited with several jump cuts. Where is the raw footage?
Watch that video and WSPA's report WHEN YOU JUMP ...
The surveillance video. No audio and there are several jump cuts after :25.