More news from Chicago's Boystown, where a vicious street fight and stabbing over Black Gay Pride weekend left one man injured, a neighborhood outraged and inflamed racial tensions. The attack was captured on videotape
The 25-year-old victim is speaking to reporters at the same time hundreds attended a community meeting to address the violence. Watch news reports and the attack video WHEN YOU JUMP ...
The victim has five stab wounds and a collapsed lung. He has been identified as a gay student at DePaul University and spoke to ABC 7 from his hospital bed. The man says the violence began from a petty sidewalk encounter. It quickly escalated out of control. "I only remember fighting for my life."
The brawl was the third stabbing in the neighborhood in as many weeks. The previous incidents also involved Black LGBT youth. Before the Sunday incident, the most recent stabbing victim was white.
Meanwhile: Tensions flared as "about 600 people" attended last night's community policing meeting. The debate "quickly turned to race" and was characterized by "yelling, cheers, booing and fights", reports the Tribune and ChicagoPride.com.
Two-minute statements from dozens of audience participants continued for nearly 2 hours, with race and racism making up a majority of the contentious discussion. "There needs to be civility," declared one attendee to applause. "We're talking race, not racism."
"This is racism," retorted an African American man. "There are no resources in other areas of the city for queer youth."
Tempers began to flare at about one hour into the meeting as public comments were often meet with vocal reaction. One supporter of the LGBT youth was booed when asking city representatives for additional money to fund citywide programs for LGBT youth. "We spent 30 million dollars on the Center on Halsted," shouted someone in the crowd to loud cheers.
Police have made no arrests after Sunday's attack. The local alderman has proposed a special police unit for Boystown.
Watch news reports on the stabbing victim, last night's packed community forum and the attack video WHEN YOU JUMP ...