A 25-year-old Hammond, Indiana man has been sentenced to three years in prison for a vicious stabbing on Chicago's Halsted Street in July 2011, reports the Windy City Times. The stabbing and street fight was captured on video and inflammed racial tensions in the Boystown area.
Hayes had already served 528 days in Cook County Jail at the time of his sentencing, said a spokesperson for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Hayes was arrested in July  after police identified him by comparing his Facebook photo with a video of the incidents taken by Lakeview residents. Two knives were also recovered.
The charge was one count of aggravated battery..
The July 3 2011 attack happened over Chicago's Black Gay Pride weekend and started from a petty sidewalk incident. The victim was 25-year-old Rubin Robinson, an openly gay student at DePaul University. Robinson was hospitalized and treated for multiple stab wounds and a collapsed lung.
That street brawl was the third stabbing in the upscale and heavily gay neighborhood in as many weeks. The previous incidents also involved Black LGBT youth. Before that incident, the most recent stabbing victim was white.
The stabbings and the presence of Black/Latino street youth in the mostly white area have sparked a racially-fueled debate which has continued to this day. Tensions flared in the weeks afterward as "about 600 people" attended a community policing meeting. The debate "quickly turned to race" and was characterized by "yelling, cheers, booing and fights". Complete video and reports HERE.
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