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Rochester, New York police are now searching for gay bashers who assaulted two groups of people earlier this month in separate attacks. A total of eight people were attacked, beaten, kicked, and hit with a metal pipe according to reports.
Instead of arresting the gay bashers, police arrested the victims, even calling one of them a "drunken dyke."
At the time, Rochester City Councilman Bill Pritchard spoke to WROC: "When something like this does happen it causes everybody and certainly it caused me to pause and certainly register a certain amount of shock. I will not rest until I know with certainty all appropriate action has been taken. Your city government is on top of this, the mayor's office, the police department, the chief of police, myself, the city council, the council president. Your city government is being very responsive and taking immediate action to investigate what happened."
Now, after an internal investigation the city is furiously trying to backtrack, appealing to the public for tips that would identify the attackers.
Said Mayor Robert Duffy: "Somebody has to know who they are. It was an unprovoked attack."
Police Chief David Moore added, "I want to know more than anyone what happened on June 1 about 2:30 in the morning. We did have an opportunity early on to identify the individuals. ... We need to go back and make that right."
The suspects are two men and two women, thought to be in their twenties.