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|Atlanta police still seeking interview with victim in alleged anti-gay bashing|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|August 09, 2012 08:04|
Days after he told police he was attacked in an apparent anti-gay assault, John Mark Parker is still being sought by the Atlanta Police Department for a critical follow-up interview to determine if the attack should be investigated as a hate crime.
Parker, 50, told APD Aug. 4 he was punched in the face by a white male at Atlantic Station as he was walking to the Fenuxe Fire Party. He has yet to respond to repeated requests for an interview by the APD. Parker said the male asked him, "Are you gay?" and when Parker said, "Yes," he was punched in the face and knocked to the ground.
"We continue to reach out to the victim, but have not yet been successful in reaching him in order to complete an interview for investigative follow-up. Zone 5 investigators need to conduct that interview so we can get specific details on the incident," said APD spokesperson Carlos Campos.
"Those details will help us determine if this crime meets the criteria to bring in our Homeland Security Unit, which investigates bias crimes," he added.
Parker said he was attacked Aug. 4 while going to the Fenuxe Fire Party in Atlantic Station. The initial police report states Parker told police it was "not a big deal" and did not want medical treatment, according to a police report.
He did eventually agree to medical treatment and received stitches to close up a wound near his eye.
Surveillance cameras are located throughout Atlantic Station and Campos said Atlantic Station officials are working with APD to ensure video is made available to the APD as it investigates the alleged attack.
"Atlantic Station is working with us to make sure we get any video footage that might exist of this reported assault," Campos said.
Top photo: Atlantic Station (via Facebook)
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