Target: David O’Neal Brown, Chief of the Dallas Police Department
Goal: Intensify police efforts to combat anti-LGBT violence.
Craig Knapp was insulted with a homophobic slur and attacked while taking a friend’s dog for an early morning walk. Disturbing as one hate-motivated assault would be, Mr. Knapp’s attack is part of a pattern of violence in his Dallas neighborhood. In the past eight months, almost 30 gay men have been attacked in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. Police have intensified patrols and installed cameras to curb the violence, but the attack on Craig Knapp serves as a reminder that their work is not done.
Mr. Knapp recalled to a local Fox station that his attack began when a man standing behind him allegedly asked the name of the dog he was walking. Knapp said that a moment later, the questioner “pushed my head into the pavement and he was kicking me as he pushed my face into the pavement. He used a cuss word and called me a [homophobic slur].” The attack reportedly ended as suddenly as it began; Knapp’s assailants fled into the neighborhood leaving him dazed and bleeding on the pavement.
Despite the shocking and sudden violence of the assault on Knapp, and the 30 similar recent assaults, police have made no progress toward justice. As Lee Daugherty told his local ABC station, “one thing we don’t have is any arrests, still to this day.” That needs to change. Call on the Dallas police to intensify their efforts and end this spate of violence against the LGBT community.
Dear Chief Brown,
This weekend, Craig Knapp was attacked and slurred with a homophobic insult in his own neighborhood. He described the incident to various news outlets, saying that the assault began suddenly with a question about his dog and that he was quickly driven to the ground, where his assailants left him dazed and bleeding while they fled. Mr. Knapp told a local ABC station, “I wanted to get out alive, plain and simple.”
This individual assault should be unacceptable to you and your officers. Unfortunately, the attack on Craig Knapp is also part of a pattern of violence against the LGBT community. Since last September, 30 gay men have been attacked in the Oak Lawn neighborhood alone.
The community recognizes and approves your efforts to combat the violence with increased patrols and cameras. Local business owner and resident Lee Daugherty told ABC, “We appreciate [police] help.” He also said, “one thing we don’t have is any arrests, still to this day.” We urge you to pursue justice for Craig Knapp and his fellow victims. We urge you to intensify your efforts to combat violence against the LGBT community.
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Photo Credit: Dick Elbers