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15 Dec 2011- A man told police he was attacked west of downtown early Wednesday because he is gay, Athens-Clarke police said.

The 22-year-old victim was returning from downtown to his car parked on Pulaski Street about 2:15 a.m. when two men on the other side of West Hancock Avenue yelled a “homophobic slur” at him, and then he yelled back, according to a police report.

The men ran toward him and the last thing the victim remembered before getting knocked unconscious was his face hitting the sidewalk and feeling teeth shatter, according to police.

An officer took the report at St. Mary’s Hospital, but did not record how the man got there.

The victim described both of his attackers as white males in their early 20s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing no more than 160 pounds, with medium-length brown hair, according to police. The men were wearing collared shirts and jeans.

The victim wanted to report the assault as a hate crime, according to police, who said it is being investigated as an aggravated battery.

The Georgia Supreme Court struck down the state’s hate crime statute in 2004, calling it overly broad and constitutionally vague.


A drunken man landed in jail early Wednesday after shaking his booty at motorists while in the middle of a downtown intersection, Athens-Clarke police said.

An officer was on patrol about 12:30 a.m. when he saw a man standing in the middle of East Clayton Street at College Avenue, blocking traffic that had the green light on Clayton, police said.

The man then got on his knees in front of cars that tried to pass him, causing the cars to swerve, according to police.

“At that point he turned his back side to passing drivers and began shaking his rear end (butt) at them as he gestured toward it,” the officer wrote in a report.

The 32-year-old Watkinsville man first ignored the officer’s order to get out of the road and became disorderly, but he calmed down after he was arrested and even apologized, the officer wrote.

The man, who had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, was booked into the Clarke County Jail on a charge of pedestrian under the influence, police said.


A man was in his home in the 600 block of Creek Pointe Drive on Tuesday morning when two burglars tried to get inside, Athens-Clarke police said.

He heard a window break about 10:55 a.m., then saw the would-be thieves looking through the shattered glass, but they ran off when they realized the home was occupied, police said.

The victim described the burglars as black men in their late teens or early 20s who were both about 6 feet tall, one of them with facial hair, police said.

One of the suspects wore a dark, possibly black, jacket, police said, and the other wore a brown jacket.