By DAN RASCON, KUTV
SALT LAKE CITY (CIRCA via KUTV) — Salt Lake City police are still looking for the public’s help in solving a hate crime case that was all caught on video. The disturbing and shocking video that’s had more than 800,000 views shows a man get assaulted after he admits he’s gay.
The assault happened in Salt Lake City at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday. Investigators told our sister station KUTV the suspect did reach out to it, but it still has not interviewed him, nor has anyone been arrested. Investigators say they need more time.
"We are looking at one seven- or eight-second clip, and there’s before and after, and we want the complete picture of what happened so we can put that case together,” said Det. Greg Wilking with the Salt Lake City police. "It's just too early to say someone is automatically guilty of something."
Wilking says the police are asking anyone who witnessed the event or anyone who knows of more video to please contact them.
The video has reignited the hate crime debate on Utah’s Capitol Hill.
“The video was shocking; it was disturbing,” said Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. “That assailant sent a message not just to that victim, but to the entire gay community that our lives could be in danger as well.”
Late Tuesday afternoon, the hate crime bill, SB 103, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, got the green light to get a hearing on Thursday morning. This is a bill Thatcher has been trying to get passed for three years.
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