The two men who were stabbed on an Echo Park street last month may have been targeted because a rainbow flag – a symbol of gay pride – was placed on their bicycles. The suspects yelled anti-gay slurs at the two victims – who are not gay – before they were stabbed on Echo Park Avenue on May 24 in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. Details of the rainbow flag on the victims’ bikes were included in an announcement of a town hall meeting – Echo Park United Against Hate Crimes – that will be held on June 26. “The perpetrators yelled anti-gay slurs at them because they had a rainbow flag on their bicycles,” according to the town hall announcement.
A police detective assisting with the investigation said the two victims said they believed the rainbow flag on their bikes prompted the suspects to yell at them. But the incident remains under investigation and the suspects remain at large.
The town hall is being organized by El Centro Del Pueblo, an Echo Park social service agency, in partnership with the office of Councilman Eric Garcetti and other organizations. “We are calling on the Echo Park Community to declare that a hate crime against any one member of our community is a hate crime against the entire community,” said El Centro Executive Director Sandra Figueroa in an email. “Join me for a community response at a Town Hall Meeting El Centro is hosting that calls for acceptance, tolerance and education.”
Persons with information about the incident are asked to call the Northeast Division detectives at (323) 344-5751.
- Police release surveillance video of Echo Park stabbing. The Eastsider