I didn’t say much about these three asshats when this story broke last year because, well, I am just disgusted by this kind of hateful, moronic, knuckle-dragging behavior, and I wanted to give it no space on ISBL.
Still, 10 months later and I’m still pissed so ….
Ten months ago; that’s when Bucks County, Pennsylvania residents Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott and Philip Williams were arrested for attacking two gay men, Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught, in Philadelphia, just because they felt like it apparently, or just because it was a couple of queers so who cares, right? But their trial is coming up, so they’re back in the news and are apparently considering plea deals offered up by the Philadelphia DA’s office.
While Williams and Harrigan were allegedly the more physical aggressors — one victim had his jaw broken, as well as a couple of other bones, again, just for being gay — it was Kathryn Knott who got the most backlash because it was revealed that she is a homophobic, hate-filled, nearly illiterate fool on her Twitter feed.
Cameron Kline, of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, is not commenting on the plea offers but tells us that if these three asshats are convicted on all charges, they could face anywhere from 34 to 68 years in prison …
Good. Lock ‘em up. Make ‘em an example. Set the precedent that beating the crap out of a person, breaking bones, punching people in the face, simple because they’re gay is not acceptable. Maybe, if these three criminals get a stiff sentence, other might think twice before attacking someone on the street for no reason whatsoever.
And, yeah, I know the chances of any sentence being anywhere near 34 years will never happen, considering their violent attack on total strangers was their first offense. I would still love to see it happen.
I’ve said here on this bloggy thing a hundred times: if you beat up a man because you want his wallet, that’s a hateful crime; but if you beat up a man because he’s gay, that just Hate.
And we to stop tolerating it. I know Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott and Philip Williams won’t get long sentences, but I hope they get some jail time; enough time to sit in their own little cubicle and ponder over how they got there.
Hate. That’s how.