A gay man and his boyfriend were brutally assaulted by three men in a Burger King restaurant in Miami, Florida. The couple was standing in line near the registers at about 3am Monday, when they shared a kiss. That is when a man began to fling anti-gay slurs at the couple, which eventually led to a physical assault.
In the video, the assailant, who seems to be a trained fighter, slams the victim to the ground as his friends surround, stopping anyone from breaking up the fight. Police are looking for up to three men involved in the assault.
The victims were visiting from Los Angeles, California, and it is still unknown if the kiss was the reason for the attack or if there are extenuating circumstances in the incident. The Burger King restaurant was conveniently located right across the street from the Miami Beach Police station, and officer Ernesto Rodriguez was actually standing out front, viewing the incident from the curb.
Rodriguez said that the suspect:
“Had some sort of exchange with victims, a verbal exchange which escalated into a violent physical attack. The clear message we wanna give to visitors and residents of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County for that matter is there is no place for hate here.”
The victim, who only wanted to be identified as Kevin, had this to say about the brutal assault:
“It is scary. I think everybody should be accepting of who and what we choose to do in our lives. I mean I don’t always accept everything either but I don’t get violent towards it.”
A 60-year old eyewitness said he couldn’t believe that in 2016, people still had problems with gays:
“It is surprising that people concern themselves about what two people care about. There’s a lot of people in the world and if they’re afraid to get out and see it then maybe they should just stay home and not even go to a Burger King.”
Video courtesy of CBS: