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GOProud head attacked in anti-gay assault

LaSalvia, attacked near Union Station, critical of hate crimes laws; GLLU pager unanswered

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'Why did we spend so much political capital for the federal hate crimes law …still does nothing to prevent hate crimes,’ said GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The head of the conservative gay Republican group GOProud was attacked on a secluded street behind Union Station while riding home from work on his bicycle on July 15 by a male teenager who called him a “faggot.”

Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud’s executive director, said the unidentified youth punched him in the chest about 8:30 p.m. as he rode past the youth and six or seven other male teenagers who were with the person that struck him on 2nd Street, N.E. just north of L Street.

“I was on my bike when I approached them,” LaSalvia told the Blade in an e-mail. “Just as I got up to them, the assailant lunged off the sidewalk toward me on the street and delivered a punch across my chest. The momentum of my bicycling driving me into his fist and arm caused a shocking pain like I’ve never felt before,” he said.

“Just as I began to realize what was happening, I heard it. The words are still ringing in my ears as I write this today – ‘F____ faggot!’ LaSalvia said in his e-mail. “It was clear to me in that moment that my sexual orientation had motivated this attack.”

LaSalvia said that after barely catching himself from falling to the ground, he reached into his backpack for his cell phone, with the thought of calling the police. That action prompted one of the teenagers accompanying the attacker to say, “Does he have a gun?” LaSalvia told the Blade.

The attacker and a few of the others with him “puffed up their chests and were clearly ready to continue the attack,” he said. But seconds later, the group fled the scene after he kept his hand inside his backpack, “allowing them to wonder if I was reaching for a gun.”

He said he then rode home and called the police non-emergency number. A receptionist taking the call instructed him to call 911, saying an officer would come to his house to take a report. But LaSalvia said he didn’t feel it necessary to take up police time for what was no longer an emergency. He said he chose instead to wait until morning to file a police report.

According to LaSalvia, on Saturday morning, July 16, he went to the headquarters office of the police Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, which is located in the Sun Trust Bank building on Dupont Circle. Upon his arrival, no one answered the doorbell, said LaSalvia, even though he noticed people were inside the office. He said a sign on the door advised visitors to call the GLLU’s pager number, which he did, he said. However, as of Monday morning, no one from the GLLU returned his message.

Sgt. Carlos Mejia, the GLLU’s supervisor, told the Blade on Monday that the unit is phasing out the pager number, which he said is part of an “antiquated” system that sometimes malfunctions. Mejia said the GLLU and the police department have distributed literature and public notices advising citizens to contact the unit on its new 24-hour smart phone number of 202-506-0714.

LaSalia, in a phone interview, said he later reached the GLLU and that one of its members, Sgt. Joe Morquecho, interviewed him about the incident and made a report that lists the incident as a hate crime.

“He gave me the name of the detective handling the case and I was just contacted by a victims’ services representative,” LaSalvia said. “So the police department’s been very good to follow up with me and talk to me about this.”

LaSalvia informed friends about the attack in a message on his Facebook page.

Mejia said the GLLU office is not staffed 24 hours a day. One police source said civilian volunteers sometimes work in the office when the officers are out in the field. The volunteers are instructed not to answer the door since they are not trained to work directly with the public, the source said.

“I realize now that this is something that should be reported,” LaSalvia said.

LaSalvia described his attacker as a black male appearing about 17 or 18 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing about 145 pounds. He said the attacker was wearing gym shorts and had his shirt off, exposing a slim but “muscular” build. LaSalvia said the attacker had a medium skin complexion and “very short hair – almost like a shaved head.”

GOProud describes itself on its website as an organization representing “gay conservatives and their allies…committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy.”

Although D.C. police have listed the assault against him as a hate crime, LaSalvia acknowledged that he and GOProud have emerged as critics of the federal and state hate crimes laws.

“We do not oppose hate crimes laws but I happen to think they’re a waste of time because they don’t do anything to prevent violent crimes from occurring and they have outlasted their usefulness,” he said.

According to LaSalvia, hate crimes laws would have been useful in the past, when state and federal law enforcement officials often did not prosecute crimes targeting gays and other minorities such as blacks. He said those days are all but gone, and authorities now routinely prosecute crimes against gays and other groups, even if they are not officially classified as hate crimes in states that don’t have hate crimes laws.

The Obama administration and a coalition of Democratic and Republican members of Congress that voted to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Prevention Act in 2009 said the law could act as a deterrent to hate crimes by drawing attention to such crimes and building strong opposition to hate violence in society.

Activists supporting the federal hate crimes law also noted that it includes protections for transgender people. Activists said the transgender community, along with gays and lesbians, could now rely on the federal government to prosecute anti-LGBT hate crimes if a state or local law enforcement agency declines to prosecute such crimes against them.

LaSalvia said he is aware that D.C.’s hate crimes law, as well as similar laws in other states, allow judges to hand down a stricter sentence to criminals convicted of committing a hate crime.

“My argument is I’m fine with that but it didn’t do anything to deter him from doing it,” he said of the youth who attacked him. “And that’s my whole point about why did we spend so much political capital for [the federal hate crimes law] when, OK, it’s retribution, but it still does nothing to prevent hate crimes.”

 

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  1. Keith Jarrell

    July 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    The lack of response from the GLLU officers inside of the facility is shameful at best. They should all be disciplined for not caring enough to unlock the door and render assistance. This is what much of the community has been arguing about for the past 5 years, to keep this unit in place and have it serve the gay community in and around Dupont Circle, Well, truth be now that this unit should be broken up and the officers sent to various police districts to serve. There is simply no excuse for the officers not opening up the door and welcoming a member of the community in to render assistance to him.

    • Adam L

      July 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Perhaps you should keep reading the story where it says that the office is not open 24-hours and that those inside are volunteers, not police officers.

    • brian

      July 20, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Really, Keith? What is this? More scripting from MPD’s chiefs to continue their assault on GLLU’s central office?

      Maybe you ought to review the story. LaSalvia reported seeing “people” inside, not officers” as you asserted. And what do you know of GLLU or GLLU’s Dupont office? Or police work, for that matter?

      The LGBTQ community doesn’t need political wannabees shilling PR for Chief Lanier. We need Chief Lanier to support GLLU’s central office so that victims of hate crimes, stalking and bullying have a safe haven to report crimes without being dissed by their local, less-experienced MPD officers and/or observed by their local attackers.

      BTW, Keith, just how many MPD awards banquets have you been invited to, now?

  2. Deacon Maccubbin

    July 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Well, duh…if you’re assaulted, that’s a 911 call and an immediate police response situation. That’s true whether it’s a hate crime or not, whether it’s in DC or elsewhere, whether it’s day or night. If he LaSalvia has reacted at the time, the odds are good that the attacker could have been identified and arrested. I can’t understand why LaSalvia didn’t immediately call the police. Waiting 3 days before making a police report is simply irresponsible.

    • laurelboy2

      July 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Idiot. Had he revealed only a phone in his backpack the assailant and his buds could have killed LaSalvia when they realized he didn’t have the suspected gun. If you’re the Deacon who used to own Lambda Rising, I’m now glad I never purchased anything from you.

      Committed member of the GOP and proud of it.

      • BobN

        July 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        By “react” he meant call 911, nothing to do with showing his cell phone or anything.

        The point is that you report crimes WHEN THEY HAPPEN. Your “emergency” might be “over”, but the same kids could be attacking another person in the same area.

  3. Christian

    July 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    It sickens me to hear gay (left-wing) activists cheer when this happens to someone they disagree with on political issues.

    • Hollywood, CA

      July 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      THIS WAS TOTALLY MADE UP… my question is, why? Why make this up, and what is it going to get you? How would a black teen know you were gay just riding your bike, then hit you for no reason, then you reach in your bag… was this your normal route home? Did no one come to your aid? Why are you making this all up? Sorry, it all smells FISHY

  4. Hdtex

    July 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    This famewhore will do anything to keep his name in the news….Where’s the proof? Where’s the IMMEDIATE police report? Lies lies lies….

  5. Gregg In Seattle

    July 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    It is very sad when homophobic assaults like this happen. Even so, I expect the teens grew up in conservative, very Republican households. No doubt, that is why Mr. LaSalvia kept his silence until it was too late to apprehend his assailants and have them brought to public justice: it would have exposed him as a quisling.

    • Damian G.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:23 am

      Given that the attacker was reportedly a “black male”, I find it highly unlikely (albeit not impossible) that he grew up in a “very Republican household”.

  6. Kurt Foster

    July 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Too bad you can’t have an opinion without being called an idiot. The truth is, there is no quick fix for hoodlums who attack people and only back off when they think the person has a gun. Too bad we can’t just clean up the town like they spray for roaches.

    • Marcus99

      July 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

      The quick fix is to call the police and attempt to apprehend the attackers. It’s really pretty straight forward.

  7. NickadooLA

    July 19, 2011 at 2:01 am

    So when can we expect LaSalvia’s endorsement of his attacker for 2012?

  8. Steven

    July 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

    And why did these group of teenagers all of a sudden call him a faggot? I call bullshit on the hate crime aspect.

  9. Will

    July 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Sadly, based on the description, I would guess that this attack was motivated by racism and opportunism. I am not gay, and have been called a faggot by young black males several times as they were either showing off to friends, or testing my willingness to get into a fight. For criminally-inclined young black men, calling a white man a faggot seems to be a common way to try to emasculate the victim verbally, either for the purpose of impressing friends, or starting a real fight.

    Its very sad commentary on the state of many teenagers in the District that ganging up on, or ambushing passersby is considered a mark of street credibility. That area around the Metro Branch Trail has become ground zero for ne’er do wells lately.

    I wish Mr. LaSalvia all the best in his recovery.

  10. Bigg

    July 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    This kind of crime shouldn’t happen to anyone. I feel sorry for Mr. LaSalvia because he was attacked – and at the same time, I feel rather sad that he’s made so much of the “gun rights” aspect of the situation by saying to anyone who will listen that armed gays don’t get attacked.

  11. alguien

    July 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    my BS meter is way up in the red with this one.

  12. Scott

    July 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Attacks on cyclists and pedestrians by black teenagers are common in this city – almost every cyclist I know has been harassed at some point from the sidewalk or passing cars. They call anyone a fag they want to provoke so I doubt LaSalvia’s sexual orientation (which they couldn’t have known) was actually an issue in this case, though I can understand that it would feel that way to him.

  13. nick

    July 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    so much for the liason unit they are probably busy getting laid

  14. Jay T

    July 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Kinda ironic he wants to call it a hate crime when all of his friends are against hate crime legislation :-/
    Hows that workin for ya Jimmy?

  15. Timmmeeeyyy!

    July 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Meanwhile GOProud co-founder Chris Barron told an interviewer “When my parter and sit down at night…we’re not talking about hate crimes, what we’re talking about is taxes and health care retirement security.”

    Why aren’t they talking about hate crimes. It should now be apparent to them that it’s an issue that even affects the elite.

    The interview is on youtube http://youtu.be/mfXH1DovoHQ

  16. Allen in Seattle

    July 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    It is my opinion that his story lacks credibility.

  17. Jack Fertig

    July 20, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Cutbacks on police response are due to the Friedmanite economic policies GOProud endorses, just as they scoff at hate crimes legislation.

    When have white Republicans ever hesitated to sic the cops on black youth? Granted, if the crime actually happened the kid would have deserved an arrest at least, but as already noted this report arouses a lot of skepticism. Yes, gay progressives should be sympathetic when even a gay reactionary gets bashed, but LaSalvia, Barron, et al. rather than learning from the example of Ernst Roehm, grovel for approval from homophobes and campaign for privatizing health care thereby eliminating programs keeping people with HIV alive. Yeah… we should always be against any gay bashing, but — especially when his club supports the biggest bashers in Congress — is it any wonder that we neither like nor trust LaSalvia?

  18. John Muller

    July 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Strangely enough, the term “faggot” has evolved from a derogatory term for a homosexual to resembling a more broad attack of one’s social legitimacy.

    So, while the assailant allegedly called him a “faggot” he may not have known Mr. LaSalvia’s sexual orientation. I would wager that a typical inner-city teenager wouldn’t be able to recognize anyone from politics on the street, short of the president himself.

    As such, I’m fairly certain that the term used was in reference to his uncool style of being a grown man riding a bicycle while wearing a backpack and, I’m assuming, a helmet.

    Also, who gets punched off of anything by a 5’11 145lbs kid? I’m pretty sure I could trade blows with that little dude on a unicycle or a pogo stick and keep on trucking.

  19. Carlos

    July 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I regret this happened to Jimmy, but his tortured hate crimes commentary is just…well, remarkably simple-minded. Of course laws don’t prevent crimes. They never have. But they give law enforcement officials the tools to punish criminals, and they speak to our values as a nation. That’s why hate crimes laws have existed for decades that address bias-motivated crimes involving things like race and religion. Adding sexual orientation and gender identity to those laws was long overdue because hate crimes disproportionately affect the LGBT community in this country, according to the FBI.

  20. IMGoph

    July 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I’ve been attacked, verbally and physically, by African American kids within a block of this location as well. I’m straight, but have been called “faggot” by these kids as well. I agree with others that it’s likely that this was less of a hate crime and more of stupid kids who deserve to be smacked around a bit.

    That said, I hope he’s OK. It’s scary to have anything happen to you when you’re on a bike. You’re very vulnerable.

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D.C. rejects request by gyms to lift mask mandate

LGBTQ-owned venues sign letter calling requirement ‘devastating’ for business

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Owners of two LGBTQ-owned D.C. fitness studios and one gym signed on to a joint letter with the owners of six other similar businesses urging D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Department of Health Director Dr. Laquandra Nesbitt to lift a city mandate requiring patrons of gyms and fitness studios to wear masks. 

The Oct. 4 letter, written by gay businessman Bryan Myers, the CEO and president of a chain of local fitness studios using the trademark name of [solidcore], states that the mask mandate, which applies to people who are fully vaccinated for the coronavirus, is based largely on outdated data pertaining to gyms and fitness studios collected prior to the widespread availability of the COVID vaccine.

“More relevant data to inform decision-making would be to study the data from two, large Northeastern cities that have opted to allow fitness classes to continue with the requirement of vaccination in lieu of a mask requirement,” the letter states. “In both New York City and Philadelphia, which have opted for this approach, we have not seen an increase in the trajectory of the Delta variant,” Myers says in the letter.

In the last week of July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation that cities and local jurisdictions with 50 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents per week, which at that time included D.C., should ask residents to voluntarily resume wearing masks indoors. That same week, Bowser announced she would go one step further by mandating the indoor use of masks in most public places, including gyms and fitness spas or studios. 

Bowser and Nesbitt said their intention was to take immediate steps to curtail the spread of the coronavirus so that the city would not be forced to return to the full shutdown mode, including the closing of businesses, that the mayor lifted earlier this year.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced they would ask residents of their states to consider using masks in crowded indoor spaces as recommended by the CDC, but said they would not require mask use. 

In their letter to Bowser and Nesbitt, the gym and fitness studio owners called on the mayor to provide the same exemption to their businesses as the city has provided for restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, which requires masks except when patrons are eating and drinking. 

“While it is true that bars, restaurants, and clubs technically have to follow the same guidelines, we know that in practice, these venues have been granted exceptions by D.C. Health,” the letter says. “On any given night, you can find hundreds of individuals crowded into a U Street bar, at a Capitol Hill restaurant, or thousands at a performance or party at The Anthem enjoying themselves – singing, dancing and physically exerting themselves, shouting – maskless – so long as they have a drink somewhere nearby,” says the letter.

“And to be unequivocally clear, we are not advocating that there is anything wrong with what is happening in other industries or that there be a change to the management of those industries/venues,” the letter continues. “We are simply advocating that we be treated the same as they are.”

The letter adds, “Finally, but perhaps most importantly, the mask mandate for fitness studios and gyms has resulted in devastating financial impact to these businesses – many of which are small locally owned.”

It says patronage has dropped 50 percent for some of the fitness centers and gyms since the mayor’s mask mandate took effect July 29. It points out that the drop in customers comes at a time when many of these businesses have spent thousands of dollars and in some cases hundreds of thousands to upgrade their ventilation and filtration systems and other structural steps to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Myers told the Washington Blade in a statement that neither the Department of Health nor the mayor’s office replied directly to the gym and fitness studios’ letter.

Channel 7 News reported that in response to its request for the city’s reaction to the gym and fitness studios’ concerns, the Department of Health released a statement saying, “D.C. Health’s stance is that persons should wear masks in gyms and during this time [we] do not have plans to change our stance on this guidance.”

In his statement to the Blade, Myers said the D.C. gym and fitness studios were frustrated and disappointed that the city at this time is not open to reconsidering the mask mandate for gyms and fitness studios, many of which he said are barely surviving.

“This mandate is directly affecting the livelihoods of residents of the District, many of whom are women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ in a policy that is simply not equitable, and is steering residents away from services that can help improve the overall health of our community,” Myers said.

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Heather Mizeur congressional campaign raises more than $1M

Former Md. delegate challenging Andy Harris

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Former Maryland state Del. Heather Mizeur is running for Congress (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Heather Mizeur has raised more than $1 million in her campaign against anti-LGBTQ Republican Congressman Andy Harris in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District.

“No candidate in #MD01 of either party, incumbent or challenger, has ever hit the $1M milestone this early in the election cycle,” Mizeur tweeted on Oct. 6.

The Victory Fund in an Oct. 8 press release said 80 percent of this $1 million came from Maryland-based donors, “a sign the district is ready for new representation.” And Mizeur continues to outpace Harris, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that say she raised $717,445 for the cycle ending June 30, while Harris raised $425,288.

“Andy Harris has taken every opportunity to attack and vilify trans individuals, trying to score political points with his base at the expense of the safety of some of his constituents,” Mizeur told the Washington Blade.

In 2014 Harris made the Human Rights Campaign’s “Hall of Shame” for proactively working “to undermine existing legal protections and promote anti-LGBT discrimination.”

“In contrast, the LGBTQ community knows me for my record,” Mizeur said. “And knows I’ll always lead with compassion and stand up for civil and human rights. I think the 1st District will respond to my message of respect and understanding.”

Mizeur, who now lives on the Eastern Shore with her wife, served on the Takoma Park City Council. Mizeur was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for eight years.

In 2014, she launched a long-shot, grassroots campaign for governor where she finished a strong third in the Democratic primary, despite being outraised by better-known opponents.

But Mizeur also said she is aware of the challenges her team faces in taking on a well-entrenched Republican in a solidly conservative district.

The Cook Partisan Voter Index in 2017 rated the district as R +14, meaning the previous two presidential election results in the district skewed 14 percentage points more Republican than the national average.

“We have over $760,000 in the bank, and we’ve outraised him during our time in the race,” Mizeur said. “We’re raising the money we need to go toe-to-toe with Andy Harris next year.”

The Baltimore Sun in February reported Harris was “flush with campaign cash” mostly due to a 2010 redistricting that “packed” the area with Republican voters to increase Democrats’ chances in other district races.

“Yes, Andy Harris has over $1 million in the bank, stockpiled over a decade in office,” Mizeur said. “But in the short time I’ve been in the race, we’ve cut significantly into his cash on hand advantage.”

Harris has represented the 1st Congressional District—which includes Maryland’s Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties—since 2011 and easily fended off most challenges with at least 60 percent of the vote. These challengers include Mia Mason, a transgender military veteran, who ran against him in 2020.

The 2010 redistricting made Harris’ seat safe enough not only to donate nearly a third of his war chest to conservative groups and candidates, such as U.S. Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), but to openly court controversy himself.

Harris last year openly defended then-President Trump’s discredited efforts to overturn the 2020 election. And in December he signed onto an amicus brief supporting a failed lawsuit contesting the presidential election results.

This year he downplayed the violence of the Jan. 6 insurrection in which numerous police officers were attacked, members of Congress were threatened, and the U.S. Capitol was vandalized.

Mizeur told the Blade that while Harris’ actions regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection were the catalyst for her challenging his seat, she feels the district is changing and he no longer represents their interests.

“Our supporters know he’s been embarrassing Maryland in Congress for far too long, and that some of his actions have shown he’s completely unfit to serve in public office, regardless of ideological views,” Mizeur said. “They want someone who will bring compassionate leadership and innovative thinking back to the first district. And that’s appealing to people across party lines.”

Maryland’s primary election is June 28, 2022, and its general election follows on Nov. 8.

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AU student expelled over arrest in attack on gay Asian man, parents

Patrick Trebat no longer affiliated with university

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An American University graduate student who was arrested by D.C. police on Aug. 7 on charges that he assaulted a gay Asian man and the man’s parents while shouting homophobic and anti-Asian slurs “is no longer affiliated with the university and will not be allowed on campus,” according to a report by WTOP News.

In an Oct. 9 broadcast that it updated this week, WTOP said Patrick Trebat, 38, who had been taking a night class at the university’s Kogod School of Business, was banned from returning to the campus.

Charging documents filed in D.C. Superior Court show that Trebat was charged by D.C. police with one count of felony assault, two counts of simple assault and one count of destruction of property for allegedly assaulting and injuring Sean Lai, 30, an out gay man of Chinese ancestry, and his parents on the 3700 block of Fulton Street, N.W., on Aug. 7.

The charging documents say Trebat allegedly began to follow Lai and his parents as they were walking along the street in the city’s Observatory Circle neighborhood near the National Cathedral. According to a statement by a police official from the police district whose officers made the arrest, Trebat punched and kicked the three victims as he stated, “Get out of my country.” The police statement says the family was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

A separate police report says Trebat shouted the word “faggots” at the family and shouted, “You are not Americans!”

Based on these allegations, prosecutors classified the assault charges as an anti-Asian bias related crime, but they did not add an anti-gay classification to the charges.

Court records show that Trebat was released two days after his arrest while awaiting trial under the court’s High Intensity Supervision Program, which, among other things, imposed a curfew requiring him to return home by 10 p.m.

An Oct. 8 story in The Eagle, the American University student newspaper, says it learned that Trebat’s attorney filed a motion in court, which the Washington Blade also discovered from court records, asking a judge to extend the curfew deadline from 10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. so that Trebat could attend at night class at American University.

The motion, which prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not oppose and the judge approved, identified Trebat in the public court records as an AU graduate student.

According to the Eagle, representatives of the university’s Asian American and LGBTQ student groups criticized university officials for not alerting students that an AU student charged with an anti-Asian hate crime while hurling homophobic slurs had access to the campus and could pose a danger to students.

“Patrick Trebant is not affiliated with American University and is not allowed on campus,” AU told the Blade on Wednesday in a statement. “While we cannot discuss details of an individual matter, when a student has been arrested, charged, convicted of, or sentenced for a felony crime, the university’s student conduct code provides for an administrative adjudication process. The safety of our students and our community is our priority.”

The Eagle reports that the code of conduct states that the dean of students or their designee can administratively adjudicate a case when a student has been accused of a non-academic offense “where the student has been arrested, charged, convicted of, or sentenced for a felony crime” for certain misconduct. The code of conduct applies in a situation in which a student is arrested for an off-campus allegation.

Court records show Trebat is scheduled to return to court at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 for a felony status hearing before Superior Court Judge Judith Pipe.

Neither Trebat nor his attorney, Brandi Harden, could immediately be reached for comment.

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