September 4, 2018 at 10:26 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Police release video of Check It vandalism suspect

Check It, gay news, Washington Blade

D.C. police have released video of a woman they suspect vandalized Check It Enterprises in Anacostia on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy of GoFundMe)

D.C. police have released a video of an unidentified woman who allegedly threw a brick through the large double-pane window last week of the storefront building in Anacostia occupied by the LGBT youth organization Check It Enterprises.
 
Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the woman, who at least one witness said shouted anti-gay insults as she reportedly smashed the window and damaged the building’s front door about 6:10 a.m. last Tuesday, Aug. 28.
 
Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit, said additional information obtained in the investigation of the incident resulted in a revision of the official police report on the incident to list it as a “suspected hate crime – anti-gay.”
 
An earlier police report listed the incident only as a case of destruction of property.
 
Ron Moten, an advisor to Check It Enterprises and a mentor to its members, told the Washington Blade a witness informed him the person who threw the brick through the window was a woman who appeared to be wearing a diaper. He said the witness heard the woman yelling anti-gay insults as she walked away from the scene.
 
The video released by police, which was obtained from nearby security cameras, appears to confirm the witness’s description of a woman wearing what looks like a large diaper and possibly a bra covering her upper body.

 
Check It members are comprised mostly of LGBT youth of color who formed the organization from what had been known as the Check It street gang. They said they formed what was thought to be one of the first known LGBT gangs more than 10 years ago as a means of protection against others who threatened them with violence because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
 
Members, who vowed to end their status as a gang, formed Check It Enterprise with the assistance of Moten out of their interest in fashion clothing and building a combination community center and business to produce and sell clothing, including their own line of t-shirts.
 
With help from Moten, the group created a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover the cost of repairing the damaged window and door.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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