FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2009
STATEMENTS OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN ON APPREHENSION OF HATE CRIME SUSPECT
Statement of Mayor Bloomberg:
"There can never be true justice for Jack Price, the victim of a vicious anti-gay attack early Thursday morning near his home in College Point, Queens. Thankfully though, both suspects in the case have now been apprehended. Detectives from NYPD's Hate Crimes Unit arrested the first suspect soon after the attack, and they tracked the second suspect to Norfolk, Virginia, where, this evening, at the request of the NYPD, U.S. Marshals and Norfolk police took him into custody at a relative's home. It's the latest example of the excellent work of the men and women of the NYPD under the leadership of Ray Kelly. Jack Price remains in stable condition at New York Hospital Queens, and we are all praying for his recovery. Hate crimes like this one are particularly distasteful and won't be tolerated in our City. I have the highest respect for Queens District Attorney Brown, and I know he will prosecute these offenses swiftly, sending the message that our City's commitment to tolerance will not be tarnished."
Statement of Speaker Quinn:
"I want to thank Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for taking a personal interest in this case, as well as the NYPD, the U.S. Marshals and the Norfolk police for taking swift action against this heinous crime. When someone is attacked for being who they are, and for being proud of who they are, it is clear that hatred and bigotry is the motive. This assault will not be tolerated by New Yorkers. My thoughts and prayers are with Jack Price and his family."
Stu Loeser (Mayor) (212) 788-2958
Jamie McShane (Speaker) (212) 788-7177