Portland Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000
to anyone with information that leads to an arrest of two suspects who beat up
and shouted homophobic slurs at a group of gay men as they left a bar May 30 on SW 11th
The two suspects are described as two white men in their late teens or early 20s. Both men have dark hair and are between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall.
Attorney General John Kroger's office also this week announced a new hate crime reporting website
for victims of all hate crimes who might fear dealing with police. This reaction by law enforcement comes after a June 2 community forum
at the Q Center, in which people recounted how they were harassed or assaulted for being gay. Many said they did not report the crimes to the police because they thought the cops would not do anything to find the perpetrators or because they were intimidated by the officers themselves.