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'I thought I died': Gay man Jack Price, beaten in Queens, talks…

3:08 pm - 10/17/2009
'I thought I died': Gay man Jack Price, beaten in Queens, talks about attack

The gay Queens man whose brutal beating was caught on tape spoke out for the first time Friday, saying he didn't expect to survive the attack.

"I thought I died," Jack Price, 49, told the Daily News from his bed at New York Hospital Queens. "I was bleeding all over the place."

With tubes running into his chest and nose, the resilient Price insisted he wouldn't want anyone else to face a similar fate.

"Better it was me," Price said in a pained voice, the stitches along his broken jaw clearly visible. "Someone else may not have survived it."

The courageous College Point man spoke out more than a week after the attack.

The late-night Oct. 8 beatdown left Price with a shattered jaw, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Daniel Rodriguez, 21, and pal Daniel Aleman, 26, the two goons cops say were captured on surveillance video repeatedly punching, kicking and stomping on Price, have been charged with felony assault as a hate crime.

The bruises on Price's face are healing, but his feelings toward Rodriguez and Aleman remain raw.

"I hope they rot in jail," Price said. "I don't understand how someone can do this to somebody. They almost killed another human being."

Price said he was on his way home when Rodriguez and Aleman, both of whom he recognized from the neighborhood, began taunting him.

Speaking in Spanish, the pair of thugs called Price a "stupid f-----" and "dumb f-----," he said.

"They didn't know I spoke Spanish," Price said.

He ducked into a bodega to grab cigarettes, but when he emerged, Rodriguez and Aleman confronted him again.

"I know where you live, f-----," one of the men said, Price recalled.

"You better run away before he kills you," the other said.

Moments later, the pair pounced.

Price said he doesn't remember much from the attack, only that he was surprised when he realized he was still alive.

"I took it pretty well," said Price, who's unsure when he'll be released from the hospital. "I still got home."

apocalypsos 17th-Oct-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
"Better it was me," Price said in a pained voice, the stitches along his broken jaw clearly visible. "Someone else may not have survived it."

Oh, honey.
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sunoftheskye 17th-Oct-2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
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sunoftheskye 17th-Oct-2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
hey_its_michael 17th-Oct-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Half the people who are against hate-crime laws don't actually understand how they work.

The other half...well, they just stubbornly disagree with the premise.

A few of my good friends, who are totally liberal in most every way, disagree with the laws. We have come to simply agree to disagree on the matter.
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hey_its_michael 17th-Oct-2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Only two? lol...that's really sad. One would expect a few more people on board with it.

I just don't understand why people don't care about intent, and the different effects the intent behind a crime has on communities. To me, it's completely logical to want to tackle intent based on race or sexual orientation, etc., etc., because that will have an effect on crime overall.
uluviel 17th-Oct-2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I just don't understand why people don't care about intent

Especially when most countries' justice system do consider intent. Take premeditated murder and involuntary manslaughter. The results is the same (victim's dead) but the justice system treats them differently because of the culprit's intent.

Anyone who disagrees with hate crime laws should logically disagree with the fact that we have various degrees of murder. I'm guessing that's probably rarely the case. People are just bigots sometimes, even if it's not overtly or consciously.
hey_its_michael 17th-Oct-2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
"People are just bigots sometimes, even if it's not overtly or consciously."

Well, yes. However, one must be careful not to fall into the trap that all people (or even most) who disagree with one's opinion is a bigot. There are certainly those who disagree with hate-crimes legislation whom I would consider bigoted; there are those who I don't consider bigoted. It depends on the person and their personal rational.

rhodanum 17th-Oct-2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
See, the first crowd's reasoning completely puzzles me. Over here (Romania, Eastern Europe) we've had very inclusive anti-discrimination and hate-crime legislation since 2003 and I've never heard of a case where someone ended up being charged with the committing of a hate-crime simply because they expressed negative opinions about homosexuality. This happens all the time over here -- the most that would happen would be a fine if the views are expressed on TV or radio and pass a certain limit (openly encourage violence or ruthlessly mock a particular person). However, that falls more under the guidelines of the Romanian broadcasting code, not hate-crimes legislation per se.

Hell, the Neo-Nazi fellows are allowed to angrily protest on the sidelines every year, when the Gay Pride Parade takes place. They only get in trouble with the police when they attempt to take any physical actions against the marchers.
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allagainst 17th-Oct-2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
augh: "Better it was me," Price said in a pained voice, the stitches along his broken jaw clearly visible. "Someone else may not have survived it."

jameth 17th-Oct-2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
i love how the second photo is from 20 years ago because that's how it is on gay dating sites (posting old pics that look nothing like your current self, etc.).

either that, or they ripped out his hair plugs in the attack.
sunoftheskye 17th-Oct-2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I was really confused why they used that old ass picture. I've seen current pictures of him on the news.
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crasherwake 18th-Oct-2009 07:16 am (UTC)
I thought they'd had to shave his head because of injuries. But I guess then they would've shaved it all off. :X

I dunno, after going through such an ordeal might as well show a flattering picture of the guy and people will think how great he looks.
rhodanum 17th-Oct-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oh gods. I just... I can't express how sad this makes me feel. I literally want to cry for this man, because it's heartbreaking to see him like this.

I honestly hope that those two cowards aren't allowed to get away with such a disgusting act.
ennifer_jay 17th-Oct-2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
I am seriously crying so hard right now. I hope those fuckers get life in prison.

"Better it was me," Price said in a pained voice, the stitches along his broken jaw clearly visible. "Someone else may not have survived it."

;_; x 100000000000
jmintmilano 17th-Oct-2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Honestly if this or something happened to me and I survived, whoever did it should disappear for ever because I would find them and kill them.
rockthecliche 18th-Oct-2009 01:54 am (UTC)
welcome_to_1984 18th-Oct-2009 01:04 am (UTC)
jesidres 18th-Oct-2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Seriously, this is horrific. But I hope, that the bastards who did this to him don't get let off with the stupid "gay panic" shit that everyone seems to be willing to believe. *sigh*
sunoftheskye 18th-Oct-2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Well the attacker's friends have already said the guy blew kisses at them. So I wouldn't be surprised.
magus_69 18th-Oct-2009 06:38 am (UTC)
crasherwake 18th-Oct-2009 07:21 am (UTC)
That's just... beyond sad. And to say it's better him than someone else...

They should go to jail. Here's hoping they will.
bitter_sweet05 18th-Oct-2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Better if it were nobody. =[ Things like this are just disgusting, this poor man...
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