by: Alison Grande Updated:
SEATTLE, Wash. - Sick of the violence on Seattle's Capitol hill, a crowd of people who live, work and play there, marched through the streets Friday night.
They held candles, marched and shouted, “We won’t be scared we won’t be beat, out of the bars and in to the street!”
They hoped to draw attention to the increase in crime. Capitol Hill is known for its diverse community, but now residents fear they’re being targeted.
Jason Jacobs was beaten in early August. He’s convinced it’s because he is gay.
“I was like wearing pink shoes and they were saying ‘fag’ and other things, and that’s all I really remember,” Jacobs told KIRO 7.
He was hospitalized with a broken eye socked, broken ribs, a broken nose, and a concussion.
Early this summer, in June, a man was attacked outside the Comet Tavern. The victim was black. Five teens were charged with a hate crime for beating the man who they believed was gay.
Danny Walters works nearby and broke up the vicious attack. “I heard some noise and looked back and they were jumping him and yelling racial and homophobic things at him,“ remembered Walters.
Friday night, people out at restaurants and bars watched the march. That’s what organizers hoped. They want people to help combat crime.
“It’s going to take the neighborhood and community waking up, and when you hear someone screaming to look out the window and be a good witness, “ said march organizer Shaun Knittel.
The march wove through Capitol Hill and ended at Cal Anderson Park.
Earlier in August, the city started leaving the lights on all night with hopes to cut down crime.