Assault Victim Believes Crime Was Bias-Motivated
KREX News Room
20-year-old Shane Williams has been arrested on multiple charges, one of the more serious being a second degree assault charge relating to the assault of Chelsea Gallagher.
"It's kind of scary. It makes me not want to go out ever," Gallagher said. It was a seemingly normal Thursday night out for Chelsea and her friends at the Red Room Bar and Lounge until they met two men in the bar. "He was kind of hitting on me until I told him I was gay," Gallagher said.
She says the two men then started to verbally attack her girlfriend Ashley. "Basically, they were mad I wasn't going home with them and that I ended leaving with my girlfriend. That's why they started talking bad about us," Gallagher said.
Witnesses say Ashely and one of the men started to physically fight, and when Gallagher tried to step in to stop it, she says, Williams got involved. "He took it upon himself to get me away, I guess. I don't know what he thought it was going to do. My roommate said that he picked me up from the waist and slammed me onto the ground," said Gallagher.
She suffered many injuries including serious head trauma that caused her to lose some of her memory of that night. Williams was charged with a felony for second degree assault charges. Gallagher and her family believe this was more than just a random attack.
"I think none of it would have happened if I wasn't gay," she said.
Gallagher says she's never had problems with discrimination that ended like this and said she's disappointed in the extent law enforcement said they could handle this situation. "Due to the fact that there's no camera recording on how we came together, they can't really make it about being a hate crime," Gallagher said.