This week, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office identified three people who will be charged with crimes in the anti-gay beating that took place in Center City September 11. This morning, all three turned themselves in to police.
Philip Williams and Kathryn Knott, both 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, all of Bucks County, surrendered accompanied by their attorneys today, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The group will be charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, and "related offenses," according to the Inquirer.
The three were allegedly part of a much larger group that viciously attacked a gay couple after an altercation in which homophobic slurs were used. Law enforcement officials told the Inquirer that only those who were involved in the physical fight were being charged with crimes. One member of the group who was not charged, an assistant basketball coach at the Archbishop Wood Catholic school, has since resigned from his job. The victims names' have not been released.
The alleged perpetrators will not be charged with hate crimes, because "no such protection exists in Pennsylvania," the Inquirer points out. The victims released a statement asking supporters to attend a rally at LOVE Park calling for a state hate-crime law at 2 p.m. tomorrow.