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Santa Barbara Leaders, Residents Rally To Show Hate Crimes Won’t Be Tolerated In City

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:58pm

Santa Barbara leaders, and residents rallied today to show they will not tolerate hate crimes in the city, in the wake of an attack which sent one man to the hospital

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and the Pacific Pride Foundation’s David Selberg were among those speaking out in the wake of a brutal New Year’s morning attack on two men in downtown Santa Barbara.

Three men attacked the duo, assuming they were gay.

One of the victims suffered a broken jaw, and head injuries, while the other escaped with minor injuries.

Santa Barbara Police are looking for eyewitnesses who might help identify the suspects in the attack, which happened just before two a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Chapala, and Ortega Streets.

About 150 people were on hand today for a news conference at city hall, followed by a march to the scene of the attack.

Link to cellphone video of attack released by police:   Video Of Santa Barbara Attack

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