The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects who yelled anti-gay slurs before stabbing two men in Echo Park last month in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. News of reward, proposed by Councilman Eric Garcetti, was made before a community meeting – Echo Park United Against Hate Crimes – is scheduled to take place this evening in Echo Park.
The two men who were stabbed on May 24 on Echo Park Avenue near Montana Avenue may have been targeted because a rainbow flag – a symbol of gay pride – was placed on their bicycles. The suspects yelled anti-gay slurs at the two victims – who are not gay – before they were stabbed.
Police, who have not made any arrests in the case, have posted a pair of surveillance videos in an effort to find the suspects. Persons with information about the incident are asked to call the Northeast Division detectives at (323) 344-5751.