April 24, 2013

One of the state’s first openly gay politicians is attacked in a possible hate crime. Police said Jim Roth, former county commissioner and one-time member of the corporation commission, got assaulted by three men outside a metro bar earlier this month. Roth suffered some scrapes and bruises but is otherwise fine. Legally speaking, it’s hard for local police to classify these kind of assaults as hate crimes but Roth and others said there’s no doubt the crime was fueled by bigotry.