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Off-Duty Police Sgt., Son Beat Up Man, Mistaken for Gay

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday July 10, 2008

An off-duty sergeant with the Greeley, CO police department and his son reportedly beat up a straight man in case of homophobic mistaken identity.

The Greeley Tribune reported that a bar brawl broke out at the Potbelly Deli and Bar in the early hours of July 6. The establishment's owner Dave Duty, said that Sgt. Kell Hulsey struck Brian Carter, 35, a patron of the bar who Hulsey's son, Daniel, 28, mistook for a gay man.

Daniel Hulsey reportedly was under the impression that Carter, a straight man, was cruising him.

According to Duty, as well as to Sean McGlothlen, a bartender at The Potbelly, Sgt. Hulsey struck first, leading to a brawl between the Hulsey men and several of the bar's other patrons.

Said McGlothlen of the Greeley police sergeant, "The fact that he is going out and starting a bar fight is really disturbing."

Continued McGlothlen, "It scares me that he is allowed to carry a badge."

Daniel Hulsey reportedly also assaulted Carter when he struck Carter with a beer glass. Daniel Hulsey was taken into custody on suspicion of third-degree assault, the Greeley Tribune reported.

Sgt. Hulsey is not on duty pending conclusion of an investigation into the incident, reported The Greeley Tribune in a July 9 article.

According to McGlothlen, Sgt. Hulsey leapt from a patio attached to the bar and ran off into the night. A contradictory report from Eloise Campanella, a spokesperson for Larimer County, indicated that it was Daniel Hulsey who fled; according to Campanella, Hulsey was later tracked down by a police dog unit.

Carter received 20 stitches after being airlifted to a hospital.

Carter declined to comment for the story, the Greeley Tribune reported, but Duty said that the incident led to a loss of business when he had to close early, losing out on the Fourth of July crowd.

Duty reportedly was contemplating a lawsuit against the Hulseys.

Said the establishment owner, "It is shocking. Usually you think no one is above the law."

Added Duty , "But why is the son singled out and not him (Kell Hulsey) when they were both guilty?"

Carter was not the only one reportedly injured by Hulsey; Eric Haenschen claimed that Sgt. Hulsey turned on him when he attempted to intervene in the attack on Carter.

Said Haenschen, "He hit me over 10 times in the head."

Haenschen reportedly received a CT scan.

According to Haensachen, Sgt. Hulsey had a message for the bar crowd before fleeing.

"'You're all going to die for this,'" Haenschen quoted the officer as screaming before he reportedly exited the bar.

Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner released a statement on July 9 saying that the sergeant would not be on duty during the investigation into the fracas.

Said Garner, "Greeley citizens properly have very high expectations of their police officers."

Added Garner, "Whether it is the chief or the newest rookie, proven police misconduct will result in the most serious consequences. On that you have my word."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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