“The way they were maneuvering us and the way that they pinned us down, it was like they were trained to do that,” Coppedge said. “I want them to be charged.”

Coppedge sustained a bruised neck and chest, as well as a cut in his eyelid.

Local news reports that the CMPD did not respond to multiple requests for comments, and that a police report states the gay couple were assaulted by “an unknown suspect”.

Hate crimes in the US have risen to a 10-year high, it was reported earlier this summer.