Caught on camera: Man rips down Pride flag from San Jose home

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

San Jose residents are reacting after a Pride flag was ripped down from a home last week.

The incident happened Friday night in San Jose’s Almaden Valley neighborhood.

A home surveillance video obtained by NBC Bay Area on Monday showed a man jumping out of a black car, running to a home and tearing down a Pride flag. He was then seeing running off and jumping back into the car, and leaving the area.

“It felt violating. Kind of felt dehumanizing,” Huy Le told NBC Bay Area on Sunday.

Le showed NBC Bay Area the damaged flag holder and shredded flag. He is a Pride center counselor at De Anza College and said he hung the flag to celebrate Pride month.

“The whole purpose was to show to it’s safe place for them, so they know they can come here and be whatever they identify as,” he said.

Gabrielle Antolovich with the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center said she has seen an increase in Pride flags being vandalized and firmly believes this was a hate crime.

“It’s an expression of hate and it’s to intimidate people in our community not to be who we are,” she said.

Antolovich added its important the community is aware of these incidents.

“To have this kind of backlash is really, very distressing,” she said.

Le said he doesn’t know who the person is but said as a pride center counselor, he knows students often face intolerance.

“I have students who tell me about the microaggressions that they face and similar things happen to them,” he said.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.