Daughter of Chalfont Borough, PA Police Chief Arrested in Philly Gay-Bashing

Kathryn Knott, via her twitter profile. Knott is accused of assaulting two gay men in Philadelphia on September 11th.

Kathryn Knott, via her twitter profile. Knott is accused of assaulting two gay men in Philadelphia on September 11th.

The daughter of a local police chief has turned herself in to Philadelphia authorities after a warrant was issued for her arrest, along with two others, in an alleged assault on two gay men on the evening of September 11.

Kathryn Knott, daughter of Chalfont Borough Police Chief Karl Knott, and her cohort were tracked down via social media after surveillance footage of the group reportedly responsible for the attack was released by the Philadelphia Police Department.

All three suspects -Philip Williams, 24; Kathryn Knott, 24; and Kevin Harrigan, 26 – all of Bucks County – will be charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses.  Sexual-orientation as a motivation for assault is not a hate crime under Pennsylvania law. Councilman Jim Kenney has called for a federal investigation to facilitate such charges against the perpetrators of the September 11th, 2014 attack.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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