From the AP:
February 29, 2008 -- An organization for gay police officers is upset that a case could be dropped against a former TV news anchor who was accused of attacking a cop and making a homophobic remark.
The New York City Region of the Gay Officers Action League said Wednesday it was "outraged and deeply concerned" that prosecutors downgraded the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. The judge said the charge would be dismissed if Alycia Lane is not arrested in the next six months.
The charge stems from a Dec. 16 altercation.
Lane, 35, confronted undercover officers, made homophobic remarks and struck a female officer in the face, according to the original criminal complaint in the case. The decision not to prosecute Lane on the original charge, the group said, sends a "disturbing message" to the public.
While the original complaint said the assault caused facial lacerations and swelling, prosecutors said the scratches did not rise to the level of physical injury that a felony charge requires.
Lane denies the charges.