Monday, February 13, 2012

Gay-Bashing Arrest In Atlanta Case

Progress being made in hate-crime investigation.

A few days after graphic footage of an Atlanta teenager being beat up by a gang went viral on the Internet, the victim came forward, and police arrested the first of three suspects.

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution :

Atlanta Police arrested one of three suspects in the videotaped beating of a 20-year-old gay man in southwest Atlanta early Saturday, the same day the community held a rally to denounce rampant crime and violence.

Christopher Cain was taken into custody without incident around midnight in the DeKalb County portion of the city, police said. He was charged with aggravated assault and robbery and transported to the Fulton County Jail.

Police say they now have identified all three men who allegedly took part in the beating of the man, kicking and punching him while shouting anti-gay invectives.

Brandon White was attacked last Saturday in front of a corner market at 1029 McDaniel Street in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Pittsburgh by men identified as members of the 1029 Jack City Gang.

Video footage of the attack came to the attention of police and the FBI when it was posted online, and federal authorities are considering seeking federal hate crime charges against the suspects. ...

Police have not released the names or suspected whereabouts of the two other alleged assailants, but a $15,000 reward is offered for information leading to their capture and prosecution. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta, 404-577-8477. ...

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