UPDATE: Were The Gay Slurs In Atlanta Bashing Not From The Attackers?
Written by Instinct Staff |
Tuesday, 07 February 2012
Earlier this month we witnessed a viral video of the brutal attack of Brandon White, a gay man in Atlanta, while his attackers yelled gay slurs at him in the process. Could it be that the slurs were being yelled from an off camera party? If so, can this still be a hate crime? This Atlanta saga continues after the jump.
Updated Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. PST)
Our heart broke when we watched Brandon White violently attacked in a video that aired a few weeks ago. With the controversy of whether or not White knew his attackers and whether or not those attackers dabbled in the homosexual arts, it seems the road to justice has more twists than Mulholland Drive. For those of you outside Los Angeles, that road is a bitch to drive.
Today Jay Abt, attorney of Dorian Moragne, one of the defendants in the case, said that the person voicing the gay slurs at White was not actually one of his attackers but rather the person behind the camera. However we are unsure why Abt is so concerned with who yelled what, as he’s adamant that his Moragne was not even at the scene. Are we just trying to cover all our bases, Mr. Abt?
Abt says Moragne will plead not guilty to aggravated assault and robbery charges. Two others also have been charged.
The fact is the slurs are heard in the video as three men punch and kick Mr. White, whether it’s from the attackers or the one allowing it to happen while he caught it on tape. In response to the demand from certain gay rights advocates, federal authorities are investigating whether or not hate crime charges should be filed.
While Georgia does not have any state laws regarding hate crimes, hate crime charges could be brought by Federal authorities.
(Updated Wednesday, 2:40 p.m. EST)
Brandon White, the victim of the jaw-dropping anti-gay attack at the hands of Atlanta's Pittsburgh Jack City gang we told you about on Tuesday, presented his story of the hate crime at a press conference today. Video and a transcript, after the break.
"I feel that I was very violated," White told reporters. "I don't bother anyone. I'm a very to-myself person. I feel that if a straight person can walk to the store and not have a problem, I should be able to do the same. I shouldn't have to worry about whether I should look over my shoulder, or is this person going to attack me, or is that person going to attack me for just being a gay male. I feel as though I should have justice, because those guys didn't feel my pain. They didn't care whether or not I was injured. I could have died that day. They don't know what they do to people. They're monsters."
Do these gang members expect us to think they’re “hardcore” when they attack unsuspecting victims with a highly imbalanced attacker to attackee ratio? Hardcore? Hardly. Sad and horrific are more the words that came to mind when we saw this recent video from Atlanta in which a gang lashes out on an unsuspecting man in what is now being investigated as a federal hate crime. Video, albeit unpleasant, after the jump.
In a recent story by CBS News Atlanta, members of what is called "The Pittsburgh Jack City Gang" violently ambushed a young man exiting a convenience store. Two videos are circulating of the incident. One of which is surveillance footage from the store while the other was taped by one of the gang members and later posted on the website World Star Hip-Hop.
Project Q Atlanta reports one of the attackers shouted "no faggots in Jack City" in the original clip. The language and slurs have been removed as part of the news broadcast. It appears the video is no longer on the original site.
Warning: this is not one video you’ll want to watch twice.
In a story by the Washington Post, Sharon Stapel, executive director of the Anti-Violence Project, says the footage is an “incredibly disturbing representation of the physical violence that LGBT people face every day in this country."
The victim, Brandon White, finally came forward after being encouraged by the Atlanta GLBT community and police in order to help get these, dare we say, homophobic cowards, off the streets. He is scheduled to speak tomorrow about the attack.