HATE CRIME?

Why Hasn’t This Gay-Bashed Atlanta Man Come Forward To Report The Crime?

CBS Atlanta has shocking footage of a recent gay-bashing in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood. Two different videos of the incident show three gang members viciously attacking a feminine-looking man as he exits a grocery store, yelling anti-gay slurs at him.The only problem with prosecuting the case? The victim hasn’t come forward. So, if you are the man who was violently attacked and called anti-gay names in Atlanta recently, now is the time to come forward.

Two videos of the account exist because a fourth gang member, claiming to be a member of the Jack Gang, videotaped the crime himself and posted it online yesterday. CBS also had footage of the grocery store’s surveillance camera.

Atlanta LGBT advocate Devin Ward says he thinks the man might not have come forward yet because of the stigma of being gay, especially in the black community. Ward hopes the police will investigate it as a hate crime.

“This man was assaulted,” said Ward, “and there were derogatory terms thrown towards him while he was being assaulted. That means it was a hate crime.”

Even the FBI is getting involved. Says United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates:

“Combating violent gang activity in our District, including the Pittsburgh community, is a priority of this office, as are any potential civil rights violations based on a person’s sexual orientation. Along with the Atlanta Police Department, we are working to determine if the actions portrayed in the video violate federal law, including the hate crime statute. The actions depicted in the video are appalling and unacceptable in our community, and we encourage anyone with information about this video to contact the FBI or Atlanta police.”