Atlanta police arrest 1 of 3 suspects in videotaped attack on gay man

Christopher Cain

Christopher Cain Atlanta Police

ATLANTA — Police have arrested one of three suspects in the videotaped beating of a 20-year-old gay man who was attacked outside a convenience store in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood on Feb. 4.

Atlanta Police

Christopher Cain

Christopher Cain, 18, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault and robbery, according to a statement from police spokesman Carlos Campos.

Police say they now have identified all three men who allegedly took part in the beating of 20-year-old Brandon White. The assailants kicked and punched White, while shouting anti-gay slurs at him.

White’s attackers have been identified as members of the 1029 Jack City Gang.

In an interview with the GA Voice, White discusses coming out as gay, what he would say to his attackers and what’s next.

“Instead of letting this hold me back and bring me down ― how can it help prosper me, how can it help me make myself better, make my life better. Those are the steps now going forward in my life instead of sitting around,” White said.

Police have not released the names or suspected whereabouts of the two other alleged assailants, but and federal authorities are considering seeking federal hate crime charges against the suspects, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The attack on White was videotaped and posted online with the headline, “Dead Wrong: Man Wearing Skinny Jeans Gets Sucker Attacked & G’z Throw a Tire On Him for Being Gay.”

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