Atlanta gang makes video of ‘faggot’ beating

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A 30-second video posted Sunday to a hip hop website shows a brutal anti-gay assault that apparently took place in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood.

A group of men, reportedly members of an Atlanta street gang named Pittsburgh Jack City Gang, attacked a man as he walked out of a grocery store on McDaniel Street in Southwest Atlanta. “No faggots in Jack City” is repeated by the person recording the attack.

From the Smoking Gun, which first reported the video:

As seen above, the video opens with an unseen cameraman and a second man outside the grocery store. The second man announces, “Round one. Jack City. No faggots.” Then, after a diminutive man exits the grocery, an assailant approaches him from behind and delivers a brutal punch to the side of the victim’s head. The man’s cell phone flies from his hand and he crumples to the ground.

The victim is then set upon by three men who punch and stomp him while he tries to cover his head. One of the attackers–who is wearing a shirt with “Jack Gang” imprinted on the back–even strikes the victim in the head with a tire.

As the man is beaten, the giggling cameraman announces, four times, “No faggots in Jack City.” An onlooker can be heard saying, “No faggot, man.” The video ends after one assailant picks up the victim’s cell phone and then punches the man in the head while holding the device.

The Smoking Gun alerted Atlanta police, who said the video was turned over to its gang unit and LGBT liaisons. A statement is pending from an agency, a spokesperson told Project Q Atlanta.

It is not clear when the video was created or when the attack took place. But the Smoking Gun says Worldstar, where the video was first posted, uploads similar videos shortly after they are created. It’s been viewed nearly 162,000 times.

UPDATE: Atlanta police are asking witnesses to step forward by contacting police in Zone 3 or Crime Stoppers.

The Atlanta Police Department is working to determine more about the attack depicted on this video, including attempting to identify the victim and the perpetrators. We are also working to determine if the victim filed a police report, or if police were called to the scene. We have engaged investigators and officers in Zone 3 – where the incident appears to have taken place – the Gangs Unit and the Homeland Security Unit, which investigates bias crimes. Our LGBT liaisons have also been made aware of the video. We encourage the victim to come forward to discuss the incident with investigators.

UPDATE II: Two LGBT activists, Devin Barrington-Ward and Adolph St. Arromand, said Monday that they are planning a rally, vigil and protest over the video. Details of the event have not been announced. Barrington-Ward works with Change Atlanta.

Atlanta is commonly known as the black gay Mecca, thousands of black gay men from around the world leave their homes to come to Atlanta for a better life, for increased accepted and for their safety. This act directly rocks the very foundation of our city, a city that is the birth place of the civil rights movement which strived for all people to be accepted and to live without fear of being harmed due to who they are.

UPDATE III: WSB-TV reports that the store owner was inside during the incident, but was not aware of the attack and did not call police. “We’re unable to locate an incident where police were called,” Sgt. Curtis Davenport says. Atlatna police investigators were at the store late Monday afternoon as part of their investigation into the incident.


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