The Atlanta Police Department has made an arrest following the horrific videotaped beating of a young gay Atlanta man on February 4. The videotape of Brandon White's beating has become viral video and federal agents are investigating if the case could be prosecuted as a hate crime.
"Christopher Cain, 18, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of aggravated assault and robbery. He was taken to the Fulton County Jail. Police are still searching for two others involved in the beating," reports WSB-TV.
The video surfaced on Monday and quickly went viral across the internet. The 20-year-old victim could be seen leaving a store and ambushed by three young men. White was viciously beaten as another man laughed repeatedly, "No faggots in Jack City." White can be seen being kicked, punched, hit with a tire—even his cell phone is used to punch him in the face.
White recalls the horrific beating in a new interview with The GA Voice. "I was calling my grandma and as the phone was ringing someone just hit me on the side of my head and from there came the kicks, the punches and the screams. I didn't know they threw a tire until I saw the video," said White. "And just like that they took off running. I walked home, packed up a few things and left."
White adds that he has not told his mother or family that he was gay—until now. Read the full interview HERE.
The FBI is investigating if the attack was a hate crime because the victim was targeted because he is gay. The federal intervention was needed because Georgia is one only five states without a hate crimes law. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta will make the final decision on whether to pursue the federal prosecution.