Atlanta,GA.(WAOK)-Atlanta’s local gay community is planning a rally and vigil after an attack on a gay teen was caught on tape. Gay leaders say they are outraged by video footage of the brutal attack by members of a local Atlanta street gang called the Pittsburgh Jack City Gang. The video was posted on World Star Hip Hop and quickly went viral.
Local gay activists are calling on Atlanta’s leaders to aggressively find the men responsible for the attack and are encouraging the victim to come forward.
A rally, vigil and protest is planned for this week to demonstrate that these type of acts of hate will not be tolerated towards the LGBTQ community..
The video shows that the young man was caught off guard. Before the attack one of the men can be heard on the video saying “Round one Jack City. No f—-ts.” After the victim exits the store on McDaniel Street in Southwest Atlanta he was met with a brutal punch to the side of his head. During the attack the cameraman says, several times, “No f—-ts in Jack City.” An onlooker can also be heard saying, “No f—-ts.
United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “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.”
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