Roommates, last month a disturbing video of a young boy being physically and verbally assaulted for allegedly being gay made its social media rounds. The clip received heavy criticism for its violence as well as concern for the child. Now, according to WSB-TV2, Atlanta Police have arrested two women and one man in connection to the video and assault. The suspects are being held at Fulton County Jail.
The video begins with the unidentified minor, dressed in a red t-shirt, being held by the back of his neck by an adult male. Multiple individuals can be heard speaking to the minor, with a female voice saying “now we gon show them getting yo a** beat.” The young boy keeps his eyes low except when answering taunting questions from the surrounding individuals. He’s repeatedly shoved and slapped on the side and back of his head, where the word “gay” appears to be shaved.
The child is reportedly under the custody and care of the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services. Investigators at Atlanta’s Special Victim’s Unit located the three suspects after the video was widely shared on social media. According to reports, “Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer,19; Brittney Monique Mills, 35; and Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 18” were picked up on “cruelty to children” charges.
The male, Jordan, who is allegedly the person committing bodily harm in the video, was also charged with “family violence battery.” Atlanta Police issued a statement on the alleged crime thanking the public for their help.
“The behavior in this social media post was difficult to watch and is absolutely unacceptable,” Atlanta Police said. “We are appreciative of the number of people who flagged this case with us and for those who provided information on the location where it took place.”
According to WSB-TV2, a local LGBT rights activist named Hope Giselle has partnered with Atlanta City Council candidate Devin Barrington-Ward to run a fundraiser for the victim.
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