ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the beating of a 20-year-old gay man that was captured on a widely viewed video.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said that officers have charged 18-year-old Christopher Cain with aggravated assault and robbery in the Feb. 4 attack outside a southwest Atlanta store.
Authorities are still seeking two other suspects in the beating of Brandon White. Their names haven’t been released.
Federal authorities are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime. Gay slurs are heard in the video as White is beaten. White told reporters that he shouldn’t have to fear for his life because he is gay.
It was not immediately known Saturday if Cain had hired an attorney.
Dozens of community residents turned out in cold weather Saturday to show support for White and solidarity against neighborhood crime, particularly when it is prompted by prejudice.
According to a video posted by WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/Axy0tg ), U.S. Rep. John Lewis told the crowd, “When you see something going wrong, you must do what you are doing here today.”