For Immediate Release
Melinda Sheldon, Georgia Equality
404-523-3070 ext 1
Brandon White Attackers Face Trial
Tuesday, May 29th
MAY 25, 2012, ATLANTA, GA - On February 4th, 2012, a video surfaced on the shock video site World Star Hip Hop showing Brandon White, a 20 year old gay man, being brutally beaten outside a convenience store in southwest Atlanta. The video shows the attackers punch the unsuspecting victim, and then they continually pummel him in the head and kick him while he's down on the sidewalk. The attackers shout "No faggots in Jack City" during the assault.
Javaris Bradford, Dorian Moragne, Christopher Cain and Darael Demare Williams are charged with robbery, aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity. The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 29th in Fulton County.
Georgia Equality is pleased that the Fulton County DA’s office has been diligent in their pursuit of justice for the victim in this case and we commend the Atlanta Police Department, U.S. Marshalls Office, and the FBI for the coordinated effort that resulted in the capture and arrest of the four attackers of Brandon White.
Unfortunately, state and local authorities are unable to prosecute this heinous act of violence and intimidation as a hate crime due to Georgia’s lack of a state hate crimes law. Georgia is one of only five states in the nation without such a law. This is why we are urging the Fulton County DA’s office to continue its cooperation with the Department of Justice as they continue to investigate this crime as a potential federal hate crime.
“An assault prosecution is not enough in this case. It is important to make a statement to would be offenders, as well as to the gay and transgender community, and other targeted communities in Georgia, that bias motivated crimes intended to intimidate and terrorize an entire community will absolutely not be tolerated and will receive maximum punishment,” says Georgia Equality Deputy Director, Melinda Sheldon. “It is time for lawmakers in Georgia to pass hate crimes legislation - give our local law enforcement agencies the tools and support they need to investigate and prosecute bias motivated crimes and build safer communities for all Georgians.”
Those who are victims of violence have a new local agency to turn to called Speak Out Georgia. Victims can report an incident of violence and receive victim assistance services including counseling. For more information on Speak Out Georgia visit www.SpeakOutGeorgia.org.
To join Georgia Equality’s efforts to pass a state hate crimes law and advance fairness, safety and opportunity for Georgia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and our allies visit www.GeorgiaEquality.org.
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