- Atlanta police have arrested three people in connection with a viral video posted on Instagram.
- The video shows a boy with the word “gay” shaved in his hair who is hit on the head.
- The arrested people have been charged with various charges related to the cruelty of children and the battery.
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Atlanta police have announced the arrests of three people in connection with a viral Instagram video depicting a child with the word “gay” shaved on the side of his head who was hit and pushed.
The video, kept online by Atlanta’s Black LGBTQ publication Magazine Gaye, shows a young man with the word “gay” shaved on the side of his head. In it, a man who appears to be an adult hits the child on the side of the head several times, pushing him while making statements such as “you always make gay s —.”
Local 11Alive printing station reported that the video was recorded by an Instagram Live on June 17th. According to an incident report made public by the Atlanta Police Department, officials became aware of the video after it was posted on Instagram and reported by Gaye magazine. For the same incident report, there were two other videos related to the incident, including one in which the child said he was not abused (with other voices heard at the bottom of the video) and a another in which the child is mocked for the haircut.
In a July 16 press release, the Atlanta Police Department said it had charged Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer, 19, and Brittney Monique Mills, 35, of child cruelty, and Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 18, of child cruelty and domestic violence. batteries. In the statement, the department said it had not disclosed the relationship of those arrested with the victim to protecting the identity of the victim.
According to police, the child was placed in custody by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) on June 18.
Devin Barrington-Ward, a candidate for city council in District 9 of Atlanta where the child’s home is located, told 11Alive that he had spoken with the child and the mother. According to Barrington-Ward, the boy was thanked for the support but also stressed about being kicked out of his house.
“As a weird black man, I’ve experienced some of the same homophobia and some of the same abuse from people I loved as a child,” he told 11Alive. “If you’ve seen it and you haven’t seen anything wrong with it, you’re part of the problem.”
For Fulton County Prison records, all three suspects were booked on July 16th. Court records show that Richards-Nwankwo released a $ 50,000 bond and was released from custody on Sunday and Spencer placed a $ 40,000 bond and was released from custody on Monday. It was not immediately clear if Mills had been released. Court documents did not disclose the dates of the upcoming trial.
Richards-Nwankwo’s lawyer, Gift Nwankwo, and Mills’ attorney general, Eric Cho, did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment. A social media profile that appeared to belong to Spencer did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, and no attorneys were listed on the court documents.
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