Victim In Videotaped Atlanta Beating Says Scars "Run Deeper Than Anyone Will Know."
The Atlanta man seen being viciously beaten in a harrowing viral video today called his attackers “monsters” who left him with scars that “run deeper than anyone will know.”
Speaking at a press conference, Brandon White, 20, said that he “could have died” Saturday afternoon when he was assaulted outside a convenience store in the city’s Pittsburgh neighborhood. He added that nobody should worry that they will be attacked “for just being a gay male.”
One of White’s assailants referred to him as a “faggot” on the video (as did the cameraman and another onlooker). Atlanta police are hunting for White’s attackers, while FBI agents and federal prosecutors are examining the assault to determine whether a hate crimes prosecution is warranted.
The unemployed White said that he did not know his attackers and was unaware that the assault was being videotaped. “I was very violated,” said White, who added, "Who's to say they won't come after me again...Who's to say this time they won't try to kill me."
White said that the filming of the assault--and the subsequent uploading of a clip online--was his assailants’s way of trying to draw attention to their barbarism. However, by coming forward to cooperate with authorities, White remarked, “I’m the brave one.”