Man, 18, charged in taped beating
ATLANTA — 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 officers have charged Christopher Cain, 18, 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.
Dozens of community residents turned out in cold weather Saturday to show support for White and solidarity against crime, particularly when it is prompted by prejudice. According to a video posted by WSB-TV, U.S. Rep. John Lewis told the crowd, “When you see something going wrong, you must do what you are doing here today.”
Winter blast brings some snow flurries
ATLANTA — Winter made a comeback in Georgia on Saturday as icy winds chilled residents who had become accustomed to unseasonably warm temperatures. Snow flurries fell in some northern counties.
The state Department of Transportation sent crews to extreme northeast Georgia to clear snow from state routes in Towns and Union counties, where less than half an inch had accumulated.
Flurries were reported as far south as the northern areas of metro Atlanta as a cold front crossed the Southeast. Wind chills were forecast in single-digits for northern parts of the state this morning.
Wind advisories warned of possible gusts of up to 40 mph in Macon and other middle Georgia communities, with sustained winds of up to 25 mph.
Forecasters warned Georgians to brace for a few days of wet, chilly weather with a possibility of sleet mixed with snow in northern counties Monday and Tuesday. Southern Georgian could see sleet and rain.