Three Georgia residents were busted after police reviewed a disturbing Instagram video that showed a 12-year-old boy being slapped after he shaved off the word “gay” in his hair.
“The behavior in this social media post was difficult to see and absolutely unacceptable,” Atlanta Police Department said in a statement.
The statement continued, “We appreciate the number of people who flagged this matter with us and those who provided information on the location where it happened.” “Our investigators worked hard to gather the evidence necessary to identify those involved and put each one behind bars, and we are grateful for their work.”
Police arrested 19-year-old Lorcilla Jamia Spencer, 35-year-old Brittany Monique Mills and 18-year-old Jarrod Richards-Navankov for cruelty to children – Richards-Navankov was also slapped with a battery charge, the statement said.
According to a police report, a video from June 17 shows a man telling the child, “You’re still having gay sex.”
“You think I just popped it in your head for no reason?” The man says, before slapping the child.
It seems that the child is trying to prevent his face from being hit further.
“So why do you say gay ass s-t,” the man reportedly said. He then pushes the child onto a chair and punches him, the report said.
When the video was posted on the Instagram page of Gaye Magazine, a black LGBTQ publication, it caught the attention of police who launched an investigation. A second video was posted a day after the first in which the child was allegedly pushed to say that his brother and sister had not abused him.
Atlanta police said the boy was placed in the care of the state Department of Family and Child Services.
City Council Candidate Devin Barrington-Ward 11 told alive That she spoke to the boy and his mother about the situation.
“As a black gay man, I’ve experienced some of the same homophobia and the same kind of abuse at the hands of some people I’ve loved as a child,” the candidate told the station. “If you saw that and you didn’t see anything wrong with it, you’re part of the problem.”