Video shows attack on trans woman in Little Five
UPDATE at 6:55 pm, July 3: The GA Voice got in touch with the person who shot the video. The person, who hasn’t been identified, has taken down the video and told the GA Voice the victim wasn’t attacked because she is transgender. To read the full story, click here.
A video posted online Tuesday showing a vicious attack on a transgender woman in Little Five Points quickly went viral, but there’s a lack of information about the incident.
Employees of the businesses that surround the scene of the attack didn’t see or hear anything strange. The video was posted on Tuesday but it’s unclear when the incident occurred.
Here is the video, which was uploaded by Patrick Saunders with the GA Voice. It contains disturbing images and explicit language. UPDATE: The video has been removed because it violated YouTube’s terms of service.
The victim hasn’t been identified.
The Atlanta Police Department is taking the matter seriously, Sgt. Greg Lyon said.
“Investigators went to the area last night to search for the victim/witnesses but have not located anyone,” Lyon said. “They are continuing their investigation today to try and find a victim.”
Lyon did not know when the attack occurred. No one filed a police report about the incident.
Decaturish.com visited the businesses around the scene of the attack on July 3 to find out if anyone had seen anything.
Peter McBride, who works at Stratosphere Skateboards, said he is usually working at the store and didn’t see anything.
Employees at Junkmans Daughter, which is next to Stratosphere, said they didn’t notice anything either. They noted that there’s been parking attendants in place all week long because of people watching the World Cup events, but the attendant didn’t report anything. Also, word travels quickly in Little Five and they said they hadn’t heard about it until Decaturish approached them on July 3.
Manager Amber Moore is surprised that the attack occurred in broad daylight and no one called police.
“I would’ve assumed somebody would’ve heard,” she said.
Ditto at Aurora Coffee, which is also next to Stratosphere. Baristas there said that they were told about the incident but didn’t witness it.
Decaturish asked Lyon whether police had any questions about the authenticity of the video.
“It looks real to me,” Lyon said. “Zone 6 investigators are on this and trying to contact the victim.”
The GA Voice first broke the story, and noted that there was also a filmed attack on two transgendered women in May at a MARTA station. Police officers arrested two men in connection with that incident, the GA Voice reported.