Police have given up their search of a suspect who threw a gay man into oncoming traffic in March because he was holding hands with his boyfriend in Atlanta.
“As we were walking up, a car started following slowly behind us,” the victim’s boyfriend, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “It was a BMW honking its horn. It was just making us really uncomfortable.”
He said the man then yelled “f——t,” punched his boyfriend in the back of the head, and shoved the man into the street.
Video footage of the incident was obtained from the Atlanta Police Department and show the man being thrown into the street in front of Joe’s on Juniper, an LGBT-favorite restaurant in Atlanta.
The video shows the man lying in the street as an oncoming car changes lanes and nearly hits another vehicle in attempt to avoid hitting the man in the street. The victim is able to get up and return to the sidewalk.
“I didn’t know what happened at that time, all I know is [the victim] is in the street,” a witness said. “It all happened so fast.”
The boyfriend recorded a video of the car and license plate and took it to the police. Later they were told the driver could not be prosecuted because it was the passenger who attacked them.
“We were told they talked to the guy and they said he doesn’t know the passenger, and that he picked the guy up on one block and dropped him off on another,” the boyfriend said. “It’s crazy to me saying, ‘I don’t know the passenger in my car who beat up that guy.’ It’s just crazy, I don’t believe it.”
They were also told the investigator was unable to get a subpoena for the driver’s cell phone records.
“I was disappointed that the investigation ended with one conversation and that’s the best they can do,” the witness said. “I think they can do better than that, and I would encourage them to do better than that. I’m not laying a lot of blame on the police department but I’m also not giving them any awards.”