The young man who posted several Vine videos to the internet depicting a person being violently attacked in Little Five Points says the assault was not motivated by transphobia.
The Vine user with the username TriAngle SquarE, a skater who frequently hangs out in Little Five Points and who asked to not be identified by his name, said he saw people near the Stratosphere skate shop when what he described as an “intoxicated homeless woman” started berating and yelling at the group. The Atlanta Police Department and other are trying to find out what exactly happened.
“I saw this homeless lady yelling and cursing all these people,” he said. “She was yelling ‘fuck you’ and doing all this crazy stuff. It seemed like a usual day in Little 5 Points,” he said. “She seemed aggressive and was throwing herself on the ground.”
“There was nothing mentioned about gender. She was just yelling at us,” he said. “The videos don’t show the context of what happened.”
The alleged victim says clearly, “I have a pussy.” She yelled that as well as, “Fuck you, George Bush!” and was cursing other celebrities, he said.
The person was asked to leave the property by a Stratosphere employee but she refused to go and continued to yell and show, he said. The person is a homeless woman he has seen in Little Five Points a lot, he added.
“She refused to leave. She seemed to be starting fights,” he said.
The people he was with who were being yelled at offered her a cigarette to try to make her leave, according to the man who filmed the attack.
He said he started filming what was happening because what was happening was “so odd.”
Another man walked up to the group, who did not know was happening, and the homeless woman lunged at him, he said. That man pushed her to the ground and then stomped on her. According to the Vine use, the guy stepped on her shoulder, not her head. He said she was also helped up by others and was unfazed by the attack.
Everyone standing around yelled at the guy right after he stomped on the woman and he left the scene.
“Right after it happened all the bystanders were shocked and told him off. A couple bystanders helped her up. She was intoxicated and I saw her walking away,” he said. “She was not injured.”
“The real issue here is the homeless population in Little Five Points and that they don’t have anywhere to go,” he added.
The Vine video has been deleted Thursday morning after it went viral, he said. When asked if he was going to speak to the APD about the incident, he said he didn’t want to get too involved but would reach out to them.