A shocking video, which shows a Detroit man pointing a gun and shouting homophobic slurs at an unsuspecting man, is riling up the internet like never before. Even more shockingly, the disturbing video, which has gone viral since it emerged first on micro-blogging site Twitter, was reportedly shot and uploaded by the man who points the gun in the video in an attempt to brag about his masculinity.
The Detroit Police are treating the incident as a hate crime and are reportedly trying to reach the victim in an effort to identify the homophobic man.
You can watch the shocking video below.
Warning: Video contains homophobic slurs. Viewer discretion is advised.
The 32-second video, which was uploaded by the Twitter handle @binswanson, shows a man emerging from a liquor store when another man, who is sitting in a parked car, calls out to him. The unsuspecting victim, believing that the man in the car had something to say to him, approaches the car.
It is now when the man in the car takes out a gun and goes on a homophobic tirade, forcing the victim to duck for cover.
“Hey, take your motherf***ing pants off,” the man in the video can be heard saying. “Man, get the f**k on before I bust your a**.”
The video went viral on the internet soon after it was uploaded, attracting many comments that chided the man for his ghastly acts. The Twitter handle that uploaded the video went private in the face of overwhelming criticism. A day later, the same video emerged on Periscope, where the Twitter user reportedly bragged that he was the man who pulled the weapon, according to the Washington Post.
“Give me my props,” he said, without identifying himself.
“I wasn’t telling the n***er to take his f**king pants off right then and there because, if he would have, he would have been shot. Period.”
People on Twitter and Periscope who saw the video confronted the man for his actions, but not only was he unapologetic for what he did, he went on to say that his actions were justified because he thought the man emerging from the liquor store was gay.
“I don’t give a f**k about none of that s**t y’all saying… I hate gay n***er save that s**t,” he said.
He then went on to challenge the police to catch him.
— FF (@fonzfranc) July 13, 2016
Sgt. Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department said that both the incident and the video are deeply disturbing, adding that the unprovoked episode is being treated as a hate crime, according to CBS Detroit.
“Obviously this is very troubling,” he said.
“Anytime a person would feel comfortable or brazen enough to point a weapon at an individual and then post it up on social media for everybody to see… it’s very troubling.”
Woody added that the man who pointed the gun in the shocking video could potentially face felonious assault and hate crimes charges.
The victim of the incident, a 23-year-old man hailing from Detroit who refused to identify himself, confirmed to a local reporter later that he was attacked because he is gay, before thanking social media supporters who have stood by him.
“There’s no reason to be homophobic. It’s 2016,” the victim said.
“I’m thankful for all the people that’s supporting me and standing by me. It could have been a tragic situation.”
Stephanie White, executive director of Equality Michigan, said the video is extremely disturbing for members of LGBT community and implored the police to take swift action against the man who shot the video.
“It’s disappointing and sad,” she said.
“We see a variety of incidents like this, but this is more hostile.. I’m glad the police said they were investigating and clearly there are laws against threatening people and pointing guns at people. But unfortunately, what we don’t have in Michigan is hate crime laws that cover this kind of threat against LGBT people.”
This is not the first time that members of the LGBT community have been attacked because of their sexual orientation in Detroit, but this is certainly the first time that a homophobic person has recorded his hate crime and then posted the shocking video on social media to brag about it.
[Image via Twitter]