June 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Juvenile arrested in beating of gay man at Detroit's Pride Festival

Christin Howard (Facebook)

Detroit — Police have arrested a 16-year-old in connection with the beating of a gay man at the Motor City Pride Festival in downtown Detroit last weekend.

The suspect was arrested for being one of five to eight men that attacked ChristinHoward, 20, an openly gay man who was celebrating the Pride Festival along the RiverWalk on June 8, according to police.

“Investigators are diligently working toward trying to identify more suspects,” Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

The brutal attack was captured on video and posted on YouTube. The video shows Howard attempting to defend himself, even taking one of the assailants to the ground until he is overcome by the group, which continued to punch and kick him while he was on all fours.

The brutal beating started when the young men circled Howard while he was getting a picture taken with a friend, according to Equality Michigan, a statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization for Michigan's LGBT communities.

The men apparently made comments about Howard’s long hair before calling him homophobic slurs and threatening him.

Detroit police said no other information was available on the juvenile arrested.

A fundraiser titled “Help Gay Bashing Victim Christin Howard” has raised over $1,000 by Friday afternoon. According to the site, Howard suffered a broken hand and a ruptured eye in the assault.

Earlier this week, Detroit police said the incident was not being investigated as a hate crime.

No other arrests have been made in the case, police said Friday afternoon. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-1290

(Editor’s Note: Video contains strong language and violence)

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