“It’s so many things that came together to make this happen,” Mitchyll Mora, one of a handful of activists who worked on El-Amin’s behalf, told Mic. “And this happens to queer black people all the time. Communities are being railroaded into jail.”
El-Amin was convicted of low-level felony assault with a gay white couple, in which the defendant said he was acting in self-defense. The first images of the incident came from a video that starts midway through the altercation, in which El-Amin strikes Jonathan Snipes over the head with a chair. The video, shot on May 5, 2015, was posted online only hours after the assault between El-Amin, Snipes and Snipes’ then-boyfriend Ethan York-Adams. The video showed a large black man — El-Amin is 6'6" and almost 300 pounds — harming two smaller white men.