Man punched for refusing to discuss Ferguson shooting
A man assaulted by three thugs for refusing to discuss the “Mike Brown situation” while riding the MetroLink in St. Louis last week has spoken out, saying that other passengers not only refused to help, but laughed throughout his ordeal.
The 43-year-old white victim was punched and kicked in the face after one of the attackers sat next to him and asked him what he thought about the “Mike Brown situation,” a reference to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last year which prompted widespread unrest and an increase in violence against police officers.
When the victim refused to discuss the issue, the violent assault began. The attackers left the train when a security officer boarded.
Responding to the incident, the unnamed victim told KMOV, “I think it was disgusting that no one [helped], people were sort of laughing and smiling about it. No one offered to help and no one attempted to call 911.”
The victim suffered numerous injuries, including a laceration on his nose, bruising on his face and forehead as well as a broken bone in his hand.
Video footage of the assault features the person filming the incident laughing and also picks up the sound of passengers sat near the victim laughing.
The victim has started a GoFundMe campaign to help him buy a motorcycle so he doesn’t have to take the train. The money will also be used to help other victims of assault in the area.
Meanwhile, Cahokia resident Lamar Gines has offered a $500 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, commenting, “I’m just fed up with it, just fed up with seeing that, I want to be one of the ones who puts a positive spin on the news. If it starts with me, then that’s what I’m here to do.”
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