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The Michigan hoodlum who was filmed earlier this month maliciously beating a white Macy’s store manager has been charged with “assault to do great bodily harm less than murder,” a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison max.
For reasons that remain unclear, however, the man, identified by Flint news station WJRT as Damire Palmer, 18, hasn’t been charged with a hate crime as well.
“This was an unprovoked attack. The internal video for Macy’s shows the suspect approaching from behind the victim. The store manager appears unaware that he’s even there,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton reportedly said in a statement Friday.
This despite Palmer’s brother, Damarquay, having claimed, after the video below of the June 15th altercation went viral, that his brother had attacked the manager for mumbling the n-word.
This African American man beat a white employee of a Macy’s.
Security footage shows the attack was unprovoked.
Watch the video and tell me this shouldn’t be investigated as a hate crime.
— HARLAN Z. HILL 🇺🇸 (@Harlan) June 20, 2020
“This not the whole video but Me and bro in the mall n s**t and he ask this man otp did this shirt look to little he told hi yea and kept talking on the phone then mumbled talking about sum ‘no one just sum n****r’ he though we ain’t hear em because his mask was on,” Damarquay reportedly wrote in a tweet afterward.
Ironically, the only one who could be heard using the n-word repeatedly in the video above was Palmer …
In an interview last week with the New York Post, Damarquay doubled down.
He said the altercation began when his brother “got the shirt, just picked it up. He didn’t have it on physically. He just put it over his body. He asked him, ‘Does this shirt look too little?’ And he politely said, ‘Yes,’ and continued back on the phone with the remark, ‘No one, just some n—r.'”
But after an investigation, Macy’s announced in a statement late last week that it had found no evidence to corroborate Damarquay’s dubious side of the story, not that evidence of the manager using the n-word would have justified or excused a physical attack.
“We are deeply saddened about the incident that took place on Monday (June 15) at Macy’s Genesee Valley as the safety of Macy’s customers and colleagues is our top priority,” Andrea Schwartz, the senior director of media relations for Macy’s, said in an email to The Flint Journal.
“Violence in the workplace of any kind is unacceptable. All the materials from the evening have been reviewed and it is clear that the attack was unprovoked. We are working closely with local authorities on this investigation, and will defer any further comments about the case to them per policy.”
According to Leyton, the unnamed victim is still “shook up,” “emotionally upset” and “physically upset” over what happened.
“[H]e’s emotionally upset to think that, you know, anybody would think he said the alleged vile, racial, provoking slur; because he says he didn’t say it, and his history suggests he didn’t say it,” the prosecutor reportedly remarked.
Leyton added that the victim had briefly spoken with Palmer before the unprovoked attack.
“The assailant said to the store manager, ‘Does this jacket fit?’ And the store manager said to him, ‘No, it’s too small,'” he explained.
This all reportedly happened as the victim was on the phone with a coworker.
As he returned to call and continued reportedly walking to a different part of the store, he was suddenly attacked from behind by Palmer for reasons that he still doesn’t understand.
The co-worker whom the victim had been speaking with at the time told investigators that he never heard the n-word be uttered.
“Leyton added that the only person to mention the manager said anything inappropriate to Palmer was his brother who posted the video to social media. The prosecutor said that is not evidence,” WJRT reported.
And even if it were proven true, it wouldn’t make a difference, as noted earlier.
“Even if there were verbal provocation, which we have no evidence of, violent retaliation is not permitted by the law,” Leyton reportedly said.
As for Damarquay, he supports his brother no matter what.
“I’m behind my brother fully, because with everything else going on, what else can we do at this point?” he said to the Post last week. “All the hate and everything is not needed because nothing works. It was spur of the moment. That was his instinct.”
The increasingly far-left mainstream media originally ignored this case up until President Donald Trump drew attention to it in a tweet Tuesday.
Looks what’s going on here. Where are the protesters? Was this man arrested? https://t.co/2E1UbU5vNN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
But instead of asking the questions real journalists would ask — such as, why have there been so many acts of violence committed against white people by black perpetrators, and why have none of these acts been labeled hate crimes — the media’s propagandists rushed to ask why the president was bringing attention to this crime.
Apparently, it’s the left-wing media’s belief that it’s racist to highlight acts of black criminality but perfectly fine to try and ruin the life of a young white high school student for the crime of smirking in the face of a Native American activist and fake Vietnam War veteran.
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