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The Michigan hoodlum who was filmed two months ago by his brother maliciously beating up a Macy’s store manager was quick to throw his brother under the bus while testifying before a Genesee County District Court judge Wednesday.
According to the black suspect, Damire C. Palmer, 18, the reason he’d beaten up the white Macy’s store manager during a viral June 15th incident was because his brother, Damarquay, had falsely claimed he’d overheard the manager use the n-word.
“The statement that he made was untrue, and I swung on [the manager] for no reason,” Palmer said in court, as reported by The Flint Journal.
When asked by Genesee County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick McCombs why his brother would lie to him, Palmer replied, “I wouldn’t know. I honestly wouldn’t.”
“But you took your brother at his word, right?” McCombs then pressed.
“Yes, I did,” Palmer replied.
And because he took his brother’s word, this happened (*Graphic content):
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
Recorded at a Macy’s store in Flint Township around mid-June, the clip above went viral after Palmer’s brother, Damarquay, shared it to social media.
“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,” he reportedly wrote in a tweet at the time.
But the only one who could be heard using the n-word repeatedly in the video above was Palmer. Nevertheless, during an interview with the New York Post in late June, Damarquay doubled down on his original allegations.
He claimed the altercation had begun 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 [the manager], ‘Does this shirt look too little?’ And [the manager] politely said, ‘Yes,’ and continued back on the phone with the remark, ‘No one, just some n—r.’”
After an investigation, however, Macy’s announced it’d 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.
A couple days later, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced charges against Palmer, saying in a statement, “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.”
While Palmer was all smiles at the time, he appeared far more humble Wednesday, perhaps in part because he owed his relatively light sentence to his victim’s compassion.
“McCombs told the court that Palmer would be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Training Act, which could lead to probation on a lesser charge of aggravated assault after completion of any programming order by a circuit court judge. The decision came after consultation with the victim,” The Flint Journal reported.
The original charge Palmer had faced, “assault to do great bodily harm less than murder,” was a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Genesee District Judge Jennifer J. Manley made sure to remind the young man of just how much of a break he was receiving.
“If [the victim] did not approve of this, you would not be getting this possibility. You understand what kind of break that man gave you?” she reportedly said.
“This is a big deal for your life. I really want you to understand that. I agree that programming needs to be put in place and you need to have strict guidelines before you are out in the community.”
Despite the racial nature of Palmer’s attack, it received zero mainstream media coverage until President Donald Trump tweeted about it:
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
In response, The Washington Post, which has been a staunch defender of the racially motivated riots, lootings and arson that have rocked the nation since the death of black Minneapolis suspect George Floyd in late May, pounced.
“To critics, Trump’s tweets implied that individual crimes by black men are equivalent to the systemic police violence against people of color that has sparked weeks of nationwide protests,” the far-left outlet kvetched.
“False claims about the prevalence of violent black-on-white crime have been a hallmark of white-supremacist websites, the Southern Poverty Law Center found in a 2018 study.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a repeatedly discredited, radical propaganda group.
Moreover, the “weeks of nationwide protests” have in fact been weeks of violent rioting, not that the paper isn’t aware. Evidence suggests the paper’s “reporters” — some of them allegedly far-left activists and propagandists themselves — are fully aware of the riots and support them.
.@washingtonpost published a fluff piece on antifa by none other than Kim Kelly.
Kelly is a supporter of violent antifa militantism. Last year she praised the actions of the Tacoma, Wash. antifa fire bomber. She then promoted an event for a jailed NYC antifa street brawler. pic.twitter.com/rAfDBNFMnP
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 31, 2020
As Portland experiences more than 70 days of violent protests, riots, arson attacks, soaring homicides & shootings, @washingtonpost actually published a glowing photo essay on #antifa riot fashion. What is wrong w/reporter @Marissa_Jae & the editors there? https://t.co/uiqmwXT9cY pic.twitter.com/lJhrPW6avC
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 10, 2020
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