5.26.2011

five men arrested in brutal birthday beating

Some disturbing news out of Georgia... This week in Henry County, five college students were charged in the brutal beating of a man in the parking lot of a sports bar, where the victim and his girlfriend went to celebrate his birthday: Suspects Arrested in Violent Assault Outside McDonough Bar.

Joshua Rashad Berry, Mondarius Head, Montez Quendarius McKibben and Oreterro Chanez Watson were all charged in the aggravated assualt of 22-year-old Davis Do, who says the assailants called him racial slurs before attacking him. He suffered a broken jaw and other injuries, and was hospitalized for several days:
Do, the alleged victim, told the Henry Daily Herald in an interview May 9, his attackers were "saying stuff to me, racial slurs ...They kept calling me Chinese and chink, but I am Vietnamese, I just kept walking." He also said 10-15 males beat him.

"Our investigation did not lead us to believe that this was a racial hate crime," said Morris. The alleged assault took place May 6, at 12:47 a.m., according to McDonough Police Officer J. Hobbs, who worked part-time at the eatery.

Do, 22, of Forest Park, said he and his girlfriend, Gloria Harvey, 40, of Jenkinsburg, were at Soho to celebrate his birthday. It was Harvey, who alerted police to the parking lot fight, said Hobbs. The officer located Do, unconscious on the ground in the parking lot. "He was lying underneath the front bumper of a silver Chrysler 300," said Hobbs. He was later hospitalized and with serious injuries. He has since been released.

Initially, each of the four men was charged with aggravated battery and affray.

"The judge dropped their affray charges, because there were five men against one. The judge said that’s not affray," said Morris.
Here's some video of the news coverage of the attack. Five against one. Seriously? Police have somehow decided that this was not a hate crime, though everyone seems to have different, conflicting versions of what actually transpired in the parking lot that night. I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing that race had nothing to do with what went down. More here: 5 Arrested In Birthday Beating.