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Old 06-18-2020, 04:37 PM
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Default Michigan police probing whether Macy’s beatdown was racially motivated

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Michigan police probing whether Macy’s beatdown was racially motivated
By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
June 18, 2020 | 7:23pm



Police in Flint, Michigan, are investigating a viral video on social media of a black man pummeling a white shopper after he allegedly used the N-word , according to a report.

The incident, posted on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, shows an unidentified white man wearing a mask and speaking on a cell phone inside a Macy’s department store at the Genesee Valley Center mall when a black man approaches him and punches him.

The white man, who is knocked to the ground by the punch, turns and asks, “what are you doing that for?”

“I didn’t touch you… I’m sorry,” he said, as he attempts to crawl away but is instead punched two more times.

Flint Township Police Lt. Brad Wangler said Thursday that the department is now involved, mlive.com reported Thursday.

“Yes, we are investigating and at this point no one is in custody,” Wangler told the outlet.

A spokeswoman for Macy’s said the store has now added security officers in the wake of the incident.

“We are deeply saddened about the incident that took place on Monday at Macy’s Genesee Valley as the safety of Macy’s customers and colleagues is our top priority,” Andrea Schwartz, senior director of media relations for the chain, told mlive.com.

“We take these situations very seriously and are working closely with local authorities on this investigation, deferring all comments about the case to them per policy,” she said.

A portion of the video was posted on Facebook Monday by rapper FT Quay, who said the white man was overheard referring to a black man a “n—er.”

Film producer and activist Tariq Nasheed posted a clip on Twitter Tuesday.

“A man at a store in #Flint allegedly referred to a black man in the store as a ‘n***er’ while talking on the #phone,” Nasheed said. “The black man overheard him, then things went left.”
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:09 AM
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Macy’s says attack on employee in Flint Township store was unprovoked
Updated Jun 21, 2020

(UPDATE: Police seeking persons of interest in assault at Genesee Valley Mall)



FLINT TWP., MI -- Macy’s is calling the beating of an employee at its Genesee Valley Center store “unprovoked” and township police say they are actively looking for two men who were involved in the 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, senior director of media relations for Macy’s, said in an email to MLive-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.”

Macy’s statement Friday, June 19, comes after police confirmed they were investigating the beating of a man inside the store, an assault captured on video that has circulated widely on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The man who originally posted the video, who used the name FT Quay, has posted comments online that the assault on the man was triggered by of the man having used a racial slur.

Watch the YouTube video here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPg3...ture=emb_title

Although Macy’s has not identified the man who was attacked in the video, township police Lt. Brad Wangler said Friday the man is a store employee.

“We are looking for them as we speak,” Wangler said of the man who punched the Macy’s employee and Quay, whose Facebook page had been taken offline as of Friday. “It’s not something that’s been put on the back burner. We want to find out what happened.”

Police issued a news release Friday in response to the incident, saying it occurred shortly before they were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. Monday for an assault complaint.

“Officers learned an employee of the store was assaulted by a young black male who fled the scene with a second individual after the assault,” the statement says. “Store surveillance video confirmed the assault against the employee. Investigators also learned the assault was recorded by the second individual and shared on social media.”

Police are asking anyone that has seen the video on social media and knows the identity of these individuals are urged to contact Detective Hart at 810-600-3250, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245) or go to www.crimestoppersoffint.com

In the video, the Macy’s employee wearing a cloth mask is talking on a cell phone when he’s suddenly punched in the head by a man who uses racial slurs as he continues to hoover over and punch him.

“I didn’t touch you ... I’m sorry,” the man on the ground says before he’s punched a second and third time by the man.

A short video clip of the incident was shared thousands of times on social media platforms this week and the attacker was supported by some, who said the assault was provoked by the employee’s use of a racial slur -- something that isn’t heard on the video.
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18-year-old Mt. Morris man charged with attacking Macy’s store manager




Updated: Fri 7:44 PM, Jun 26, 2020

FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (6/26/2020) - Charges were filed Friday in the attack of a Macy's employee at the Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township last week.

Video of the incident circulated social media for nearly two weeks.

Friday afternoon, the Genesee County Prosecutor charged 18-year-old Damire Palmer with assault to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony.

Flint Township Police have been looking for Palmer and his brother in connection to the case since it happened June 15th.

Investigators still have not been able to question the brothers.

But Friday afternoon the Genesee County Prosecutor moved forward with charges against one of them.

Why is only Damire Palmer charged?

Leyton explained he received the case just this week on Tuesday, after looking at video on Wednesday and talking to additional witnesses, he said the evidence so far only points to assault and there's only enough evidence to charge one person.

Leyton said the 18-year-old is the attacker in the 18-second clip seen across the country on social media.

“This was an unprovoked attack,” he explained. “The internal video for Macy's shows the suspect approaching from behind the victim. The store manager appears unaware that he's even there.”

As you can see in the video, Leyton said, Palmer sucker punched the store manager and knocked him to the floor. He can be heard repeatedly calling the manager the n-word and pushing him down as the manager asks him to stop.

“He's shook up and he's emotionally upset, as well as physically upset,” Leyton said. “But, he'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.”

Leyton added the two did talk minutes prior to the attack.

“The assailant said to the store manager -- ‘Does this jacket fit?’ And the store manager said to him, ‘No, it's too small,’” Leyton explained.

The store manager was on the phone at the time with a coworker out of state. Leyton said he finished his conversation while walking to a different part of the store.

“This was a cell phone to cell phone call, there is no recording of it. And the out of state witness who we interviewed said that he did not hear any such alleged provocation,” Leyton explained.

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.

“Even if there were verbal provocation, which we have no evidence of, violent retaliation is not permitted by the law,” he said.

The prosecutor has already met with members of the community in transparency, letting them know why he reached this decision.
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