A man beaten by African-American rioters near a Charlotte transit bus during the violent protests is reportedly an Army veteran who suffered serious injuries during the attack.
David Palmer spent seven years in the Army, including at least one deployment to Afghanistan where he earned a Combat Infantryman Badge.
The attack occurred during the week of protests that erupted after an African-American police officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott, an African-American.
According to Palmers’s sister, Ashley, he had been out of the Army for less than a year and was working at a bar to make money before starting school in the spring.
Palmer was walking down 4th st -near the Epicentre parking deck- after leaving dinner at the Blackfinn with his sister, at around 8:45 p.m when the attack occurred. His sister parted ways with him after dinner but reports the men ambushed Palmer from a concealed position behind a construction site.
As the began to beat him they reportedly shouted, “You’re in the danger zone white boy.”
“He has been to 3 different doctors and will be undergoing surgery on Monday. He has a fractured eye socket and multiple broken bones in his face. The specialists told us to imagine dropping a dinner plate from above your head…’that’s what the inside of your face looks like right now,'” she said.
Palmer’s sister has set up a GoFundMe to support him.
Editor’s note: The report that David Palmer -a U.S. Army veteran- was the victim depicted in the viral video of a man “stripped naked and beaten by ten men” was based on a report released by the Charlotte Observer. It has been determined that the Charlotte Observer wrongfully reported that David was the victim depicted in that video, but it is alleged that he was the victim of a different beating (depicted in the video above) in Charlotte that same evening.
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