Protesters line the streets after veteran beaten outside bar


The beating of a Navy veteran by the owners of a Jacksonville, Florida bar has caused public outcry and even protests.

66-year-old Charles Hughes was allegedly beaten by the owners of Wing Depot who were arrested for battery, according to CBS47.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the American Legion Post 283, according to the police report.

Terry and William Lodge, owners of Wing Depot, are accused of punching and stomping on Hughes’s head.

Charles Hughes after allegedly being beaten by the owners of the Wing Depot in Jacksonville, Florida. (GoFundMe)
Charles Hughes after allegedly being beaten by the owners of the Wing Depot in Jacksonville, Florida. (GoFundMe)

Witnesses told Action News Jax that the beating occurred after Hughes “playfully” threw a coaster at the bartender as he was exiting the bar –saying goodbye.

Pictures of Hughes injuries spread like wildfire on Facebook, with almost six thousand people joining a group to boycott the Wing Depot.

According to the GoFundMe page –created to raise funds for Hughes’ recovery- the 66-year-old veteran suffers from a broken nose, fractured cheek bone, fractured eye socket, a concussion, skin abrasions, and several missing teeth.

Hughes supporters, organized through the “Boycott Wing Depot,” showed up by the dozens to protest out front of Wing Depot yesterday morning.

Protesters stand out front of Wing Depot in Jacksonville. (Bob Johnson/Facebook)
Protesters stand out front of Wing Depot in Jacksonville. (Bob Johnson/Facebook)

“You can act any way yout want, but it doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for the repercussions,” said Time Meissen, who started the “Boycott Wing Depot” Facebook page.

William “Tommy” Lodge, 60, and Terry Lodge, 55, were released on bonds of $2,500 each on Sunday, according to Jacksonville.com.

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