A video released online shows rioters in Charlotte, North Carolina, attacking a military veteran and then shouting at him: “You’re in the danger zone, white boy!”
The video’s early seconds show a white man being attacked by two black rioters. The man eventually flees while holding a hand over his injured face, while onlookers jeer. After the man jogs off, somebody can be heard shouting “You’re in the danger zone, white boy!”
Since the video’s release, the white man in the video has been identified as David Palmer, a seven-year Army veteran who only returned to civilian life within the past year. The video was recorded the night of Sept. 21 and uploaded to YouTube shortly after.
Palmer’s sister, Ashley Brooke Warlick, has created a GoFundMe page for her brother, seeking to raise money for his medical and living expenses in the wake of the attack. Warlick says she and her brother had eaten together at the EpiCentre shopping mall that night, but were separated by protesters while returning home. Once Palmer was alone, a group of several men attacked him, as shown in the video above. According to local Fox46 News, while the video only shows two men directly attacking Palmer, he was attacked by about ten men overall. That same group of ten men is believed to be tied to another attack nearby, in which a man had his pants ripped off by attackers in a parking garage.
Warlick says her brother had his phone stolen, and has also suffered a fractured eye socket along with several broken bones in his face.
“The doctor told us it’s basically like taking a dinner plate and dropping it on the concrete, is what the inside of his face looks like right now,” she told Fox46.
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