In what seems like a scene from “Fight Club,” a disturbing video shows a 35-year-old Florida man violently beating a teenager. The shocking footage was apparently taken after the man, Gary Johnson, allegedly setup a fight between his son and another teen.
But rather than simply allowing the young men to duke it out (not that this should be encouraged, anyway), Johnson purportedly jumped in to defend his son, repeatedly kicking and punching a 16-year-old boy.
Some sources claim that Johnson, who did not have a prior legal history, initially told the two boys that he would be willing to monitor a fight between them. But that doesn’t seem to be how the incident unfolded, and Johnson’s violent attack didn’t end until his son — who apparently quit the fight before his father joined in — pulled Johnson off of the victim. A woman can be heard (and briefly seen) yelling in horror.
The USA Today’s Andrew Knapp has more regarding the legal fallout from the incident:
…Johnson…has been charged with felony counts of aggravated battery and child abuse, as well as misdemeanor counts of filing a false report, affray and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Soon after the Aug. 19 incident Johnson posted a $35,000 bond and was released from jail.
Below, watch the shocking footage, along with some intriguing CNN analysis: