A silent ice cream man in Charlotte, North Carolina struggles to defend himself as cackling teenagers assault and rob him.
Worse: the attackers filmed the beating.
The events leading up to the incident remain hazy, and law enforcement apparently wasn’t even tipped off to the crime until asked about it by a local TV station on Friday.
Some in the Hispanic community expressed concerns that violence against undocumented immigrants goes unreported because the undocumented fear deportation, WSOC-TV reported, and while it’s unclear if the ice cream man in the video is one such victim, he certainly doesn’t seem to be initiating the confrontation.
“It seems like he’s not trying to fight back initially, like he just wants to be left alone, and that’s the thing — you can’t even be left alone,” said Manuel Fuentes, the man who reported the video to WSOC-TV.
Within eight hours of viewing the video, which had been posted to Facebook, police had arrested and charged one teenager, Daishaun Tyrone Burney, who was believed to have participated in the attack, WSOC-TV reported.
Police are apparently still looking for two more suspects, and they told WSOC-TV that they don’t ask about citizenship status when investigating.
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