Police investigators say a white male was riding a St. Louis MetroLink train on Monday night when he was approached by a group of black men and asked what he thought about the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Chaos quickly ensued.
The 43-year-old man told police he replied that he hadn’t put that much thought into it, KTVI-TV reports.
That’s when one of the men, dressed in a red shirt and hat, started punching the victim repeatedly in the face. After the first suspect got a number of punches in, a second suspect in a gray jacket is seen sneaking in a shot as well. The suspect in red delivered a final kick before all three suspects got off the train.
Facebook user Twan Davis later uploaded video of the attack. Watch the shocking incident below (WARNING: Strong language and violence)
The victim later told police that he was initially approached by the three men from behind and the man in the red hat asked to use his cellphone, a request he denied. The Michael Brown question and unprovoked beating came after.
Police in St. Louis are currently searching for the three suspects. According to KTVI-TV, they are described as:
• Suspect #1: Black male, 20-25 years old, wearing a red T-shirt
• Suspect #2: Black male, 18-22 years old
• Suspect #3: Black male, 18-22-years old
The news outlet also published photos of the attackers from the train's surveillance camera:
Late last year, a grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old brown.
The U.S. Department of Justice conducted its own investigation into the shooting and determined that the evidence did not support claims that Brown was shot while surrendering with his hands up as some had claimed. The DOJ was also unable to make a case for federal civil rights charges against Wilson.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)