The same media outlets that couldn't wait to hype the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri are tiptoeing very delicately around the beating of Iraq veteran Ralph Weems in Mississippi. Weems is a white man severely beaten last Saturday night, allegedly by a mob of black men upset about the Brown shooting. Working from a phone interview conducted by Weems' friend with the Associated Press, the UK Daily Mail has the most detailed account of the incident:
David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday.
He said a black man waved him over outside the restaurant and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn't a safe place for whites.
When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with around seven black men.
They left after an argument that brought police, Knighten said.
[Police chief Tim] Brinkley said a Waffle House employee told officers who answered a 1am disturbance call that a patron was creating a disturbance and upsetting other patrons.
After he was asked to leave, employees also asked the other patrons to leave, Brinkley said.
Knighten said he showed those officers his .45-caliber handgun and his concealed carry permit.
On the way to Weems' house, Knighten said, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot.
However, he said, they apparently had been followed by a group of more than 20 black men.
Knighten, who said he had served with the Air Force in Afghanistan, said he came out of the restroom to find Weems surrounded.
'I was trying to defuse the situation,' he said.
After some shoving, he said, the security guard told everyone to leave.
Knighten said some people blocked him from leaving with Weems.
When he got out, he said, Weems was down and people were kicking him.
Knighten said others attacked him, adding 'I do remember racial slurs being yelled from the crowd.'
Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye.
On Saturday he wrote on Facebook, 'All my injuries were minor fractures and lacerations. I just wish I could have reached him sooner. Please keep your thoughts and prayers on Ralph.'
Police did not arrive on the scene until after the crowd had left, he said.
Police said they were called to the Huddle House about 2am.