Police Investigate Brutal Assault in Shockoe Bottom Posted on YouTube

The Richmond Police Department is seeking  the public’s help identifying and locating the persons responsible for a robbery/assault in Shockoe Bottom. The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the 1700 block of East Cary Street. The victim’s wallet was taken during the struggle.

The police were alerted to a video on YouTube  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDbuke4dSzE )  that shows a male being attacked by several other males. Shortly after police alerted the public to the video it was removed from YouTube apparently by the account owner. The account was also deleted.

The title of the video was “This is why you don’t say the n*word.” It apparently showed a Caucasian male being attacked by several African American men. The victim was beaten unconscious and robbed.

Anyone with information about the attack or the video posted on YouTube is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.


  1. Fortunately, I saved a copy of the video and have reposted it in an attempt to identify the assailants:


  2. Word Infatuation says:

    Which is more disturbing, a pack of feral animals roaming around the Bottom or implying that assault and robbery are somehow justified given the use of a racial slur? Whether or not the word is in someone’s vocabulary or even used in public is irrelevant. Events such as this one are why many Virginians opt to carry concealed weapons.

    • I love it, “feral animals.” You really showed your racial stripes there didn’t you.

      While I agree with your sentiment the choice of words was somewhat questionable…

      • Word Infatuation says:

        It really does not matter what term one uses, you will find some way to connect it to race and try to bait. Those are your stripes. Does “wild and menacing people distinguished from civilized human beings” feel better for you? Most would agree the initial reference depicts the actions quite accurately. Watch the video again and let us know.

        • Indeed the actions could be characterized as barbaric, but words matter and to refer to a group of African American men who attacked a Caucasian man as “Feral Animals” is an intentional use of language and is intended to dehumanize. What they did was wrong and they should be punished but to attempt to use language to turn them into less than human is wrong as well.

          • It looks like you live in Liberalville if you cannot call a group of five on one committing assault and robbery animals and have to worry about what you say. It also seems that you’re the one fascinated with race cards. But then again words don’t matter because no one really cares what you think.

            • No not Liberalville, not at all. I can call a group of 5 men attacking another, cowardly, despicable and worthy of the harshest punishment available in the law. But to try to dehumanize the criminals makes for an interesting direction that ultimately ends up in places like Auschwitz. It’s too easy to call them dogs and euthanize them. Punish the men and uphold the law written for men.

              • True indeed, true indeed. While it makes my blood boil to see things like this, if we lose our humanity all is lost.

                • Humanity was lost when a gang nearly beat someone to death for the apparent fun in it. Let me guess, you would be against the death penalty, too, should they have killed him. Does it really take someone to savagely attack someone you love for you to wake up? That other doofus keeps trying to introduce race into the discussion and brings up Auschwitz. But the Konzentrationslager was not really intended for criminals, now was it? Meanwhile you have your head in the sand spouting off faux pontifications. Quite frankly, euthanization is arguably a punishment for attempted murder.

                  • Wow you really need to chill dude. If you can’t discuss something without resorting to name calling maybe you should consider where your anger is coming from.

                    Buddha said “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

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