FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (6/26/2020) – Charges were submitted Friday in the attack of a Macy's staff member at the Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township last week.
Video of the event flowed social networks for nearly two weeks. Friday afternoon, the Genesee County Prosecutor charged 18-year-old Damire Palmer with attack to do excellent bodily damage less than murder, a 10-year felony.
Flint Township Police have actually been looking for Palmer and his sibling in connection to the case considering that it occurred June 15th.
Private investigators still have not been able to question the bros.
But Friday afternoon the Genesee County Prosecutor progressed with charges versus among them.
Why is just Damire Palmer charged?
Leyton explained he received the case simply this week on Tuesday, after looking at video on Wednesday and talking with extra witnesses, he said the proof so far only points to assault and there's only enough evidence to charge a single person.
Leyton stated the 18-year-old is the assailant in the 18-second clip seen across the nation on social networks.
“This was an unprovoked attack,” he described. “The internal video for Macy's reveals the suspect approaching from behind the victim. The shop supervisor appears unaware that he's even there.”
As you can see in the video, Leyton said, Palmer sucker punched the store supervisor and knocked him to the floor. He can be heard consistently calling the supervisor the n-word and pushing him down as the supervisor asks him to stop.
“He's shook up and he's emotionally upset, in addition to physically upset,” Leyton stated. “But, he's emotionally disturbed to believe that, you understand, anyone would think he said the supposed disgusting, racial, provoking slur; since he says he didn't say it, and his history recommends he didn't say it.”
Leyton included the two did talk minutes prior to the attack.
“The opponent said to the store supervisor– ‘Does this jacket fit?' And the store supervisor said to him, ‘No, it's too small,'” Leyton described.
The store supervisor was on the phone at the time with a coworker out of state. Leyton said he completed his discussion while walking to a various part of the shop.
“This was a cellular phone to cellular phone call, there is no recording of it. And the out of state witness who we spoke with said that he did not hear any such alleged provocation,” Leyton described.
Leyton added that the only individual to discuss the supervisor stated anything inappropriate to Palmer was his brother who published the video to social networks. The prosecutor stated that is not evidence.
“Even if there were verbal provocation, which we have no evidence of, violent retaliation is not allowed by the law,” he said.
The prosecutor has actually already consulted with members of the neighborhood in openness, letting them know why he reached this decision.Source: abc12.com