Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell has petitioned the Hamilton County prosecutor to charge black suspects involved in a horrific public street beating of a white man with hate crimes.
As WND previously reported, a mob of black youths beat and bloodied a white male in Fountain Square in Cincinnati during a hip-hop concert on the Fourth of July. A video of the shocking scene, post-attack, showed blacks youths standing around the bloodied, unconscious man, laughing, joking and screaming. Two black males were later arrested, Jy Quynn Britten and Gary Sheffield.
Two officers were also injured during the mob attack, which included about 40 black youths, the Gateway Pundit previously reported.
Now, authorities say the attack, described as "anti-white" in the original incident report from officer Alicia Essert, is actually going to be pursued as a formal hate crime, the Blaze reported.
Blackwell asked prosecutor Joe Deters to charge the men with hate crimes, the Cincinnati Inquirer reported.
In a press release, police department spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy said: "In many cases, a hate/bias relationship between the offender(s) and suspect(s) may not be easily apparent at the time of, or even shortly after the commission of the offense. Often, hate/bias elements become evident only after thorough investigation and review of the available evidence."
WARNING: Video of the attack contains graphic content: