Police in Michigan arrested three men who are accused of viciously beating an Army veteran who objected to their racist remarks.
According to the Westland Police Department, United States Army veteran Adam Wagner went to a 7-11 convenience store at 2 a.m. Saturday morning to purchase a pack of cigarettes. Once inside, he noticed three men harassing the female clerk, and he told them to stop.
When he walked outside, the trio followed him. At this point, Wagner told police, they noticed the Army insignia on Wagner’s car and began to taunt him about the military.
“They were saying, ‘How can you be in the military when they let black people in the military?’ They used the ‘n word’, saying [he] was an ‘n-word’ lover,” Wagner’s girlfriend told WJBK.
“I took pretty, pretty good offense to that because my best friend in the army was black. He saved my life,” Wagner added.
The suspects — all of whom had shaved heads — then began to assault Wagner, punching and kicking him until he was on the ground.
“I got to ground and I went straight to the fetal position, covering my ear drums and as much as I could of my face,” said Wagner.
Because he did not have his cellphone, Wagner had to drag himself to a friend’s house in order to report the incident and receive treatment. He was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered he had a broken nose, a concussion, and lacerations on his face.
The suspects were apprehended late Saturday night after a tipster recognized one of them in security footage aired on a local news station.
Watch a report on the incident from Local 4 Detroit below.
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