A fight that began outside a Tennessee convenience store resulted an elderly black man getting part of his finger bitten off by a white man who was wearing apparel decorated with the Confederate flag.
Local news station WKRN reports that 26-year-old Dylan McKinney was standing outside the Duke’s Market in Charlotte, Tennessee, when he was acosted by a 71-year-old black man for wearing a hoodie featuring the Confederate flag.
“He said ‘F you son of a B’ or something like that,” McKinney tells WKRN. “There was no other reason to say that to me other than what I had on.”
McKinney, who says he was intoxicated at the time, admitted to WKRN that “maybe” he started the physical confrontation with the elderly man, who at one point put his finger in McKinney’s mouth — and then McKinney clamped down hard and bit off a piece of it.
“We were fighting, I didn’t have time to put his finger in my mouth and eat it, I’m not a cannibal or anything like that,” he said to WKRN.
Police have since charged McKinney with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and aggravated assault. The local District Attorney is also considering whether to file hate crime charges.
Watch WKRN’s report on the incident below.
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