Thugs Beat Man in Kansas City -- After Asking Whom He Voted For
A man waiting at a bus stop near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City was beaten by a group of teenagers over the weekend, in what he suspects was a hate crime. The attack was eerily similar to the vicious beating of a Trump voter in Chicago that occurred the day after the election.
After the teens asked him whom he voted for, they started throwing punches, victim Robert Barrentine told Fox 4 News:
“I was on the Plaza and I thought it was safe, you know? ... The Plaza is usually a safe spot. I haven’t had any problems down there before.”
Barrentine said he wasn't wearing anything that displayed his political affiliation. Yet for some reason, this group of six teens picked him out of the people waiting for the bus and got in his face.
“It was only one guy that was the main instigator,” Barrentine recalled. “He came right up to me and said, ‘Who did you vote for?’”
Barrentine's response: “‘I didn't vote for anybody,’ because I didn’t,” he said.
But apparently that was the wrong answer.
“I just automatically got into defensive mode,” he said, “because I knew what was coming.”
He said the teens, both girls and guys, started punching and kicking him -- sending him to the hospital with bumps, bruises and soreness.
“It was a little bit scary,” he said, “because you don’t ever know what’s going to happen in an act of violence. Somebody could’ve had a knife or whatever, some weapon or something.”
He said another person waiting for the bus called police. Soon KCPD officers arrived to chase down the teens, who Barrentine thinks targeted him because he's white.
“I believe it's a hate crime,” he said. “That's all I could think of. I mean, I didn't know anybody. There was no other reason why. I mean it has to do with Trump and the election.”
Police were only able to catch one of the thugs who attacked Barrentine: a 15-year-old boy who already has an arrest record for armed robbery and another assault.
PJ Media reached out to Barrentine to ask if any of the youths had mentioned Trump by name while they were beating him. Barrentine said that none of them mentioned Trump directly, but he "sensed with all certainty" that the beating was about Trump.
He told PJ Media that the beating lasted about two minutes, and that he had ended up on the ground in a huddled, defensive position:
I don't remember getting down into that position. I only remember standing there taking some blows, then I was getting up from that huddled position when it stopped.
He said he walked himself to a hospital:
It was a block, so I walked when police were done with me. Stayed two hours, but got tired of waiting. There were much more serious injuries than mine at the hospital.
He told PJ Media that he sustained bumps, bruises, and scratches from the attack, and said that his ribs are still sore.
Forgiveness is very important to me in these kinds of things. It does us no good to spread hatred back and forth because that just feeds the violence and rage. Loving people instead ... now that would be something worth spreading.