An innocent bystander was brutally beaten for no reason and police claim that the incident may have started the uproar Saturday that led to seven arrests at Fountain Square.
According to WCPO seven revelers, including three juveniles, were arrested after police said a large crowd gathered at the square and became unruly.
Cincinnati Police Captain Mike Neville told WCPO several different groups of people started fighting on the square shortly after 11 p.m. — just after a concert, the Reds game and Fourth of July fireworks.
Police officers dressed in full riot gear, flanked the streets around the square and stood side-by-side to move the crowd and apparently to protect themselves. Two officers and the bystander were injured.
Notice how the liberal media reporter says “a man lost a fight”, but clearly the man in the video was being attacked by several thugs.
Cincinnati police described the brutal beating by the mob Saturday night near Fountain Square as an “anti-white” hate crime according to media reports.
An anonymous Cincinnati police officer said online that the white man was attacked by a mob of Black people and that police had to rescue the man from the mob.
But no sooner than the attack was labelled an anti-white hate crime the police backed away Monday from an officer’s incident report that described the Saturday night assault on a man near Fountain Square as an “anti-white” crime.
In a police incident report filed at 3 a.m. Sunday, the reporting officer stated the assault that left Christopher McKnight, 27, bloodied and unconscious involved hate or bias. The officer’s typed explanation was that the violence was “anti-white.”
Cincinnati news reported that at a Monday afternoon news conference with other police and city leaders, Capt. Mike Neville said that description was incorrect.
He spoke just minutes after The Enquirer had obtained the incident report and posted a story on its contents.
In an interview later in the afternoon, Neville said categorizing the assault as a hate crime was just an opinion drawn from the fact McKnight was attacked by a group of people from the “opposite race.”
No one has been charged in connection with McKnight’s beating, which occurred after a hip-hop concert at Fountain Square.
McKnight, of Albany, Indiana, was jumped on and beaten during an “unruly crowd situation stemming from (the) Fountain Square event” around 11:30 p.m. The assault lasted five minutes.
McKnight was walking near Government Square, shortly after police had responded to a group that had been throwing bottles and fireworks at police at Fountain Square, Neville said.
The video posted to Facebook showed McKnight lying on the ground while a group of people surrounded him. The video does not show the assault itself.
McKnight’s face was bloodied, and he appeared to be unconscious in the video. His black shirt was pulled up and appeared to have more blood on it.
People surrounding him can be heard laughing in the video.
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