Yesterday, as Barack Obama was meeting at the White House with “civil rights leaders” DeRay McKesson and Al Sharpton, across town police were reviewing a video of the brutal attack Tuesday on a decorated Iraq War vet by a gang of black youths.
The two events were linked by more than time and space. McKesson, who is running for mayor of Baltimore, is a de facto leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the beating of former Marine sergeant and Bronze Star recipient Christopher Marquez was predicated on the question of whether he thought black lives matter. Marquez, who was having a meal at McDonalds, chose to ignore the question — part of a larger pattern of harassment — and concentrate on his food. The teens followed him out the restaurant, where they commenced the beating. Marquez was treated at a D.C. hospital for head trauma and an eye contusion.
Here is the surveillance video that police have since released:
In the footage, the male wearing a tank top who strikes Marquez in the head has been identified by police as Person of Interest 1.
The Marine Corps Times adds that Person of Interest 1 “and at least one other person can be seen kicking Marquez while the Marine vet is on the ground after people have gone through his pants pockets for valuables”:
Police are also looking for a black female identified as Person of Interest 2 and another person identified as Person of Interest 3, whose gender cannot be determined from the surveillance video.
Those seeking to answer the question of whether the assailants’ lives matter might want to factor in a few additional details courtesy of the Daily Caller. Namely, the thugs didn’t just assault Marquez. They also robbed him, charging “over $115 on his various credit cards at a liquor store, Five Guys and Walmart.” It’s kind of the spur-of-the-moment answer to looting, which topic, it should be noted, DeRay McKesson gave a guest lecture on at Yale.