A black teenager is being charged with assault for unleashing an ‘unprovoked’ attack on a white Macy’s employee in a store in Flint, Michigan, earlier this month.
Damire Palmer, 18, was seen in a viral video posted on June 15 pummeling the employee on the ground, claiming the unidentified man called him the n-word in the middle of a store in Genesee Town Center.
Police announced Friday they had no evidence to suggest the employee used a racial slur and that Palmer carried out the attack unprovoked.
He is not yet in police custody but officials say he will be charged with one count of felony assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
The charge holds a ten-year sentence if convicted.
Earlier this week, President Trump tweeted about the incident, suggested the employee was attacked because of his race and asked, “Where are the protesters?”
Looks what’s going on here. Where are the protesters? Was this man arrested? https://t.co/2E1UbU5vNN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
“This is a horrific hate crime and if the races were reversed it would be the only thing we talk about for days,” Trump said Monday after retweeting a video of the incident.