A Cincinnati man was left with aÂ broken nose, concussion and facial contusionsÂ after an alleged mob attack inÂ downtown Cincinnati late on July 4th.
The aftermath of the beating, captured on video and uploaded to Facebook, shows onlookers taunting the injured man, identified asÂ Christopher McKnight, with one woman heard shouting, âYea, n***a, you just got knocked the f*** out!â
Video here (language and content warning):
The Cincinnati Police Department initially labeled the incident an âanti-whiteâ crime, but has since backed off that assertion:
More from the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Police backed away Monday from an officerâs incident report that described the Saturday night assault on a man near Fountain Square as an âanti-whiteâ 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 officerâs typed explanation was that the violence was âanti-white.â
At a Monday afternoon news conference with other police and city leaders, Capt. Mike Neville said that description was incorrect.
Although Neville did say the police are still investigating if race played a part in the attack:
In an interview later in the afternoon, Neville said categorizing the assault as a hate crime was the opinion of reporting officer Alicia Essert. She drew that conclusion, Neville said, because McKnight was attacked by a group of people from the âopposite race.â
It is too early in the investigation to determine whether race motivated the assault, Neville said.
Two police officers were injured in the melee as well:
Up next for Cincinnati is the MLB All-Star Game:
Oh really? The FBI has Cincinnati listedÂ as one of the cities with the highest murder rates in America.