An 18-year-old has been charged in the "unprovoked" attack on a Macy's store manager in Flint Township, Michigan last weekend.
The Genesee County prosecutor announced the assault charge against Damire Palmer on Friday.
According to prosecutor David Leyton, Palmer assaulted the 50-year-old store manager in an unprovoked attack in the men's clothing department.
The incident happened at a Macy's store in Genesee Valley Center on June 15. The attack was captured on cellphone video by aspiring rapper FT Quay, who uploaded it to Facebook on Jun 15.
Surveillance video shows Palmer walking around the store before punching the manager in the head.
According to FT Quay, Palmer attacked the manager for using the N-word. But Leyton said there is no evidence the manager used a racial slur in the attack.
"This was an unprovoked attack on a Macy's employee," said Prosecutor Leyton. "We don't believe any racial slur was made by the store manager and even if there had been, it does not condone nor justify the assault by Mr. Palmer."
Leyton said there was not enough evidence to support a hate crime charge against Palmer.
"I know a lot of people are calling this a hate crime but, under the laws of Michigan, the evidence simply does not support that charge," he said.
Palmer, who is not yet in police custody, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Macy's issued a statement defending a white employee who was viciously attacked by a Black man who accused the employee of using the N-word. Macy's says the attack was unprovoked.
The incident happened at a Macy's store in Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township, Michigan.
The video was posted on Facebook Monday, June 15, by aspiring rapper FT Quay, who has since deleted his social media.
In the video, a white man wearing a black face mask is seen being pummeled on the floor by a Black man wearing a black wife beater and sagging pants.
The employee asked, "What are you doing that for?" as the attacker punched him repeatedly. The employee extended his arm to deflect the blows as the assailant tells him not to touch him.
"I didn't touch you... I'm sorry. I'm sorry" the man said.
In a post on Facebook, FT Quay wrote:
"This is not the whole video but Me and bro in the mall n shit and he ask this man [on the phone] did this shirt look [too] little he told him yea and kept talking on the phone then mumbled talking bout sum "no one just sum ni**er" he thought we ain't hear em because his mask was on #blackpower.[sic]"
The video does not show the employee using the N-word.
Macy's has said it will beef up security at the store.
Flint Township Lt. Brad Wangler confirmed the incident is under investigation. Macy's says it will help law enforcement to identify the attacker through the use of face-recognition technology.
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Dancer-turned-producer-turned-rapper-turned clothing magnate Sean "Diddy" Combs is set to follow in the footsteps of Tommy Hilfiger.
Yesterday, Combs and Macy's announced a "transformative" deal similar to the one signed by Hilfiger in 2007, according to Women's Wear Daily magazine.
That means even more loot in the already deep pockets of a man who can buy you and me a thousand times over.
Beginning with the Spring 2011 season, Sean John Sportswear will be sold only in Macy's stores, and online at macys.com as well as the Sean John flagship store on Fifth Avenue in NYC.
The first exclusive Sean John product will hit 400 Macy's stores beginning this year in early October. In the coming years, the product will be rolled out to over 850 Macy's stores nationwide. I didn't even know Macy's had 800 stores.
But is this really such a big deal? Isn't the Sean John line already sold exclusively in Macy's stores? I don't recall seeing the line sold anywhere else but Macy's.
I will give Sean credit for sustaining a wildly successful brand in this troubled economy where others, such as Dallas Austin's Rowdy clothing line, have failed miserably.
Sean Combs' Sean John label is defined by its contemporary masculinity combined with class that appeals to Hip Hop heads as well as the moneyed Hamptons crowd.