2 men jailed after Brainerd alleged racial assault

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Two men are in custody after what appears to be a racially-motivated attack on a black man outside a central Minnesota bar.
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A Lady in St Paul

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Cowards. Boy oh, boy... Minnesoty Nice, heh?
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*sigh* Really? These guys make minnesota look bad.

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The color of a man’s skin was apparently the motivation behind a brutal attack early Sunday in downtown Brainerd.
Criminal complaints filed Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court said the victim, Willie Navy, 53, Brainerd, and the two suspects in the assault, Lucas Eastwood and Travis Campbell, were at Yesterday’s Gone late Saturday when an employee at the bar heard Eastwood say he wanted to assault Navy because Navy was black and Eastwood wanted to fight that night.
Outside of the bar after it closed, Navy was struck and kicked repeatedly in the head by the suspects, witnesses told police. Navy is in the Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where Tuesday he was reported in stable condition.
Speaking with doctors at the hospital, officers learned Navy is in jeopardy of losing his vision because of multiple orbital fractures around his eye socket. Navy’s eye is protruded and the facial injuries will require multiple surgeries to repair.
Eastwood, 27, Backus, was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court with felony first-degree assault, felony kidnapping to facilitate a felony or flight, felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias.
Travis Arnold Campbell, 29, Pequot Lakes, was charged Tuesday with felony first-degree assault, felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias.
Eastwood and Campbell are being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on $100,000 bond or bail without conditions or $50,000 bond or bail with conditions. Their next court appearances are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb. 15.
Brainerd Police Deputy Chief Mike Bestul said though criminal complaints have been filed the investigation into Navy’s assault continues because they haven’t been able to conduct a formal interview with Navy.
“We’re allowing time for the victim to recover and hopefully he’ll be able to answer more questions and clear some things up,” Bestul said.“Right now we’re going off what witnesses are saying and what we learned through the investigation.”
Alcohol was involved, Bestul said.
According to the criminal complaints filed against Eastwood and Campbell:
• At 1:24 a.m. Sunday officers responded to the sidewalk in front of Thrifty White Pharmacy, 800 Laurel St., for a report of a man that had been assaulted. Officers arrived and found two women attending to a black man with obvious severe head and facial injuries. An ambulance was requested and officers started first aid.
• The man, Willie Navy, was mostly incoherent and in a lot of pain. The woman said Navy had been assaulted by two white men and when the women approached and yelled at the suspects to stop they went west on Laurel Street. Witnesses identified Eastwood as one of the men that assaulted Navy.
• While officers and an ambulance crew were attending to Navy, an employee from Yesterday’s Gone arrived and told officers that a man later identified as Eastwood had wanted to assault Navy in the bar right before the bar closed because Navy was black and Navy wanted to fight. The employee told Eastwood not to start anything in the bar. The employee told investigators that Eastwood wanted to fight with that “(expletive) black guy” because he was in Yesterday’s Gone. The employee told Eastwood not to assault anyone. The employee said he then got busy with last call and closing the bar.
• The bar employee said Navy was the last one to leave at 1:20 a.m. Sunday. He identified Eastwood and Campbell by what they were wearing and witnesses identified the two men as having assaulted Navy. It was learned Eastwood and Campbell were with another man who lives on the 200 block of South Seventh Street.

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The Negotiator wrote:
The color of a man’s skin was apparently the motivation behind a brutal attack early Sunday in downtown Brainerd.
Criminal complaints filed Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court said the victim, Willie Navy, 53, Brainerd, and the two suspects in the assault, Lucas Eastwood and Travis Campbell, were at Yesterday’s Gone late Saturday when an employee at the bar heard Eastwood say he wanted to assault Navy because Navy was black and Eastwood wanted to fight that night.
Outside of the bar after it closed, Navy was struck and kicked repeatedly in the head by the suspects, witnesses told police. Navy is in the Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where Tuesday he was reported in stable condition.
Speaking with doctors at the hospital, officers learned Navy is in jeopardy of losing his vision because of multiple orbital fractures around his eye socket. Navy’s eye is protruded and the facial injuries will require multiple surgeries to repair.
Eastwood, 27, Backus, was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court with felony first-degree assault, felony kidnapping to facilitate a felony or flight, felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias.
Travis Arnold Campbell, 29, Pequot Lakes, was charged Tuesday with felony first-degree assault, felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias.
Eastwood and Campbell are being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on $100,000 bond or bail without conditions or $50,000 bond or bail with conditions. Their next court appearances are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb. 15.
Brainerd Police Deputy Chief Mike Bestul said though criminal complaints have been filed the investigation into Navy’s assault continues because they haven’t been able to conduct a formal interview with Navy.
“We’re allowing time for the victim to recover and hopefully he’ll be able to answer more questions and clear some things up,” Bestul said.“Right now we’re going off what witnesses are saying and what we learned through the investigation.”
Alcohol was involved, Bestul said.
According to the criminal complaints filed against Eastwood and Campbell:
• At 1:24 a.m. Sunday officers responded to the sidewalk in front of Thrifty White Pharmacy, 800 Laurel St., for a report of a man that had been assaulted. Officers arrived and found two women attending to a black man with obvious severe head and facial injuries. An ambulance was requested and officers started first aid.
• The man, Willie Navy, was mostly incoherent and in a lot of pain. The woman said Navy had been assaulted by two white men and when the women approached and yelled at the suspects to stop they went west on Laurel Street. Witnesses identified Eastwood as one of the men that assaulted Navy.
• While officers and an ambulance crew were attending to Navy, an employee from Yesterday’s Gone arrived and told officers that a man later identified as Eastwood had wanted to assault Navy in the bar right before the bar closed because Navy was black and Navy wanted to fight. The employee told Eastwood not to start anything in the bar. The employee told investigators that Eastwood wanted to fight with that “(expletive) black guy” because he was in Yesterday’s Gone. The employee told Eastwood not to assault anyone. The employee said he then got busy with last call and closing the bar.
• The bar employee said Navy was the last one to leave at 1:20 a.m. Sunday. He identified Eastwood and Campbell by what they were wearing and witnesses identified the two men as having assaulted Navy. It was learned Eastwood and Campbell were with another man who lives on the 200 block of South Seventh Street.
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Sounds like karma finally caught up with mr. navy, you know what they say what goes around comes around,
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So let me get this right, everytime a white person is assaulted in a black neighborhood, they are not changed with an assault based on bias?

So far, according to what the suspects have been accused of, if true, it does appear that this assault may have been based on bias.

But, why is it you NEVER hear about blacks being accused of commiting a crime basd on racial bias? Would that be in violation of some stupid PC rule?

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Matt wrote:
So let me get this right, everytime a white person is assaulted in a black neighborhood, they are not changed with an assault based on bias?
So far, according to what the suspects have been accused of, if true, it does appear that this assault may have been based on bias.
But, why is it you NEVER hear about blacks being accused of commiting a crime basd on racial bias? Would that be in violation of some stupid PC rule?
In the United States, when it comes to race relations, much is said about white racism, which gives the illusion of Euro-american as a violent and threatening community. Yet this is a deceiving and prejudiced picture. A simple glance at the interracial figures show that European Americans are often targeted for interracial crimes while they seldom practice it.

Based on the victimization survey of the US Bureau of Justice, it is possible to make an fairly accurate estimate of the magnitude of interracial crime by converting into numbers the percentages given on two statistical tables: table 42 -Distribution of single-offender victimizations, based on race of victims, by type of crime and perceived race of offender and table 48: Distribution of multiple-offender victimizations, by type of crime, race of victims and perceived race of offender. We can also use some figures from the FBI UCR Crime reports.Doing this shows that in 2002 while there was, according to the FBI UCR report, about 1 700 White on Black hate crimes, there were nearly 2 million Black on White crimes. Yet, while the statistics for hate crimes receive extensive media coverage, the statistics for interracial crimes are rarely mentionned. this is what leads to a mistaken and stereotyped vision of Euro-Americans and the way they relate to people of other races
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the black beauty probably had it coming, i wonder how many times he gang beat somebody down white or black, brothers are real good about that, they like to share in the beat downs.

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black betty wrote:
the black beauty probably had it coming, i wonder how many times he gang beat somebody down white or black, brothers are real good about that, they like to share in the beat downs.
If you don't know this for a fact, why say it?
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<quoted text>Sounds like karma finally caught up with mr. navy, you know what they say what goes around comes around,
I hear ya there chief; similar to the Mexicans finally coming back to retrieve their raped and pillaged land of yore. Hell come to think of it since color is apparently a race now, since whites have been the most destructive, deadly, self righteous murderous thieves since the existence of man, the whole "what comes around goes around" might actually make some since. I'm with you, peace my brotha!
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A Lady in St Paul wrote:
Cowards. Boy oh, boy... Minnesoty Nice, heh?
Minnesota Nice? There's no such thing! It was some add back in the 80's or something. Come on, I was raised there all my life and the secret was that it was never, ever tolerant of no one who wasn't white. Especially in the rural areas. If there were any nonwhites they were quiet and never seen. Blacks were always hated there.
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What I love about Brainerd is the lack of diversity. Sadly, it seems the whole diversity is our strength BS has made it to Brainerd. Keep Brainerd white and there won't be any problems and if diversity continues it won't be long before gang violence become common in this beautiful area.
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I hear ya there chief; similar to the Mexicans finally coming back to retrieve their raped and pillaged land of yore. Hell come to think of it since color is apparently a race now, since whites have been the most destructive, deadly, self righteous murderous thieves since the existence of man, the whole "what comes around goes around" might actually make some since. I'm with you, peace my brotha!
Someone's been smokin. Mexicans have no business in Minnesota hell they don't have a history here! They're brainwashed into thinking they belonged up here or something it's just bullshit. Legal or illegal I sure as hell don't want them around.

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byron wrote:
What I love about Brainerd is the lack of diversity. Sadly, it seems the whole diversity is our strength BS has made it to Brainerd. Keep Brainerd white and there won't be any problems and if diversity continues it won't be long before gang violence become common in this beautiful area.
So, you being a racist seems to sit with you pretty well?
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<quoted text> If you don't know this for a fact, why say it?
I know this, it takes to white boys to take on one big silver back honey and he is a big un.
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To The Negotiator,

If I look at the number for violent crime, I see that crime follows blacks wherever they go. I don't want them near me. My choice. If you like hangin' with sub-human scum, have at it, but don't force your diversity bs on me.

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To The Negotiator,
If I look at the number for violent crime, I see that crime follows blacks wherever they go. I don't want them near me. My choice. If you like hangin' with sub-human scum, have at it, but don't force your diversity bs on me.
I'm not forcing anything on anybody, but all Blacks shoudn't be lumped together as bad. Your racist attitude is all too common, sad to say. I know a lot of sub human whites, and also very nice blacks. Don't bother me with your uneducated attitude.
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I really don't want to have to search out the hate facts but the fact is that wherever blacks go, crime follows. That's a fact.

Every major metro area in the US with blacks is a virtual no-go zone for whites.

If you can name one place, one city, one country, or even one neighborhood that has gotten better because blacks moved in, I might change my mind - but no such place exists or has ever existed.

And those, my friend, are the facts, they are not racist facts, just facts.

If you want a different set of facts then end the 90% out of wedlock birth rate among blacks, end the transfer of wealth from whites to blacks via welfare, teach them to have families, turn off the rap and hip hop and.... we don't have time, the problems are too great to solve. And we have tried....

Needless to say, 40 years after the Great Society was supposed to lift black up, it has done the reverse and crushed them; made them slaves to welfare, stripped them of the need to work and castrated the black male because the government took his place in the form of a welfare check for un-wed mothers. If I really was a racist, I would be a Democrat because the Democrats have done more to destroy the blacks in this country via their welfare programs than any whites racists have ever done.

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Of course you're not racist, blacks are just sub human to you. How kind.
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The Negotiator wrote:
Of course you're not racist, blacks are just sub human to you. How kind.
You finally figured it out, and they said you couldn’t. atta boy
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