2 men jailed after Brainerd alleged r...

2 men jailed after Brainerd alleged racial assault

There are 51 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 8, 2011, titled 2 men jailed after Brainerd alleged racial assault. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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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Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#22 Feb 21, 2011
What all this rhetoric has to do with two men beating another, is beyond me. Two white scum attacked a black person, just to beat him, nothing more, nothing less.
Truth is

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Feb 21, 2011
The Negotiator wrote:
What all this rhetoric has to do with two men beating another, is beyond me. Two white scum attacked a black person, just to beat him, nothing more, nothing less.
You must be a black racist
Black Buck

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Feb 21, 2011
When will White Minnesotans, especially in rural areas, learn that you shouldn't hate a man just because he's from a different race?

Godspeed to the brother in his recovery.
Black Buck

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Feb 21, 2011
Remember the Somalians who beat us that Black good samaritan at the SuperAmerica in downtown St. Paul?

It's funny how so many people here were eager to trash the Somalians, but almost no one here has said anything negative about the White guys who attacked this brother.
Maybe

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Feb 21, 2011
Black Buck wrote:
When will White Minnesotans, especially in rural areas, learn that you shouldn't hate a man just because he's from a different race?
Godspeed to the brother in his recovery.
I hope he makes a full recovery as well. However, let's put the deck of cards away shall we?
Black Buck

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Feb 21, 2011
Maybe wrote:
<quoted text> I hope he makes a full recovery as well. However, let's put the deck of cards away shall we?
What deck of cards would that be? Are you implying that race is irrelevant to a story about a man who was attacked because of his race?

If so, that's almost like implying that the amount of money taken is irrelevant to a story about a bank robbery.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#28 Feb 22, 2011
Maybe wrote:
<quoted text> I hope he makes a full recovery as well. However, let's put the deck of cards away shall we?
Please read post #3, then tell me it isn't about race.
sven

River Falls, WI

#29 Feb 22, 2011
The Negotiator wrote:
What all this rhetoric has to do with two men beating another, is beyond me. Two white scum attacked a black person, just to beat him, nothing more, nothing less.
to white scum attacked a black scum, get it right.
sven

River Falls, WI

#30 Feb 22, 2011
Black Buck wrote:
When will White Minnesotans, especially in rural areas, learn that you shouldn't hate a man just because he's from a different race?
Godspeed to the brother in his recovery.
tell that to the indians in the brainard area that have been dealing with this forever.so it happens to one black one black man with a history of violence himself, and the whole town goes nuts. give me a break.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#31 Feb 22, 2011
sven wrote:
<quoted text>tell that to the indians in the brainard area that have been dealing with this forever.so it happens to one black one black man with a history of violence himself, and the whole town goes nuts. give me a break.
Actually, I know that area quite well, and there are very few Indians around Brainerd. If one Black man gets beat up in Mpls because of his race, it's one too many. The same goes for a White man.
Black Buck

Minneapolis, MN

#32 Feb 22, 2011
sven wrote:
<quoted text>tell that to the indians in the brainard area that have been dealing with this forever.so it happens to one black one black man with a history of violence himself, and the whole town goes nuts. give me a break.
I haven't heard anything about the Black man's (alleged) violent history. Please elaborate (I tried looking at the original article again, but it was no longer available).
Black Buck

Minneapolis, MN

#34 Feb 22, 2011
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.
Honey, are you Black or are you White? You seem to alternate between bashing Blacks and bashing Whites.
Black Buck

Minneapolis, MN

#35 Feb 22, 2011
sven wrote:
<quoted text>tell that to the indians in the brainard area that have been dealing with this forever.so it happens to one black one black man with a history of violence himself, and the whole town goes nuts. give me a break.
So, do you believe that Mr. Navy and other Blacks (and compassionate Whites) should accept this behavior as stoically as the Indians apparently have?
sven

River Falls, WI

#36 Feb 22, 2011
The Negotiator wrote:
<quoted text> Actually, I know that area quite well, and there are very few Indians around Brainerd. If one Black man gets beat up in Mpls because of his race, it's one too many. The same goes for a White man.
Excuse me, no indians, you are just kidding arn’t you.
sven

River Falls, WI

#37 Feb 22, 2011
Black Buck wrote:
<quoted text>
So, do you believe that Mr. Navy and other Blacks (and compassionate Whites) should accept this behavior as stoically as the Indians apparently have?
No, but where are the compassionate whites when native americans are mistreated, as they have been for years.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#39 Feb 22, 2011
sven wrote:
<quoted text>Excuse me, no indians, you are just kidding arn’t you.
I think you are mixing Bemidji with Brainerd. Very few Indians around Brainerd.
black betty

River Falls, WI

#40 Feb 22, 2011
The Negotiator wrote:
<quoted text> I think you are mixing Bemidji with Brainerd. Very few Indians around Brainerd.
you know what, your right, my bad sorry bout that.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#41 Feb 22, 2011
Navy, a 53-year-old Brainerd resident, was brutally assaulted in the early hours of Feb. 6 after he left a downtown Brainerd bar. The assault of kicks and punches to his head resulted in multiple orbital fractures around his left eye socket that could require multiple surgeries to repair.
On Sunday, more than a week after the assault, Navy said he’s still suffering from headaches and a loss of energy. His left eye is stitched closed and he’s not sure he’ll get his vision back. He also said the vision in his right eye is getting weak.
“I’m not doing so good today,” Navy said Sunday night at his residence.“The pain won’t go away.”
Navy, who moved to Brainerd from Minneapolis about two years ago to be closer to family, said he was a regular at Yesterday’s Gone and went alone to the bar on the night of Feb. 5 because he had missed the bar’s grand opening on South Ninth Street a few days earlier. He stayed until closing time and left out the front door. He said once he was outside, someone approached him, called him a racial slur and asked him what he was doing there.
“I asked him,‘What did you say?’ and they hit me from behind, in the back of my head. That was it. I guess they had free shots at me,” Navy said. According to court records, the assault on Navy was stopped after two women approached and yelled at the suspects.
Navy doesn’t remember anything after the first hit to the back of his head. He said the next thing he remembered was waking up at Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
“If it wasn’t for those two ladies they probably would have killed me,” Navy said.
Two men — Lucas Eastwood, 27, Backus, and Travis Campbell, 29, Pequot Lakes — have been charged for assaulting Navy.
Eastwood was charged 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.
Campbell was charged with felony first-degree assault, felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias.
Both men 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.
According to the criminal complaints filed against Eastwood and Campbell, an employee at Yesterday’s Gone told police Eastwood had wanted to fight Navy in the bar because Navy was black. What upsets Navy is that the bar employee never warned him about Eastwood’s threats. If they had, Navy said he would have left earlier, gone out the back door or called a cab.
“I’m still upset they didn’t tell me,” Navy said.“If I know somebody is trying to hurt you and I don’t help you I’m just as guilty as you. I might as well have did it myself. What does that make me then? I’m just as guilty.”
Navy doesn’t know the two men accused in his assault and said he doesn’t go out looking for confrontations.
“I have a lot of friends in downtown Brainerd. Ask them and they’ll probably tell you the same thing:‘Willie’s a good guy, he don’t bother nobody, he don’t mess with anybody when he gets down there,’” Navy said.
Navy doesn’t want race to be an issue. What he wants is justice against those who harmed him.
“It ain’t everybody in Brainerd, just the ones that did this to me,” Navy said.“I’m still going to make Brainerd my home. I’m not going to let this deter me.
“There’s some bad white people and there’s some bad black people. I can’t look at every white person and say,‘They’re the ones that did it to me.’ I don’t live like that, man. I want the ones who did this to me to be prosecuted, no one else.... This is not a race thing. It’s about justice.”
Black Buck

Minneapolis, MN

#42 Feb 22, 2011
black betty wrote:
<quoted text>you know what, your right, my bad sorry bout that.
Damn, I thought that you were a sista! Based on your reply to someone who addressed "Sven," you must be a male (Ram Jam fan).:-(
black betty

River Falls, WI

#43 Feb 23, 2011
Black Buck wrote:
<quoted text>
Damn, I thought that you were a sista! Based on your reply to someone who addressed "Sven," you must be a male (Ram Jam fan).:-(
hey dumb arse black betty is the name of a song, you really are a white if you didn’t know that, quit pretending your black. ohhh black betty bam a lam, black betty had child, damn child went wild bam a lam. might explain why i bash all stupid people like you bam alam. white or black. you should call yourself black schmuck.

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