The suspect in a chilling attack at a Macy’s that shocked the nation when it was caught on video, has been arrested.
The New York Post reports:
The 18-year-old black man charged in an “unprovoked,” caught-on-video assault of a white Macy’s manager in Michigan has been caught, according to a report.
Damire Canell Palmer, who is charged with felony assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in the June 15 attack at the Flint store, was in custody Thursday night, the Detroit News reported.
The news is certainly welcome for President Trump, who tweeted about the incident shortly after it went viral. You can watch the shocking attack here:
What is wrong with people? | Black man beats Macy’s employee over alleged racial slur, store says attack was ‘UNPROVOKED’
— RT (@RT_com) June 20, 2020
This is a victory for the rule of law. The Post notes:
Comments on social media suggested the manager made a racial slur before the attack, the Detroit News reported, though Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said investigators failed to uncover evidence of provocation or racial comments.
“This was an unprovoked attack on a Macy’s employee,” Leyton said June 26. “This behavior, as seen on the video, is unacceptable, it is criminal and it cannot be allowed.
“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,” he added.
Mr. Leyton is absolutely correct: a violent response to words, no matter how awful the words are, is never an acceptable response.
Hopefully, the case will set a precedent against those who seek to exploit national tensions for their own violent ends.