FBI called in to investigate beating of white men outside restaurant

WEST POINT, Miss. –The police chief of West Point, Mississippi has asked the FBI to investigate the beating of two white men by a crowd of black men outside a restaurant.

Ralph Weems and David Knighten were beaten outside a Huddle House restaurant early Saturday morning during an attack some say is a hate crime.

Weems said earlier he was told not to enter a Waffle House restaurant because he was white, and the people inside were upset about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Knighten told the Associated Press when he pulled up to the Waffle House his friend, Weems, was already inside and was involved in an argument with several black men.

There are reports Weems may have made comments that flared tensions.

The two left the restaurant and headed toward the Huddle House.

Knighten said a group of 20 men from the previous restaurant followed them and attacked them.

Weems, an Iraq war veteran, is still in the hospital, and a family member said he had surgery for a brain injury.

Knighten received several injuries and broken bones in his face.

Courtez McMillian, 22, is charged with aggravated assault.

It will be up to a grand jury to decide if the attack was a hate crime.


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