MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Since video of a brutal beating in Kroger's parking lot first surfaced online, dozens of people wanted to know if police were considering the attack a hate crime.
The video shows a group of primarily black teenagers kicking a white Kroger employee in the head.
"I know this has a lot of racial undertones," Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong said.
A spokesperson for MPD said the Shelby County District Attorney's Office is responsible for deciding whether to charge suspects with a hate crime.
"In the state of Tennessee, the law is actually called civil rights intimidation and if that applies that's certainty something we'll look to," District Attorney General Amy Wierich said. "Committing a crime against someone, targeting someone because of certain things -- their race, their gender, their, you know, whatever."
Wierich said her office is waiting for police to complete their investigation before deciding on if the attack was considered a hate crime.
"We acknowledge that the majority of the suspects, a majority of the juveniles involved in this were African-American, but you have to also understand there was an African-American victim in this as well," Armstrong said.
The DA's office and police said they have been in constant contact with one another about the investigation.
However, police do not believe a hate crime investigation is likely at this point.
"We don't have sufficient enough evidence to investigate this as a hate crime," Armstrong said.