In Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a video of a local convenience store clerk having a seizure and beating a customer has appeared. The community is indignant because the victims are currently hospitalized and unable to move their entire body after a few days.
On December 22, a 56-year-old black man entered the store at a convenience store, Princess Market, around 3:30 pm in West Raleigh Boulevard.
According to his family, Gregory Evans began having seizures when a clerk left his post behind the counter to confront him. At that time, the person began beating Evans with a stick, despite experiencing a medical crisis. The violent assault was caught on a mobile phone by another customer.
WRAL, a local NBC affiliate, Research Of the assault by providing the authorities with a video copy of the case they had already obtained.
Sobi Hassan, 68, was arrested by the Rocky Mount police station on Tuesday, December 28, and charged with a simple assault in connection with the case.
The video shows Hassan shouting “Get out now” at Evans before hitting his leg six times during a seizure. As a result of the quarrel, Evans has been hospitalized and examined.
This incident caused an act of civil unrest for Evans’ justice. Protesters gathered the signatures of petitions to close the store, claiming that the store has a history of treating customers “in a negative and discriminatory way,” and cleaned up the trash.
Local governments are continuing to investigate the assault to determine if it is considered a hate crime.
His sister, Edith Cowper, provided updates on his condition at the Eveniser Baptist Church on Monday, December 27, at a forum hosted by civil rights activist Rev. Thomas Walker. The goal was to reach out to the community and hear from the police about the progress of the investigation.
She informed the community, “He’s a little slow … and he still doesn’t have the full mobility of his body.” She also said her brother said his back and legs “hurts”.
Police chief Robert Hassell urged the community to wait patiently while gathering information on the investigation forum.
“Once that’s done, we’ll take appropriate steps to move the proceeding forward,” Hassel said. “Give the police and the district attorney the opportunity to do what we are hired.”
He continued. “I only ask the community. Calm down and let the police finish this investigation. In collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office, take the necessary steps and if you have something to bring, it’s a solid case.”
He shared that they have more information about the assault, including additional videos. Hassel further stated that he was unable to speak to Evans because of his health.
During Rev. Walker’s church rally, Cooper said her brother was unable to repel Hassan after he was beaten for a seizure. She said her brother involuntarily grabbed the counter when he experienced seizure sway and cramps.
Cooper further explained that witnesses took him out of the store and warned the traumatic ambulance. According to her sister, she was initially treated only for seizures before the rescuers noticed that he had been beaten.
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