Late on Saturday night, a mob of black teens swarmed a Kroger grocery store in Memphis, Tennessee and proceeded to beat two store employees and one customer to the ground.
Police reported they had received a September 6 surveillance video showing the swarm of black teens pushing, punching and kicking the young store employees at the entrance to the store.
According to Memphis police, the group emerged from a restaurant in the same strip mall and immediately attacked a 25-year-old man as he left his car in the parking lot and headed for the grocery store.
Two grocery store employees ran to the man’s aide, and the black mob attacked them as well, brutally beating all three victims into unconsciousness.
Police report that the crowd of up to 20 teens were laughing and yelling “fan mob.”
All three victims were treated on the scene and refused transportation to the hospital.
Video taken by customers on the scene attest to the viciousness of the attack. It shows screaming, joking, laughing black members of the mob attacking and kicking a white Kroger employee lying immobile on the ground.
Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong released a statement on Sunday morning, making no mention of a possible hate crime.
“We are fully aware of the last night’s incidents. It is extremely troubling to see how many young people were involved, especially on the heels of last week’s youth forum. A lot of our citizens are working to provide safe and productive alternatives for our youth. For those that choose not to take advantage of these opportunities, we will work tirelessly to identify, locate and hold you accountable. Last night’s events clearly demonstrates a lack of parental controls and if warranted these parents will also be held accountable.”
Memphis police Sgt. Karen Rudolph added that surveillance video from several other stores is also being reviewed and police are contacting witnesses.
Police ask for anyone with information about the attacks to contact the Tillman Station GIB at 636-3214 or Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.