President Trump tweets video of Macy’s attack; prosecutor waiting to file charges
(6/23/2020) - The apparent attack inside the Macy's store at the Genesee Valley Center mall has caught the commander in chief's attention.
President Donald Trump shared the video on his Twitter account, writing "Looks what's going on here. Where are the protesters? Was this man arrested?"
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton is responding.
“I would say to the president and anybody else who has an interest in this that I will make a fair and just decision as to charging or not charging after I have all the information,” Leyton said.
He saw the president's tweet asking why the man in this video seen assaulting a Macy's employee hasn't been arrested.
The 18-second clip first came to light last week and since has gone viral.
The video starts as the man first hits the store manager. The attacker can be heard repeatedly calling the manager the n-word and continuing to push him down as the manager asks him to stop.
The Flint Township Police Department hasn't arrested anyone. But, the department shared photos of 18-year-old Damire Palmer from Mt. Morris and 22-year-old Damarquay Palmer of Flint Township.
Police are asking the public to help locate them, because they believe one of the men was behind the camera and the other was throwing punches during the attack.
“It certainly appears unprovoked from the video. But again, we don't have all the information yet. That's why we've asked the police to gather us some additional witness statements, some additional documents, and then and only then will we make a decision,” Leyton said.
He said police just came to him Tuesday with the warrant requests and police reports. But after review, his office needs additional witness statements before they can move forward with possible charges.
“I've seen the video that was posted on Facebook and now I have the availability of the in-store video, which I'm going to watch,” Leyton said.
Several people have reached out to ABC12 saying the employee made an inappropriate remark about or to the man before he assaulted him. So we asked if the in-store camera has audio to help make that determination -- it doesn't.
“That's why we want to talk to some more witnesses to see what they saw, what they heard. We want to get a complete picture,” Leyton said. “Haste makes waste and we're going to make sure that we do everything so it's fair and just for all people concerned.”