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Black Gang Attack White Marines in CA

One man was arrested, and one was seriously injured, during a brawl in Twentynine Palms early Sunday morning. Shortly before 2 a.m., Sheriff deputies responded to a fight in the 6000 block of Ocotillo Avenue involving 20 to 30 people. An unidentified Marine was seriously injured when he was hit with a tire iron and then possibly stabbed. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. During the course of the investigation, Melvin Peters, 23, of Twentynine Palms was arrested on multiple warrants out of Orange County and for resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly. According to Sheriff Sergeant James Porter, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. (kcdzfm.com)

On the morning of the 14th (Sunday) my step son, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, was out with two other friends off base in 29 Palms CA. One was a Marine the other a Civilian. Steven and the other Marine are both white, and they're mutual friend is black. The three men observed a large group (15-20) African American males walking down the street making a lot of noise, shouting, causing a scene. Many were carrying weapons, ie...batons, and at least one tire iron.

The mob notices the three men sitting on the porch smoking and talking and proceeded to make they're way up the drive. At this point Steven, the other Marine and they're civilian friend told them to leave. The mob attacked the other Marine first. Steven, seeing his friend being assaulted attempted to intervene. Stevens black friend also stepped in demanding they stop. The mob ignored Stevens black friend and attacked Steven instead. They struck him in the head with a tire iron, punched him repeatedly, kicked him repeatedly and then stabbed him in the right side of his chest. Once they had him on the ground and unconscious they continued to beat him. The other Marine was able to get away while Steven was eventually robbed while he lay helpless and unable to defend himself.

The police did arrive along with an ambulance to transport Steven to the Desert Palms hospital where he received multiple stitches, and staples to his chest and head. It should be noted that the mob that attacked Steven was composed entirely of black men, 15 to 20 of them. At no time did they attack Stevens black friend. All this took place Sunday the 14th following the George Zimmerman verdict.

I have talked to the Sheriffs Dept. and have promised on multiple occasions to have a detective call me back. It has not happened. My wife was able to speak to a detective Silva who stated he didn't see this as a hate crime. Merely gang activity. I gave the authorities information on where my sons stolen credit cards were being used and the only response we have gotten was. "well, it probably is not the person or persons who committed the assault." I am more then a little outraged. How is this not a hate crime? Why are they trying to sweep this under the rug? Have we fallen so far that our Service men and women must now fear for they're own lives on native soil and not be given the treatment and respect deserved? I wont even go into details on the treatment he received from the hospital or how they treated my wife when she called to ask about the condition of her son.

The "Law Enforcement" is this instance is the San Bernardino Sheriffs Dept. "

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  • commented 2014-05-15 17:02:55 -0400
    The fact this story has only received 2 comments is a good indication of how most Americans have our military and our Veterans on their PAY NO MIND list. Things like this happen often, but unless it’s a racist gang of whites beating up a African American our media doesn’t feel it’s necessary to make it a top story. Just to be clear, it’s called a double standard. I’m a Vet myself and when I decided to go back to college is when I was made aware of how badly this country is treating us. I talked to tons of my fellow vets on campus and most of them only went back to school after they failed to get a job. The Veteran unemployment percentage is double the amount of civilian unemployment. We can’t find work, so that forces us to use the VA healthcare system, which is a nightmare. Obtaining any of the other promised benefits is almost as aggravating as using the VA health clinics and hospitals. We’ve made our predicament very public and told anyone who cares enough to ask all about it, yet nothing improves, AT ALL. Now we have to worry about justice after being beaten by a gang of racists? This country and it’s government is broken. Thank God there are still people who volunteer to serve. Less than 1% over the past 20 years to be exact. Other than meeting and becoming brothers with the most honorable men I’ve ever known, I can’t really say it was worth it anymore.
  • commented 2013-07-18 21:19:56 -0400
    Given the street that this occurred on, I’m not shocked in the least. I used to be the manager of a restaurant that ran deliveries. I had several drivers that were robbed in that exact same block of Ocotillo. I was pretty involved in the town as well and I am totally not shocked by the quick assumption that this is “gang related” as it probably is. However the “Gang” beat and damned near killed a Marine. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that this is a hate crime. Additionally I also think this would have happened to the first person that this group ran into. They were not happy about the Zimmerman Verdict. Do I know that for certain, no I don’t. What I do know is that they were all at a party and it is pretty safe to assume that there had been drinking involved. I am just thankful he used a tire iron and not the sawed off shotgun they confiscated at the address of the party they had been at!! That would have made this story a whole hell of a lot worse!! But here is the story that was originally ran in the local paper there. Derrill George has it pegged properly for sure, the locals are not happy about the Marines being there. They would prefer that the Marines stay on the base and not leave it for anything. Sad really when you think about it. If it weren’t for that base, that town would not be able to sustain itself, at least in my opinion that is.

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