Police Investigate Racially Charged Beating

SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. (STMW) – A Gary, Ind. resident tried to escape a South Haven bar after becoming aware it might not be a safe place for a black man.

Although the 24-year-old was not seriously hurt, he was attacked in the parking lot by three white men yelling racial slurs, police said.

The trouble started about 10 p.m. Thursday when the victim and a friend, who also is black, went to Sportsman’s Bar, 381 W. U.S. 6, for a few beers.

The two sat next to a female Hispanic friend already sitting at the bar. However, they were stared at by a white man who had chatted with and exchanged phone numbers with the woman earlier in the evening, police said.

When the man made a phone call, the victim overheard part of it, in which he told the person on the other line, “Hurry up and come up here. I got some work for you.” Three more white men arrived soon after, presumptively in response to the call.

One of the bartenders approached the black men and advised them to leave because the three newcomers were racist and “were probably going to start something,” the victim told police.

Once the black men left the bar, the three white men followed, yelling racial slurs and for them to get in the vehicle. As the 24-year-old opened the vehicle’s door, the men started punching and kicking him until he got it closed. Police said he had a bloody nose and minor cuts on his lips. He refused medical treatment.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is investigating several leads, although police learned the security cameras in the bar’s parking lot were not working.

One of the attackers was described as wearing all black, including a leather vest and a stocking cap, and with a full beard. A second also was wearing all black and was described as balding and with a small amount of facial hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Gary Gear at (219) 477-3000, Ext. 3131.

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  • lunquewill

    As opposed to the non-racially charged beatings that presumably wouldn’t make the news.

    • Average Guy


  • Anne

    Cant believe this is still going on 2011.

    • MaryEllen Galloway

      Hi Anne, I can’t believe you are saying this either! Where have you been hiding, under a rock? The racists are all around you; wake up!

  • jesse

    jesse and sharpton get over there….

  • Mr. Justice

    I don’t believe this incident happened as it is reported.

  • swizzle

    republicans doing what they do best

  • Renee

    ok they should know who the one guy is, if the hispanic female friend chatted and exchanged numbers with him earlier

  • Mr. Justice

    Yep! God Bless All Republicans and Conservatives. The puking liberals have destroyed enough of America!

    • Average Guy

      What does republicans, conservatives and liberals have to do with a bunch of racist knuckleheads?

  • gee-reg

    Why is it NOT racist when blacks beat up whites ???

    • Average Guy

      It is racist if a black person attacks and batter you because of us race or skin color. It’s called a hate crime.

  • Average Guy

    All behavior is learned and all learning starts at home. Hopefully we learn right from wrong at home. Some of us do, and it sticks. Some of us don’t. Some of us are taught wrong because our parents were never taught right. Let us break the cycle.

  • Sgt Friday

    but if i am white and brake down or go to a getto bar and get whopped….my falut…?

    • Average Guy

      What point are you trying to make?

    • Sgt Saturday

      ha exactly. if a white guy is caught up in the ghetto, they sat well he shouldnt have been there….a black guy get caught in white area, well that is racist. what a joke. the fact that blacks make themselves look like idiots, always amuse me. they want to be equal but until they stop whining and working for themselves, they will always be thought of less

      • Average Guy

        African-Americans have and always will be thought of as less by whites of all ethnic groups. You do this because of your fear of the unknown. People do this within every ethnicity. Fact is whites go into African-American communities’ everyday and don’t get beat because of their race. They are robbed because people think they have money and/or perceive them to be weak, and because it’s so few of them and so many of us. Kinda like what happened at the club in Indiana?

  • Straight Shooter

    Seriously. Had this been some white guy beaten by a group of blacks in a black bar we never would have heard about. And of course Jesse and Al will be all over this – talk about two wastes of oxygen.

    • Average Guy

      You have to be kidding me! White people are not beaten because they are white. Minorities beat white people because they won’t give up the money. Minorities or poor people are looking for money. White people tend to have a job, which means they might have some money. Minorities don’t car jack white people because they are white. They car jack them because they like the car or want the car, which means they will car jack anyone.

  • Average Guy

    Did any one of you people who posted your racial garbage actually read the story before you posted. The story stated that the two African-American men sat next to a female friend who had exchanged phone numbers with one of the men. The white men became rude and stared at the two African-American men. At this point I would have said it was jealousy. Then they called for reinforcements. Three more people showed up making it six to two. The bartenders advised them to leave because the three newcomers were racist and “were probably going to start something.” After they left, the three white men followed, yelling racial slurs and attacked them, sounds racial to me.

  • sean

    These racist posts crack me up….just like they did behind the sheets, behind the badges (well, some of them anyway) and now behind the computer, they talk all of this smack, but won’t do it to anyone’s face….get a life & tell your parents to please put on the parental controls.

  • common sense

    Average Guy I couldnt agree with you more…

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