As if this weren’t bad enough, turns out he was beaten because the guy thought he was Japanese:
Alford said, “It looked to me like he was going to actually throw him into the oncoming traffic.” Alford ran out onto the street, waved his arms and said “stop, stop.” Two other bystanders joined him to stop the beating and that’s when the attacker started to protest. According to Alford, he said, “Why are you helping him? Don’t you know this man’s Japanese? Don’t you know what we did for them in Vietnam?”
Alford said it was totally crazy talk like that that really made no sense. As Packard walked away from the beating, Alford followed him and pointed him out to police who made the arrest.
The victim suffered only minor injuries. According to charging documents, Packard appeared to be either high on something or mentally ill. They took him to a hospital where he was quoted as saying, “I beat him up to keep the white people safe.”
Fortunately, the victim suffered only minor injuries. The assailant, meanwhile, faces hate crime charges.
Personally, I blame Japan.
Now, I’m no fan of hate crime sentencing, but I suppose tacking on a few years for being stupid wouldn’t bother me any.