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Homeless man beat on tape, no one helps

January 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A homeless man is not expected to survive a beating in Washington, D.C. that was caught on tape. What happened after the beating is even more disturbing than the act of violence itself. The man was knocked to the ground and got back up, only to be pushed back down. His head hit the back of a minivan the second time and he never got back up afterwards. Nineteen minutes passed with no calls to 911 while passersby ignored him, with some people even stepping over him. The owner of the minivan eventually returned, loaded his groceries and drove away.

"He should not have been down like that," one man said. "People stepping over him?I don't know what's going on."

It wasn't until a worker at a nearby grocery store called 911 that help arrived. Investigators used the tape to identify the two suspects who beat the man. Both are charged with felony assault while the homeless man remains in extremely critical condition.


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