US Army officer attacked at Walmart

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  1. Is there some kind of context for this? Looks like the attacker is faffing around trying to pull *something* from his jacket pocket at one point.

    (and hints of the flailing mong about them too)

    nm - from the youtube description :-

    Published on 15 Apr 2013
    Shocking moment man attacked uniformed U.S. Army captain at Wal-Mart because of his military service. Assaulted for being a SOLDIER: Schenectady man assaults Army captain in Albany. Albany police arrested a 47-year-old Schenectady resident for assaulting a member of the U.S. Armed Forces while inside of a local department store on Thursday.

    Officers responded to Wal-Mart, located at 141 Washington Avenue Extension, for a report of fight. Upon arrival, the victim, a 43-year-old United States Army Captain, stated he was assaulted by another man near the store's register.

    "It started with the middle finger and the officer asked if it was for him or something of that nature and it escalated from there," said Officer Steve Smith with the Albany Police Department.

    The victim, who was wearing his Army uniform, told officers that a man standing directly behind him in line began to yell derogatory statements towards him about the United States of America and his service to the country. The suspect then struck him several times in the face.

    The victim sustained bruising to his face and a laceration over his eye. He was treated at the scene by Albany Fire Department personnel.

    "It looks like he displayed a great deal of restraint which is consistent with the armed forces, law enforcement and public service. We are held at a higher standard and you have to commend him for being able to have that restraint," said Smith.

    The suspect, 47-year-old Yiqiang Wu, of Schenectady, was arrested at the scene and charged Assault 3rd-degree as a Hate Crime. He was arraigned this morning in the Albany City Criminal Court.

    Police say Wu is charged with a hate crime because of the nature of what he was yelling at the captain.

    "The law states that if you are talking about the country per say or using derogatory statements towards the United States," he said.

    When police arrived at the Wal-Mart soon after the alleged assault, they say Wu was cooperative and sent to the hospital for a mental evaluation. They say they believe he suffers from mental illness.

    "We thought it was important to get this out obviously because of the uniformed aspect. He is a person that serves our country and it not only happens to police but to public servants every day," said Smith.
  2. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

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  3. Fair one, if I was stood behind someone taking that long to fumble for his change purse I'D drop the **** too.
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  4. _Chimurenga_

    _Chimurenga_ LE Gallery Guru

    I'm disappointed. You'd expect a fight between a Chinaman and an Army officer to have some kung fu or karate. I've watched more exciting brawls between Catholic high school girls outside my office window.
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  5. Possible... it was a post about the US Army by JumpinJarHead!
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  6. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    Is there a punch-line?
  7. Ahem..... Pictures?

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  8. Don't you have to pay for that though?

  9. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    The irony of which was not lost on me, however I'm expecting an inter service rivalry declaration from JJH
  10. He shouldn't have been seen in a civilian establishment in ASUs anyway. We were always cautioned about going shopping in our BDUs as that is not a dress uniform. You were supposed to go straight from your home to your place of duty if you were in the Army work uniform. ;-) I only stopped for gas or a pack of smokes when I was in. Once I pulled duty that involved strapping on a 45 Army colt with the cool leather holster. When we stopped to refuel our CUCV I felt like a steely eyed dealer of death as I strutted around behind my Raybans. :p

    No Jap-slapping? :? Shame on the captain as he should have had his combat training by now. :p
  11. _Chimurenga_

    _Chimurenga_ LE Gallery Guru

    Well, he was wearing camouflage so he wasn't expecting to be seen.
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  12. Was the video taken from his miniature Cobra attack helicopter? I can't imagine any Yank getting stuck in to a proper fight without one.
  13. That's only allowed in the five items of less queue.
  14. Well, he didn't get the idea of Walmart camo...