Father Says Son’s Beating Is a Hate Crime

Published September 9, 2009

The father of an 18-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., man whose son was brutally beaten by a group of African-American men is begging the community to turn in the abusers, saying that the assault only occurred because his son, who is White, was dating a Black girl.

Brian Milligan Sr., says that the assailants beat his son with their fists, feet and a huge chunk of concrete, leaving him bloody, bruised and with a broken jaw and gash in the back of his head. But, despite the seriousness of the beating, Milligan said he has heard very little from the police, the media and overall community. He’d like to see the case prosecuted as a hate crime.

"If this was a Black guy who was beaten by a group of White guys for dating a White girl, people would be up in arms," he said. "There's a double standard."

Buffalo Police say that a group of 10 to 15 Black men attacked Milligan Jr. late at night. Mike DeGeorge, a spokesman for the police department, said that although no arrests have been made, the matter is still being investigated.

Milligan Sr. said that his son and girlfriend, Nicola Fletcher, also 18, are regularly harassed because of their interracial relationship.

"Every time they walk the streets, people stop him and call him 'cracker' and ask her why she's not with a Black guy," Milligan Sr. said. Just two days before the attack, Fletcher said she was shot with paintball pellets by the same group. "I'm afraid to walk the streets," she said. "Those guys are still out there." 

Written by BET.com Staff

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