Man says he was attacked in Okolona park because he is white

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 6:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police are investigating an alleged attack at a park in Okolona. The man who says he was assaulted by a group of teens says he was targeted because of his race.

“I was attacked because I am white,” Joseph Roundtree said.

He says his walk on Friday evening was anything but safe.

“I was walking through the park. I had just gotten out of my car I was walking through the park. They come over there and attack me they were playing basketball it was in broad daylight. It was 5 p.m.,” Roundtree said.

“They started hitting me, they threw some kind of a log at me. They grabbed me and they knocked me unconscious. They got me on the ground. They were beating me," Roundtree said.

He says a group of African American teens came after him at Okolona Park and stole his cash and cell phones.

“It was a simple assault and that’s not right I am very upset over this," Roundtree said.

Some at the park were surprised to hear the alleged assault.

“I have seen teenagers up here a lot. I have never seen any trouble. That kind of does surprise me,” Aral Michalow who plays basketball at the park said.

Others say the news isn't so shocking.

“It is but it isn't. You hear about stuff going on all the time over here over there. So, I mean bad stuff happens. It doesn't have an address,” Robert Fason who plays basketball at Okolona Park said.

Police are now trying to get to the bottom of what happened and who is responsible.

 

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