In south Los Angeles on July fourth, a 92 year old man was brutally beaten by four or five people for what appeared to be no main reason at all. Rodolfo Rodriguez was walking in his neighborhood when he came into an altercation with a woman, who then proceeded to beat him with a brick.
According to witnesses, three or four men soon joined the woman in kicking and beating Rodriguez, even going so far as to shout racist claims at him. Rodriguez is currently hospitalized for his injuries.
Though the Los Angeles Police Department have yet to clarify whether or not they believe this to be a motivated hate crime, Twitter users have used the incident as a means to cry out against similarly racist acts.
Rodriguez is a father, grandfather, and legal US citizen. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Rodriguez Was Going on His Afternoon Walk When He Accidentally Bumped Into a Woman & Child
Rodriguez was allegedly going on his normal afternoon walk when he bumped into an African American woman and a child. For an unknown reason (his family has suggested that she was upset he walked into her), the woman began to beat Rodriguez with a brick.
Soon after, four men joined her and began to kick and hit Rodriguez. Eventually he was allegedly struck from behind, hit the ground and blacked out, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Rodriguez was eventually assisted by a witness who called 911, and the suspects ran away.
2. He Was Rendered Immobile After the Attack, & Now Suffers Multiple Injuries
The attack was so brutal that Rodriguez was unable to walk after the suspects ran away, and he now suffers a myriad of injuries, including bruised ribs, a broken cheekbone, and head and neck injuries.
Rodriguez does not speak English, and has not commented on the incident, though family members such as his grandson Erik Martinez have been outspoken about the brutal nature of the incident.
Of the injuries and the gruesome nature of the beating, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy D’Angelo Robinson said: “We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed. There was what appears to be a 4-year-old child there who witnessed the entire thing. We can’t have these kind of people like that out in the streets”
3. A GoFundMe Has Been Established to Help Cover Rodriguez’s Medical Costs
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