A brutal beating filmed at a Brooklyn McDonald’s on Monday, March 9, has gone viral.
The sickening video shows a group of at least four girls, from the nearby Erasmus Hall High School, punching, slapping, and kicking another 15-year-old girl while onlookers cheered and pulled out their cellphones to capture the beating on video.
A 15-year-old witness described the scene, and said it looked as though there were a hundred girls on top of her. So, why didn’t she, or any of the other bystanders come to the rescue? It’s simple: they didn’t want to get jumped too.
“At first she was fighting just one girl,” the witness said, according to Nine MSN. “Then, like, about eight to 10 others joined. It looked like 100. I felt bad for her. No one was helping her. It was messed up. Not even the adults [helped her].”
“I wanted to help her, but I knew I would get jumped, too.”
Eventually, after nearly three minutes, the brutal beating stopped and another group of onlookers were able to get the victim to a bench, where she was said to be in unbearable pain. The victim, who remains unnamed, was later taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, despite her reservations. She was treated for a broken nose, cuts, lacerations, and black eyes. Police confirmed that she was released from the hospital on Wednesday, March 11.
“Her face looked like a punching bag,” the witness described. “Her nose was broken and she didn’t even know it.”
Since the attack, 16-year-old Aniah Ferguson has been arrested for her leadership role in the beating and for burglary after taking the victim’s cell phone and purse. The is not Aniah’s first run-in with the authorities. As the Inquisitr previously reported, she has a long list of offenses including 16 arrests.
The victim has refused to cooperate with the police. She will not reveal the names of her other attackers or what prompted the attack to occur.
Paul Goodman, the owner of the McDonald’s franchise, released a statement following the beating.
“In keeping with my restaurant policy, my employees contacted the police at the onset of this situation,” Goodman said, according to The Mirror. “As part of Flatbush community, I will continue to work with the NYPD and community leaders to ensure the safety of customers. Since this is now under police investigation it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”
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