Marine attacked calls on leaders of Black Lives Matter movement to condemn violence
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
On Thursday D.C. Police released video of a brutal attack against a decorated Iraq war veteran outside a Northwest McDonald's.
Thirty-year-old Chris Marquez was attacked by three suspects last Friday night as he left the McDonald's, which is at 911 E Street NW.
The video shows one of the suspects punch Marquez from behind as he's walking out of the restaurant. Another suspect is seen kicking him while he's on the ground, and another is seen robbing him while he's down.
"I was very angry, I was kind of stunned," Marquez told ABC7 from his room at the V.A. Medical Center. "It's kind of weird watching yourself get attacked in such a manner."
Marquez is being treated for a concussion he suffered in the attack.
Marquez called the attack cowardly since it began while he had his back turned.
The Marine veteran says that while he was at the McDonald's Friday night, the suspects began taunting him. He says they called him a racist and asked him if "black lives mattered."
Marquez says he sensed trouble and did not respond to their taunts.
The ensuing attack has received international attention.
"I understand many people -- especially seeing that video -- are going to be very angry," Marquez said. "I don't want anyone to use this as an excuse for more hate or violence or anything of that type."
Although it's unclear if the attackers were politically motivated, Marquez called on leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement to condemn violence.
"They need to really speak to the nation, tell people these types of acts of violence will not stand," Marquez said.