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RexDog1
01-13-2006, 02:10 PM
Suspects in Fla. Beating Caught on Tape
From Associated Press
January 13, 2006 11:15 AM EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Police are searching for a group of men caught on video tape beating a homeless man.
Investigators say a group of two to four young white males targeted sleeping homeless men in a pre-dawn beating spree, and that one man died from being attacked.
Police say the suspects will face murder charges.
"It's senseless. If you look at these kids, it was almost like it was fun and games for them," said Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Scott Russell. "It looked like they were laughing and finding great joy in what they were doing, which made it more horrific."
Norris Gaynor, 45, died shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday from his injuries at Broward General Medical Center, police said. The two other homeless men were listed in serious condition at the hospital. They have not been identified.
The video shows two men chasing and beating one homeless man, who had been sleeping on a bench shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday near Florida Atlantic University, with what appear to be baseball bats.
"It looked like they were going for the head," said Fort Lauderdale police detective Katherine Collins.
The homeless man found a security guard who called 911, and the 58-year-old man was taken by paramedics to Broward General Medical Center with head trauma and defensive fractures, authorities said.
The scene was chillingly similar to the two beatings that followed early Thursday near the Broward Center for Performing Arts and a church, investigators said.
Gaynor was sleeping around 2:30 a.m. on a secluded park bench near the performing arts center before he was attacked, police said.
A third homeless man flagged down a fire crew passing a church 3 miles away from the performing arts building just after 4 a.m., authorities said.
"He claims that while sleeping he was attacked," said Assistant Chief Stephen McInerny with Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue.
Fort Lauderdale police and homeless advocates on Thursday distributed fliers about the beatings and warned people to sleep in well-lit, busy locations if they can't reach a shelter.
According to the Washington-based National Coalition for the Homeless, 386 homeless individuals have been attacked nationwide since 1999, resulting in 156 deaths.
Four teenagers pleaded guilty last month to fatally beating a 53-year-old homeless man in Daytona Beach in May. They will be sentenced Feb. 21. A fifth teen still faces still faces an aggravated battery charge and is free on $50,000 bail.
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jkski
01-13-2006, 02:31 PM
An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth..........I bet that would stop some of this stuff from happening. Catch the individuals who did this, and let them suffer the same fate.

Harsh... YES...Effective...One would certainly hope so!

jayocheskey
01-13-2006, 04:02 PM
Send them to prison. Upon their arrival - give every inmate a copy of this article with their mug-shots attached. See how long they last.

jayocheskey
01-13-2006, 04:04 PM
The real tragedy: They'll probably get off with probation or some crap like that -- I really hope not, but we'll see.

twieder
01-13-2006, 04:11 PM
I heard once we live in a civilized country!?! Apparentley they let someone else in again.Then we wonder why big brother keeps tightening the reigns on us.I say take them to a homeless shelter and lock em in for an hour or two!

jayocheskey
01-13-2006, 04:16 PM
I heard once we live in a civilized country!?! Apparentley they let someone else in again.Then we wonder why big brother keeps tightening the reigns on us.I say take them to a homeless shelter and lock em in for an hour or two!

I'd agree to that scenario too.

jayocheskey
01-13-2006, 04:19 PM
We let kids get away with this crap now and expect them to make the "right" decisions later on in life. BULL$**T. We're breeding our own crime and our tolerance of it is only amplifying the the acts for generations to come. Something has to change.