Witness says attack on black man by 2 white men unprovoked


In this photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Brandon Killian is pictured in a booking photo dated June 25, 2019. Killian has been charged with a hate crime in the beating of a black man outside of a central Oklahoma music venue last month. (Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A woman who says she saw two white men now charged with a hate crime beat a black man outside an Oklahoma music venue says the victim did nothing to provoke the attack.

Amelia Riggs Kelley of Ada said Thursday she witnessed the June 22 attack on 36-year-old Jarric DeShawn Carolina in the parking lot of the BrickHouse Saloon in Shawnee, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City.

Kelly says she heard someone yelling before she saw “maybe the last one or two punches.” Two white men then drove off in a pickup shouting “white power.”

Court records show 28-year-old Brandon Wayne Killian and 24-year-old Devan Nathaniel Johnson were charged Friday with aggravated assault and battery and malicious intimidation, Oklahoma’s hate crimes law. Records don’t list attorneys for them.

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