A GoFundMe page has raised roughly $24,000 for an Army veteran that was injured and hospitalized after being brutally beaten during the Charlotte riots last week.
Violent protests broke out in the streets of Charlotte following the death of Keith Lamar Scott, 43, who was shot by a black police officer in an apartment complex in Charlotte.
United States Army veteran David Palmer was attacked last Wednesday by rioters.
His sister, Ashley Warlick told WBTV that her family got separated by rioters after having dinner at the EpiCentre.
“It was shortly after that things went south,” Warlick told WBTV. “We were separated at that point. So I got on the phone with my brother multiple times trying to make sure that he headed back home.”
Palmer had run into the Epicentre to get away from a group of men that attacked him, his sister said.
Palmer found work as a bartender’s assistant at the EpiCentre after spending seven years in the Army.
“They stole his phone and caused bodily injuries, not to mention the mental toll that it has taken. This is David’s first year as a civilian after serving seven years in the United States Army and also serving overseas…. He got a job as a barback at a local bar making quick cash until he starts school in the spring,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page.
After getting attacked, he suffered a fractured eye socket and multiple broken bones in his face, she wrote.
Warlick told WBTV that Palmer is going to have a metal plate on the left side of his face and will also need reconstructive surgery.
“My little brother is my rock and seeing him go through such an awful situation is heart breaking,” she added. “I knew I couldn’t protect him while he was in Afghanistan, but never did I worry about our own streets.”
The video below only shows a small portion of the attack against Palmer. It shows mostly the aftermath of the people taking part in the attack and witnessing it.