There was an altercation between a drunk, racist, well-dressed white man and a black couple in New York's Greenwich Village on Friday. It did not end well for the white man, who is now in critical condition after he was knocked out and his head hit the pavement. There's some debate over how this incident started, based on the two primary reports from the New York Post and the New York Daily News.
Here's the Post's version of events:
A black couple was sitting outside the Mexican joint when an intoxicated white man stumbled into their table.
Douglas Reddish, 25, who was eating with his girlfriend, tried to help him regain his balance, cops said, and the wait staff came over to shoo the table crasher away.
Witnesses on Greenwich Ave. near W. 12th St. said the white man — who cops said is in his 30s — was belting back beers outside Benny’s Burritos about 5:30 p.m. when he began mouthing off to a black customer in the outdoor seating area.
What happened next isn't really up for debate, though. The drunken white man hurled racial slurs at the couple who were, up until this point, privately enjoying some Mexican food. "You n-----s are why I lost my job," the unidentified drunk said, witnesses told the Daily News. "This n----r wants to fight me!" he yelled, police told the Post.
What would you do if a well-dressed man, who is clearly drunk, interrupted your dinner and began hurling racial slurs at you and your significant other for no apparent reason other than you were there, in front of him, during his drunken rage? You'd probably knock the guy out, too, and that's exactly what Reddish did.
The drunk fell back and hit his head pretty hard on the pavement, though. "He was out cold. I thought he was dead," Benny’s worker Robert Garcia told the Post. "He mentioned the N-word, this guy hits him one time and he hits his head on the curb," another witness told the Daily News. Reddish fled the scene after the unidentified racist drunk started "bleeding profusely," but he was picked up by the New York Police Department a few blocks away, according to CBS New York, and charged with assault.
The drunk, who "could hardly walk," according to one witness, is now in critical condition at Beth Israel Hospital. That same witness said she spoke with the man before he got clocked and he was upset about his wife leaving him and his job at Goldman Sachs.
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