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Graphic video captures violent beating in Hillside Court

Posted at 10:19 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 10:35:58-04

Warning: Some may find this graphic video disturbing 

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police are aware of a graphic video of a beating incident in Richmond Thursday, but say since no one called 911, so far there's no criminal investigation.

It was before breakfast Thursday morning, when a man is seen on video throwing punches in Hillside Court.

"It shows our folks have a lot to learn. Here we have a man in a position of surrender and another man with no regard for his life,” said Charles Willis, the leader of Citizens Against Crime, a grassroots organization that tries to build relationships between communities and the police.

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The violent altercation went for three-and-a-half minutes. When another man tried stepping in, the man throwing right and left hooks warned him if he got any closer he would feel his wrath.

"How often do you hear that police aren't doing their job?” said Willis. “But now you clearly see a crime being committed and folks don't pick up the phone and call the authorities to come and do what they do best."

The man throwing punches claims the man he's beating made his sister cry.

Rib shot after rib shot and punches to the kidney, Willis says the man on the ground is lucky he wasn't seriously injured.

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And even worse, Willis worries about the young eyes who he says were most likely witnessing the beat down.

"He's someone’s uncle, brother or maybe even dad,” Willis said. “Beating another man to no end? I have zero tolerance for that."

Willis says the video is evidence of what keeps a vicious cycle of violence turning.

Faith leaders and Willis had been in Hillside Court less than 24 hours earlier trying to mentor young men, something Willis says wasn't heard by the man throwing punches.