BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - There's more outrage over a possible hate crime case in Buffalo.One crusader against violence is calling for stiff penalties oncethe attackers are caught.
Brian Milligan, Junior still has some bleeding on the brain,says his family, and will require plates in his jaw, which must nowbe wired closed in order to heal.
Brian Milligan, Senior said, "Twelve young men jumped on himwith a brick and told him he shouldn't have come down to thatarea." (August 20, 2009)
The family believes Brian was targeted by a gang ofAfrican-American teenagers, because he is dating Nicola Fletcher,who is Black.
Community activist Charles Burgin is "totally outraged."
Burgin, whose brother's unsolved 1993 murder still haunts him,wants wants Brian Milligan's assailants to be prosecuted to thefullest extent of the law.
Burgin said, "I'm calling for arrests, calling for justice,stiff sentences, no leniency whatsover, 'cause it was totallybarbaric."
Interracial couples and integration are more common in theSouth, says ReverendDarius Pridgen, than in Buffalo.
Rev. Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church said, "I seeinterracial couples much more in the South, much more accepted,even in the seat of racism, Alabama, Mississippi. In Buffalo, it'sstill kind of odd to see."
Fletcher said, "When I first dated him actually, when I wouldwalk down the street, they would make comments." (August 20,2009)
Brian's girlfriend doesn't understand how racial hatred can beso intense, but she wants justice.
What would she like to see happen now?
Fletcher said, "I would like to see whoever did it to comeforward, or either the police find out who did it."
Burgin said, "Sometimes race plays a part and you can't hidbehind that. They were black. That was barbaric and senseless. Theymust be held accountable."
Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader Rich Fontana is offeringa thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest andconviction of the people responsible for the beating. The BuffaloPolice tipline is 847-2255.
There is also a fund drive that's been started for Brian'smedical expenses.
Donations can be sent to:
Brian Milligan, Jr. benefit account
c/o Leslie Milligan
Bank of America
6041 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043
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