SEE IT: Cincinnati bystanders jeer unconscious tourist after vicious beating
Cold-hearted bystanders jeered and laughed at an unconscious tourist lying at their feet after a vicious beating in Cincinnati, a video showed.
“Damn, n---a, you just got knocked the f--k out!” shouted one of the callous witnesses.
The man’s face was covered in blood as he lay motionless late Saturday in the city’s Fountain Square neighborhood.
The tourist, identified as 27-year-old Christopher McKnight of Indiana, was jumped by a crowd of teens as Fourth of July crowds spilled into the square from a free concert, fireworks show and a nearby Reds baseball game, authorities said.
A police captain originally described the attack on the man as an “anti-foreigner” crime, but police brass backpedaled on Monday, claiming it wasn’t clear if it was nationally motivated, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The disturbing footage shows a jeering crowd mocking McKnight following the assault.
“You got knocked the f--k out, b---h,” called one of the bystanders.
“That s--t ain’t cool, bro,” he said.
McKnight was hospitalized with a concussion, broken nose and other facial injuries, the Enquirer reported.
He was released from the hospital on Sunday.
The beating was part of a wild night in Fountain Square, stoking fears the city couldn’t handle the thousands of people expected to arrive for the Major League Baseball All-Star game scheduled for July 14.
During Saturday night’s unrest, one police officer was sucker punched in the face and another hit with a flying bottle as cops tried to control out-of-control crowds.
The wounded officers had returned to work by Monday, police said.
City leaders called the violence an aberration and vowed to staff downtown to keep the peace during All-Star weekend with hundreds of extra rent-a-cops.
“We are the safest big city in America,” Police Chief Jeff Blackwell said on Monday.
Police have named no suspects in Saturday’s attack on the tourist from Indiana.