Men chant 'Black lives matter' before viciously attacking white victims, police say

Published: Aug. 22, 2016 at 7:17 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2016 at 12:34 PM EDT
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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A group of men chanting "Black Lives Matter" was accused of viciously beating up seven white victims in Akron early Sunday morning.

According to the police report, the attack happened around 12:30 a.m. in the area of Carroll and Goodkirk streets.

Police said seven white men were walking when they were approached by five black men and two white men, shouting, "Black lives matter."

The suspects started hitting them with bottles, punching and kicking the victims. One victim fell to the ground and was kicked in the head several times before losing consciousness. The suspects then took the victims' belongings before running off.

Both Akron police and University of Akron officers responded and located the suspects nearby.

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Anthony M. Valasek, 18, of Walbroow Street NW in Canton, was charged with riot, felonious assault and robbery.

Raejon W. Williams, 18, of 6th Street SW in Canton, was charged with riot, receiving stolen property and assault.

Jessie L. Butler, 19, of Clarendon Avenue SW in Canton, was charged with riot and assault.

James C. Vance, 22, of 13th Street NE in Canton, was charged with riot, assault and receiving stolen property.

Shane R. Thompson, 20, of 28th Street in Canton, was charged with riot and assault.

Bret D. Young, 25, of 3rd Street NE in Canton, was charged with felonious assault, riot and robbery.

Jordan M. McCrae, 22, of Bromo Court SE in Canton, was charged with riot.


They were all booked into Summit County Jail.

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