Beaten, Robbed, a Victim of Hate: Charges say white assailants hurled racial epithets as they attacked two black men in Brooklyn Park

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Derrick Thomas showed the bruises and cuts inflicted this week in Brooklyn Park in a beating that authorities are treating as a hate crime. A neighbor called 911, and police arrested two suspects as they committed a second assault nearby.

Derrick Thomas showed the bruises and cuts inflicted this week in Brooklyn Park in a beating that authorities are treating as a hate crime. A neighbor called 911, and police arrested two suspects as they committed a second assault nearby.


Minnesota Star Tribune/ Paul Walsh & Abby Simons—Derrick Thomas was on his bike with home in his sights, returning about 1 a.m. Wednesday from hanging out with his girlfriend and cousin in Brooklyn Park.

Before he knew to be terrified, Thomas, who has autism, found himself flying over his handlebars and writhing on his back on the concrete. Standing over him, he said, were three men armed with an ax, brass knuckles and a gun.

They beat and kicked the 18-year-old while screaming a racial epithet, and they ordered him to strip naked, he told police. Then they robbed him of everything he had, including his Air Jordans, blue jeans and shirt. Police said Thomas has a mental capacity of someone 8 to 10 years old.

“They were saying stuff like, ‘We hate the president; we’re gonna kill the president, his wife and his kids,'” Thomas recalled from his front stoop Friday, his left eye puffy and discolored. “They said every black person that comes through our park, we’re gonna kick their butt. We don’t like black people, period.”

Bryan Westerlund

Bryan Westerlund


The assault, and another on a second black man — Thomas’ uncle — just blocks away, led authorities Friday to file assault and robbery charges against Anthony P. Kilpela and Bryan C. Westerlund, both 21 and both white, of Minneapolis.
“We’re incensed,” said an angry Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who took the unusual step of calling a news conference about the charges from his living room while he was home ill.
Anthony Kilpela

Anthony Kilpela


“We will send the message that these kinds of hate crimes are not to be tolerated,” Freeman continued. “You do the racial thing, you’re gonna do more time, and we’ve asked for more time.”

The alleged comments about the Obamas drew the attention of the Secret Service, whose agents interviewed Thomas on Friday, according to his family.

“We will appropriately investigate, as we do all threats against the president,” said John Kirkwood, special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Minneapolis field office. Such threats, Kirkwood said, are felonies.

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7 responses to “Beaten, Robbed, a Victim of Hate: Charges say white assailants hurled racial epithets as they attacked two black men in Brooklyn Park

  1. audiegrl

    This story reminds me of the one about the Black woman getting beaten down in front of her young daughter at the Cracker Barrel restaurant.

    https://the44diaries.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/president-carter-was-right-man-beats-black-woman-at-cracker-barrel-in-front-of-her-7-year-old-daughter/

  2. betsmeier

    When is this ever going to stop. I cringe when I read these horrendous stories, and wonder how people can act like animals. Only, animals don’t fight unless it’s for survival. These men, both the MN ones and the one that beat up the black woman at the Cracker Barrel restaurant didn’t need to do this to survive. They did it because the are bullies, racists, and any other name you might want to call them.

    Fortunately, or unfortunately, which ever way you want to look at it, I believe that since we now have a black President we are now reading more about the hate crimes. Is that bad? Has this been going on the whole time, we just didn’t see any reporting on it? I do believe that we as a nation probably knew it was going on, but just didn’t see any news on it. I personally think that it’s good to be aware of what is going on around us. And maybe people will stop being so complacent and take action against these animals.

  3. ASK612

    I don’t understand why everybody believes what they hear on the news. It’s full of lies, and bullshit, people hear one thing and think its what really happened, but really who does know what happened? what about Tyler? Nobody has said anything about him, who knows Anthony and Bryan could just be going down for what somebody else did. I don’t think anybody should say anthing, until they really know what happens. And who cares where the “suspects” live, that has no revalance to the case, especially when no body knows the back ground of either of the 3. And where did the hate crime come from? in no way was this a hate crime, it just happened to be the 2 people they seen that night were black.. what if there was a black suspect that night, would it still be a hate crime? Or if it was 2 white guys getting beat by a car full of black dudes.. it would be a hate crime, it wouldnt even make the news, because that shit happens every single night, and nobody ever gets charged, if anything it would be considered an assult, or simple robbery. I think the aggravated robbery title of this case is bullshit, maybe they had an axe.. but neither victims got hurt by it, it was just there. If they really had an intent to fuck somebody up i think one of the two victims would have been hurt by the weapon. There are many incidents where robberys occur, and a gun is involved, but not used thats not even looked at… its bullshit.

    • I’d say the “hate crime” aspect comes in when the motivation to assault is to attack someone because of their color, sexual orientation etc. It happens. And yes, sometimes blacks attack whites based on race.

      But historically I think you can figure out where the bigger problem lies.

    • me

      i know all of them and they need to be hung the are racest meth heads that should rot in hell

      • me

        by the way racest slurs were used in the attack

      • Brett Westerlund

        Listen here fuck tard that’s my brother. FYI he didn’t beat the kid up he stood there and did nothing to help which isn’t good either but he was drunk and everyone does stupid shit when they are drunk. hes doesn’t even do meth…. fuck you and fuck your family i hope YOU rot in hell!

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