Video: Girl viciously attacked in McDonald’s brawl but refuses to snitch

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By The Daily News

Dozens of kids and at least two adults watched as four teenage girls brutalized a pint-sized 15-year-old girl in a Brooklyn McDonald’s — but not one made a move to stop it, a shocking video that’s been shared across the globe shows.

None of the witnesses at the Flatbush Ave. fast-food joint — many of whom were cheering during the after-school onslaught— dialed 911, though McDonald’s workers did call, police said.

One callous onlooker even joked as the girl lay on the floor, “Yo, she’s dead. It’s a murder!”

And even though every punch, gasp and cheer was captured on video, the girls who carried out the brutal beatdown may never be charged since witnesses refuse to speak up.

The pummeled 15-year-old, a student at Erasmus Hall High School, was hospitalized overnight Monday but collapsed Wednesday at home and was rushed to SUNY Downstate Medical Center, her devastated grandmother said.

“She can’t sleep because she got kicked to the body,” the grandmother said as tears streamed down her cheeks. “She fell again and they had to take her

The girl has two black eyes and multiple bruises, a police source said. Despite being beaten to a pulp, the teen has refused to talk to police, officials said. She’s apparently afraid of retaliation — some of the girls who attacked her have links to the Young Savages, a violent crew that operates out of Crown Heights, police sources said.

On Wednesday — two days after the 2:50 p.m. attack, which took place right after school dismissal at Erasmus — community leaders called for the victimized teen and witnesses to come forward and press charges.

“We are asking that young lady to not be afraid,” community activist Tony Herbert said outside the McDonald’s near Church Ave. where the attack took place — a known trouble spot “Come forward. We will stand with her.

Herbert also asked that the teenage assailants surrender to authorities. “We have names,” he said. “We have pictures. We have video of all these individuals. So save the taxpayers money and bring yourself forward.”

As the video caught fire online, New Yorkers and viewers from as far away as Nigeria who watched the jaw-dropping attack were stunned nobody stepped in.

“Everybody that was watching is mad p—y for not breaking it up,” wrote Janae Aiko as she posted the video on her Facebook page. As of Wednesday night it had been shared more than 25,000 times.

Cops said the victim’s mother has also refused to cooperate. Investigators now want to speak to the teen’s father in the hopes he can persuade the girl to press charges.

Detectives were inside the family home in Brooklyn for more than an hour Wednesday night.

Police believe the brawlers were embroiled in an ongoing feud over “someone telling lies” about the victim, a source close to the case said.

The teens set up the encounter at McDonald’s, the source said. “(The victim) was there to fight,” a second police source said. “It looks like they went there to straighten out their differences and she wound up getting the worst of it.”

The video clearly shows the victim throwing the first punch, but, within seconds, her 17-year-old rival and three other teens swarm her and launch a volley of teeth-rattling haymakers at her head.

“At first she was fighting just one girl,” said 15-year-old Tiana Smith, who saw the fight as she walked by the McDonald’s Monday. “Then like about eight to 10 others joined. It looked like 100. I felt bad for her. No one was helping her. It was messed up. Not even the adults (helped her).”

“I wanted to help her, but I knew I would get jumped, too,” Smith said.

Despite being outnumbered, the teen refused to let go of her rival — and even pulled one brawler’s black hoodie off to reveal a purple bra. By the end of the three-minute video, the teen is left cowering under a table.

Her attacker doesn’t seem to care that the young woman is sprawled on the floor. She kicks and stomps on her head several more times, calling her a “bitch,” before storming off, the video shows.

It’s not until the very end of the melee that a few students finally take the beaten teen and lay her down on a bench.

By the time police responding to the 911 call arrived, cops on patrol, flagged down by a witness, were already there — but the fight was over, police officials said.

Battered and bruised, the teen refused to talk with the police. They had to go to Erasmus High School and get a dean, who convinced her to seek medical attention.

Another school staffer stayed with the teen at a nearby hospital until her parents showed up, a Department of Education official said.

“The actions in this video are abhorrent and our primary concern right now is for the well-being of the student,” schools spokesman Jason Fink said in a statement.

Cops were out in force at the McDonald’s Wednesday, but Herbert claimed the chain has to take some responsibility.

“The NYPD is not their private security force,” Herbert said. “They have to provide security knowing they get an abundance of these young minds.

Workers at McDonald’s pointed out they called 911 twice within six minutes of the attack.

“The safety of my employees and customers is my top priority,” McDonald’s franchisee Paul Goodman said in a statement. “In keeping with my restaurant policy, my employees contacted the police at the onset of this situation.”

 

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