Crime

Man With Cerebral Palsy Mocked And Attacked

| by David Bonner

A man with cerebral palsy was punched in the face outside a convenience store in Pennsylvania on May 10.

The incident, which was captured on surveillance video, occurred at a 7-Eleven store in West Chester, reports the Daily Mail.

When the unnamed victim entered the store, 29-year-old Barry Baker held the door open for him. Moments later, as the victim left the store, Baker followed him to his car while mocking his disability, then suddenly punched him in the face. The 22-year-old victim fell across the hood of his car, clutching his face in pain, before getting into his car and calling police.

“This defendant is a bully," said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. "Every decent citizen should be outraged by the defendant’s conduct. The victim is to be commended for keeping his cool and notifying the police. The victim showed a lot of dignity, I cannot say the same thing for the defendant here."

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Philadelphia Magazine called Baker a "loser" in its headline of the story, adopting the term that President Donald Trump announced is now his preferred name for terrorists, the Daily Mail notes.

Following the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on May 22, Trump said of terrorists: "I won't call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that's a great name. I will call them from now on 'losers' because that's what they are. And we'll have more of them. But they're losers, just remember that."

Regarding the incident at the 7-Eleven, veteran police officers and detectives said even for them the video is hard to watch. “The defendant’s actions in this case are appalling," said West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn. "You wonder what would make an individual treat somebody like that."

According to Chester County court records, Baker has an extensive criminal history, and has been previously jailed for theft and forgery.

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“It’s shocking that in today’s world you would have somebody attacking you simply because you suffer from cerebral palsy,” add District Attorney Hogan.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, cerebral palsy “refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. CP affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movements. The majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it, although it may not be detected until months or years later.”

Baker has been charged with simple assault and other related crimes. His bail was set at $25,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 30.

Sources: Daily Mail (2), NINDS, Philadelphia Magazine / Photo credit: Vask/Wikimedia Commons

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