Chris Marquez, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, says a group of black teens attacked him at a McDonald's in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12 (video below).
Marquez told WJLA:
"They asked me if I believe that black lives matter. I felt threatened and thought they were trying to intimidate me, so I figured I'm just going to keep to my food, eat my food and hopefully they'll leave me alone. And because I wasn't responding back to them, they were calling me a racist.
"As soon as I walked out of the McDonald’s, I got hit in the back of the head, or the side of the head. I just dropped to the ground, and [the McDonald's manager] says I looked unconscious."
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Marquez told The Daily Caller that he regained consciousness, took a cab back to his apartment building where workers called an ambulance, which transported him to a local hospital where doctors treated him for injuries to his head and eye.
The attackers charged more than $115 on Marquez's various credit cards, reports The Daily Caller.
McDonald's reportedly gave surveillance video to the Metropolitan Police, which later released the video.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Peter Newsham told WJLA: "With video, when we have video in cases, we have to look at the value and what kind of chance somebody may be able to identify a suspect from that, and once we are able to put that together, if we do have that we will share it."
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The Metropolitan Police say the suspects are three black males and one female.
“I believe this was a hate crime and I was targeted because of my skin color,” Marquez told The Daily Caller. “Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the mainstream media refuses to report on it.”
“When I was in the Marine Corps, I served with people from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and races,” Marquez added. “Like all Marines, I fought for the freedom of all Americans and not just one particular group.”