ARKANSAS: A 16-year old black boy is being charged as an adult in a battery case after prosecutors became aware of a YouTube video showing him striking a 12-year old white boy with brass knuckles.
Kane Millsaps, 16, pleaded not guilty June 3 to first-degree battery, a felony, and possessing an instrument of crime, a misdemeanor. Police say Millsaps hit a 12-year-old boy while wearing brass knuckles.
The attack occurred May 31 at a walking trail in Conway, according to a probable cause affidavit. Millsaps hit the victim for “running his mouth saying he was an MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] Fighter and he could beat him up,” the affidavit reads. The victim told authorities he did not know Millsaps.
Officers learned of the incident when a witness’s family member brought the video to the Conway Police Department on June 1. When officers spoke with the victim, they noted his right eye was bruised, there was a cut on his neck and he had broken teeth. The victim said he lost consciousness after being hit and “when he woke up he thought he had gravel in his mouth but it was pieces of his teeth,” the affidavit stated.
A witness who recorded the incident on Millsaps’s phone said Millsaps told her the victim had provoked him, a claim she disputed. The witness told investigators that the victim “did not even see Millsaps coming and did not know he was going to be hit,” the affidavit stated.
A girl seen pushing Millsaps off the victim at the end of the video said the victim “had a hole in his cheek which may need stitches,” the affidavit states. Millsaps was arrested June 2 at the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Services division after meeting with his probation officer.
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