WEST POINT, Miss. – An argument at a Waffle House lead to a beating at a Huddle House in West Point over the weekend. Ralph Weems and David Knighten had to be taken to the hospital afterward. Knighten had broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye, and a blood clot in his right eye. Weems was placed in a medically induced coma following brain surgery according to what a family member told the Associated Press.
Knighten told the Associated Press he was warned by a man standing outside a Waffle House that people inside were upset about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, and it might not be safe for a white person. But at that point, Weems was already inside, involved in an argument.
Police were called and upon their arrival, demanded everyone to leave.
Shortly afterwards, Weems and Knighten went to a Huddle House. Knighten said when he came out of the restroom, Weems was surrounded by the very people they had been in an argument with at the Waffle House. Both of them were attacked. Knighten said there were as many as 20 people involved, but the police said the group was less than half that size.
So far no one has been arrested. Police are investigating this as an assault and not as a hate crime.
News Mississippi has tried to get in touch with the West Point Police Department, but so far calls have not been returned.