UPDATE: Arrests warrants issued for men involved in brutal beating caught on camera
Chattanooga police are investigating a community beating, caught on camera. Police are looking for several men who were seen brutally beating a man, Tuesday morning.
UPDATE: Officers from the Chattanooga Housing Authority Police Department and Chattanooga Police Department have identified those involved in a recent assault caught on video.
Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Dekendra Mason, Denzel Montgomery, and Andre Porter. The three men are validated gang members.
They are facing criminal charges that include: aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct. Additional charges are expected to be filed.
Those with information are asked to call the Chattanooga Housing Authority’s Police Department at: 423.209.2020 or send a text to: 423.451.6898 or the Chattanooga Police Department at: 423.698.2525. All information is confidential.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police are investigating a community beating, caught on camera. Police are looking for several men who were seen brutally beating another man, Tuesday morning.
An anonymous tip given to Channel 3 and Police started the investigation. Residents who live in the West Chattanooga Housing Authority say they're afraid someone else will be hurt. We want to warn you, the video shared may be considered graphic to some viewers. Police are asking anyone who can identify the people in the video to come forward.
The fight involved men and women of all ages, you can see 3 on 1 and at times 4 on 1. Channel 3 viewers say that bystanders streamed the violence live on Facebook. Tuesday and no one called police until hours later.
Video from another angle taken at the West Chattanooga Authority Housing Complex shows a man on the ground being kicked several times in the head. We can see his hands up, protecting his face as other men jump in on the beating. Channel 3 counted at least 40 kicks and punches to his head before it stops.
"To see any young person getting beat up on is never good and I really despise the people who actually shared the videos online," said resident James Westmoreland.
Residents tells Channel 3 there is a no-snitch culture among residents who fear retaliation.
"You have a lot of people who are onlookers or bystanders that won't speak up," said Westmoreland. "Some of these people are raised on you see it you keep walking like don't put yourself in that danger, opposed to helping one another out..... It hurts, for me my perspective is what if that was my relative."
The condition of the victim is unknown. If you have any information that can help investigators call Chattanooga Police. The department's Criminal Intelligence Unit is working closely to identify everyone seen on camera and officials say any charges are pending.