CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A group known as the Traditionalist Youth Network wants stronger charges brought against those involved in the Fountain Square attack.
"Why is there a double standard when it comes to white lives in Cincinnati," said Chairman of the Cincinnati chapter Matthew Heimbach.
"In the incident report the police officer said it was anti-white violence." Heimbach is referring to the attack on a white man from Indiana named Chris McKnight.
McKnight was beaten by a group of what appears to be black men on Fountain Square. The police officer working the case originally classified it as a robbery and felt it was a hate crime. Later, the officer changed his mind and reclassified the incident report.
"You had 40 assailants and one white victim…if it were a reversed case where 40 white men beat a black man, that would be called a hate crime," Heimbach continued.
Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced that a grand jury had indicted seven people on a seven count indictment for the attack on McKnight and police.
As far as classifying the attack as a hate crime, Deters would not go that far. "We have no evidence of ethnic intimidation besides the victim being a different color than the people who did it," said Deters.
If convicted, the men involved could spend the next decade in prison.