Video shows 'shocking' attack in downtown Cincinnati

Updated: Jul. 5, 2017 at 11:15 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cell phone video from the Fourth of July captured a mob of people assaulting a young man near The Banks in downtown Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Police Lt. Steve Saunders called the video "shocking and a horrible scene."

The video shows a group kicking and hitting the victim as he appears helpless on the concrete.  The young man stumbles and falls twice as he tries to flee the attackers. Bystanders can be heard laughing in the background.

"How do our children get to this state," said Pastor Peterson Mingo with the Cincinnati Human Relations Committee. "Somebody should be trying to help the kid."

Police said they are aware of the video but, as of now, no victim had come forward to report an assault. The video sparked outrage and spread on social media Wednesday.

A man who identified as the victim's cousin did not return a call for comment on the video.

"He needs to come forward, he needs to name names," Mingo said of the victim.

Police said security camera in the area will provide a better idea of what happened.

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