Wichita police have not yet been able to identify the man two Wichita State University students say attacked them verbally and physically, chanting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” in what is being investigated as a potential hate crime last weekend.
Investigators are reviewing multiple videos of the incident outside the Kwik Shop at 4820 E. 21st, at the corner of 21st and Oliver, shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Jeff Gilmore said.
“We do see what takes place and we’re reviewing that,” Gilmore said. “We are able to view the altercation.”
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WSU Student Government Association vice president Khondonker Usama told police he and a 19-year-old friend stopped at the convenience store to get drinks and fuel after a party early Saturday morning. While at the pumps, they heard a man with a motorcycle shout racial epithets at someone who asked him for gas money.
Police say Usama’s passenger then intervened, prompting the suspect to turn on them. The suspect called his friend “brown trash” and insisted he leave the country, Usama said, and the argument escalated into a physical clash.
Usama, 23, said he attempted to intervened but then was attacked. The suspect eventually got back on his motorcycle and rode around them in the gas pumps area, chanting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” and adding “You guys are losers!” and “We’ll make America great again!” before eventually riding away, Usama said in a press conference held Monday next to the convenience store.
Police are reviewing the incident “frame by frame,” Gilmore said, “from all different angles” to get an accurate record of what took place. Investigators on Tuesday morning were talking to people who were in the parking lot at the time of the clash.
They’re still looking for others who were there at the time, Gilmore said. Police may release video of the incident at some point, he added, but not before authorities have a clear idea of what happened.