Friday, September 19, 2008

Take a look into one beating victim's
life in the shadows

He spends most of his time sitting in a white plastic lawn chair, keeping to himself, in a Fort Lauderdale park.

"I don't bother anybody," Jacques Pierre said.

This is his life, 32 months after getting international attention as the homeless man in a surveillance video pummeled by bat-wielding youths in Fort Lauderdale.

About his attackers, Pierre said: "They're devils. You want to fight with somebody, you fight with them face-to-face, not sneak up and hit somebody in the back of the head with a bat. It was disgusting, man. They don't know me, and I didn't know them. No, it's not fair. It's not right. It makes no sense."

Read Michael Mayo's column in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel here.


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