Arkansas Fire Chief Suspended from Service for Assault on Asian
The Bentonville Fire Captain was arrested after a fight with an Asian. During interrogation, the suspect, 44-year-old Benjamin Snodgrass, admitted that the fight was racially motivated.
The incident took place outside the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs on the night of March 13. The second participant in the fight, further identified as the victim, was identified as Liem Nguyen.
The video shows the moment of the arrest of Snodgrass.
As evidence, the officers who arrived at the call took the marks of the beatings on Nguyen's body. The suspect was also nearby, but was drunk as hell.
“I never thought it would happen to me personally because I speak English perfectly and I spoke English to him perfectly,” Nguyen said. “It’s 2021. It doesn’t matter– people are people, that’s it there’s no difference.”
Officers responding to the scene noted Snodgrass had blood on his left ear, lips and redness on both of his knuckles. Snodgrass was arrested and booked in the Garland County jail. He was charged with misdemeanor, third-degree battery and public intoxication but was released the following day after posting a $1,500 bail and pleaded not guilty, reports Yahoo News.
To date, Benjamin Snodgrass has been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation. Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Lawrence has yet to file a hate crime charge.