Both men are charged with aggravated battery.
KENNESAW, Georgia — Two men in their 20s are accused of beating up a Kennesaw State University student in the parking lot just outside his home.
The student, Jalique Rosemond, who is black, said two young white men she had never seen before rushed at him, beat him and racially abused him last weekend.
“They were beating me, they trampled me,” Rosemond said Wednesday night. “While beating me, they refer to me as a black boy, boy, (expletive), constantly uttering racial slurs as they attack me.”
He was remembering the moments just before midnight on Saturday. Rosemond said she was returning to her apartment complex, West 22 Apartments, after doing her part-time job as a Door Dash driver.
She said her attackers are gone.
“He was bleeding and his nose was broken,” said Rosemond’s roommate Emmanuel Osakwe, who took him to hospital for treatment.
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According to a Kennesaw Police Department report released Thursday, a fight occurred inside the West 22 apartment complex at around 12:11 am early Sunday morning. Police said the victim was attacked as he got out of her car. The suspects then left the compound before police officers arrived, they said.
KPD said “this could ultimately be racially motivated” based on the video they currently have and statements from those they have spoken to.
However, the officers did not file any hate crime charges in the case. The two men accused of assaulting Rosemond are facing felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor battery.
11Alive asked the agency how often KPD had filed hate crime complaints in the past year. A 2022 KPD hate crime report revealed zero cases.