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Argument over racism in America escalates into man being attacked with box cutter in Cleveland

September 27, 2018

Argument over racism in America escalates into man being attacked with box cutter in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – An argument over the state of racism in America escalated into a man being attacked with a box cutter Tuesday in Cleveland’s Collinwood-Nottingham neighborhood.

An unidentified man cut a 22-year-old man’s neck and arm with a box cutter during the incident that happened about noon on St. Clair Avenue near Hayden Avenue, according to a police report.

No arrests have been made in the case.

The unidentified man, who is black, said racism was worse “back in the day” than it is today. He also told the 22-year-old man, who is white, that he can do “whatever he wants,” the police report says.

The 22-year-old man responded by saying he “can’t walk through the hood without being jumped,” and that “racism goes both ways,” the police report says.

The pair pushed and shoved each other until the unidentified man pulled out a box cutter and lunged at the 22-year-old man, witnesses said.

He cut the back of the 22-year-old man’s neck and his arm during a struggle. He also grabbed the 22-year-old man’s hair and tried to cut his throat, the police report says.

The unidentified man eventually left and got on a bus headed toward East 152nd Street, witnesses said.

Cleveland police officers searched the area but could not find the man.

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