Lucas Eastwood and Travis Campbell charged with racial beating of Willie Navy in Brainerd

Categories: Crime, Racism

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Lucas Eastwood, left, and Travis Campbell allegedly attacked Willie Navy just because he was black.
Willie Navy just wanted to have a drink at Yesterday's Gone, a tavern in downtown Brainerd. But he had the bad luck to be out drinking in the same place and at the same time as Lucas Eastwood and Travis Campbell.

Brainerd police say the two men, who are white, beat Navy to within an inch of his life just because he's black. But they had the bad sense to hatch their plan to attack Navy while they were in the bar, where they were overheard by an employee.

He was the last guy at the bar that night. He remembers walking outside and hearing someone shout a racial epithet at him before asking what he thought he was doing drinking at the bar

"I asked him, 'What did you say?' and they hit me from behind, in the back of my head. That was it. I guess they had free shots at me."

The cops found Navy on a nearby sidewalk, incoherent and in a lot of pain, being cared for by two women. His faced had been smashed to bits so badly that it will take multiple surgeries to piece it back together, and he may lose his eyesight.

The women got a good look at Eastwood and Campbell while they intervened in their assault, and before the men ran away. And while police were trying to help Navy, the bar employee arrived and told cops what he'd heard - and that he'd asked the two men to leave Navy alone.

The cops caught up with Eastwood, 27, and Campbell, 29, later that night at a third man's home.

Navy told the Brainerd Dispatch he moved to town a few years ago from Minneapolis, and doesn't know either man. He wants them prosecuted.

"There's some bad white people and there's some bad black people. I can't look at every white person and say, 'They're the ones that did it to me.' I don't live like that, man. I want the ones who did this to me to be prosecuted, no one else. ... This is not a race thing. It's about justice."

Both men are being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on $100,000 bond and are due in court tomorrow. They are each charged with felony assault, and misdemeanor assault motivated by bias.


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ChrisDavis2011
ChrisDavis2011

I regret these two dimwit thugs took the reptilian hatred out on Mr. Navy. That type of behavior is inappropriate both morally and ethically, and hopefully will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I wish Mr. Navy a full recovery. However, where are the words of sympathy from the black community when a white person is attacked merely because of his skin color? Have any of you read "The Myths that Divide Us"? Have any of you ever reviewed the report from http://www.colorofcrime.com ? When racial hatred causes the weakest amongst us to attack another, it is wrong. Even if the perpetrator is black and the victim is white.

amanda61
amanda61

there was no excuse for those two men to condemn that man, don't use being drunk as an excuse to hope only to get a slap on the wrist from the judge, they deserve to be purnished for what they did. hope all goes well with you Mr.Navy

Lins Luv
Lins Luv

I'm so sorry Mr. Navy :( may God bless you, and may no hate enter your heart because if these ignorant rejects....much luv

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

@ Notahater,Did you take part in this sort of activity in your past causing you to feel guilt?Are you related to either of these turds?If not, as a black man I would like to know; why are you ashamed?Could you imagine if I (as black man) felt ashamed for every crime a black committed against a white?

As far as these two go, welcome to the world of "one way" racially based charges! See I can call you "cracker" while stomping on your head, ALL DAY LONG, and it's still only assault. No extra charges. Got to love "racist based laws" when your on the right side of the fence! You should see the loans and grants I can get that you can't. Chumps!AnyhowYou drunken fools just decided to through away the next 3-5 years of your life. Hope you had no major plans. Should have beat up each other. Would have hurt less!

notahater
notahater

Sorry and ashamed this happened to you Mr. Navy. Hopefully justice will be served & your health returned.

Lacrosse160
Lacrosse160

Do all of you really believe this was a racially motivated crime just because of what this paper says no one hear knows anyone involved in the incident or what kind of person they are i cant think of one fight i have ever seen where offensive language wasn't used it doesn't make it a racially motivated crime

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