A Black senior citizen in Alabama was beaten unconscious by his white neighbor, and the local police have refused to arrest him.
WPMI reports Darryl Brazier was in his garage when a man ran up to him yelling.
"He jumped on me, hit me with the flashlight and the piece he had in his other hand," Brazier said.
The incident left him disoriented, but the Mobile resident quickly identified the assailant as Richard Fraunfelder, his 47-year-old white neighbor.
Fraunfelder reportedly blamed Brazier for the death of his cat throughout the assault, insisting that he had poisoned it.
Brazier's wife, Yuvonne Brazier, says the accusations are absurd.
"He didn’t find [the cat] in our yard, he found it in the yard next door," Mrs. Brazier told the reporter. "But he was just determined that Darryl had done something to his cat."
Fraunfelder continued to assault Brazier with the blunt objects in addition to stomping, kicking and beating him until he was bloody and unconscious.
“He was out for an hour," said Yuvonne who called 911 and the ambulance for her beaten husband.
Brazier reportedly suffered a concussion as well as bruises and abrasions all over his body.
The couple filed an assault charge against Fraunfelder with the Mobile police, but Fraunfelder has yet to be arrested for the violent attack.
Yuvonne says the police department told them Fraunfelder couldn't be arrested at home; instead, the shaken couple would have to wait until her husband's aggressor is picked up during a traffic stop and arrested for a warrant.
Sergeant LaDerrick Dubose of the Alabama Police Department spoke with Blavity News and reported that the lack of an arrest was all due to miscommunication.
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Dubose says that he believes Yuvonne misunderstood the steps needed to make the arrest, stating that it's primarily up to the victims to make sure it's done. According to Alabama law, Dubose says officers are restricted from arresting for a third-degree assault, which is what was filed against Fraunfelder.
"I can arrest on misdemeanors if they occur in my presence as law enforcement," said Dubose, "but if the misdemeanor occurs outside of my presence, I can’t legally make an arrest unless it’s a DUI or shoplifting or domestic violence."
Dubose confirmed that a warrant is out for Fraunfelder's arrest and encouraged the Braziers to make a non-emergency police call to summon arresting officers once they see the alleged assailant home. The sergeant explained the couple received the case number and signed the warrant order, so it's up to them to either follow up on it or wait until officers approach him in-person for a separate reason, such as a traffic stop.
"They’ll take him down, get him processed and he’ll probably bond out [the same day] because it’s a misdemeanor. He will likely not sit until trial," he warned.
NBC 15 reported that Fraunfelder had not been arrested since 2011.
Dubose also confirmed that Fraunfelder has an ongoing arrest record which includes a domestic violence charge. However, he stated that he could not comment on whether Fraunfelder is believed to be a white supremacist, as some reports have mentioned. Dubose said his office does not keep track of such activity, noting that he also didn't take a close look at his arrest record to determine if any were race-related.
“At that time I thought I was about to die,” Brazier said about the horrifying incident.
Brazier says he continues to fear for his safety, as Fraunfelder lives only a couple of feet away.
“My life is in danger," he said. "Each day I worry about going out of the house or coming home. I feel very disturbed and uncomfortable.”
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