Youtube video leads to three arrests in allegedly racially driven attack in B.C.

The Globe and Mail reported that three men were arrested Tuesday after an attack Friday night on a black man in Courtenay, B. C. was posted on Youtube.

Jay Phillips was in the parking lot of his apartment complex when three men drove by in a red pick-up truck yelling racial slurs and saying "we're going to lynch you." When he yelled back at the men, they turned the truck around and came after him.

Phillips fought back while the three men punched and kicked him, before eventually pinning him to the ground and attacking him while he lay on the ground in the fetal position. When other cars entered the parking lot, Phillips managed to get back on his feet and continued to fight back while the men retreated to their truck.

The attack was filmed by an unidentified neighbour and RCMP officers in Courtenay confirmed Tuesday that they had arrested three men aged 19, 24, 25 in connection with the attack and charged them with assault. Investigators may also add a hate-crime designation to the crime.

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