Ronald Bettiest was beaten in his backyard.
Published October 29, 2017
EUDORA, KANSAS – A Native American man who says he was jumped by three white males and called a racial slur is still recovering from his injuries. Ronald Battiest Jr, 31, Northern Cheyenne and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, lives in Eudora, Kansas and says he was attacked by three white males while walking home from D-Dubs Bar and Grill early in the morning of Oct 21, 2017.
His injuries include a fractured eye socket, fractured nose and shoulder injury. Battiest told the Eudora Police he left the bar to walk home when a car pulled up and the three males attacked him. Battiest also stated a white woman egged the males on.Battiest stated that one of the attackers called him the “N-word,” he thinks they thought he was black.
Battiest says he initially didn’t tell police about the slur because he was trying to only give his report on the attack.
According to a story in the Lawrence Journal World http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2017/oct/27/man-allegedly-jumped-walking-home-eudora-bar-says-/ police have only spoken to the people involved but no arrests have been made, but it is an ongoing investigation.
Battiest adds his frustration with the case, “I am upset because if this happened to a white guy these guys would have been in jail for attempted murder. Honestly, what if i would have died? Would they take it more seriously then?”
He also added his advice for others, “don’t be afraid. But do be careful. We are past the age where they can just push us out. And I will not be intimidated.”
Eudora has a population just over 6,100 citizens and is about 10 miles east of Lawrence home to Haskell Indian Nations University.
There is a GoFundMe set up for Battiest to help him with costs associated with his injuries. CLICK HERE to donate to the GoFundMe account.
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