GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Video uploaded to a website called worldstarhiphop.com shows three West Michigan men getting beaten outside of McFadden's bar in downtown Grand Rapids.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 16.
According to Jared Rickert, one of the men who was beaten, he and his friends were at McFadden's on Ionia Avenue SW near Oakes Street when he was bumped by someone. That person then began to curse at him and continued to bump into him.
Rickert told 24 Hour News 8 a bouncer came over to escort him and his two other friends out of the bar.
Moments later, according to Rickert, the people who were giving him and his friends trouble in the bar also came outside.
Rickert said he and his friends went up to them to try and smooth things over because they were worried the men would follow them to their car and attack them. He said he even shook hands with one of the men.
The video picks up after the handshake and shows Rickert getting punched in the face and falling to the ground.
Rickert's two friends are also then repeatedly punched, stomped on and kicked by several men.
The person taking the video can be heard yelling at one of his friends to get out of the way of his shot. He can also be heard at the end of the video yelling the name of the website where the video was later uploaded.
"I think there was a close murder here. Those boys came close to dying," said David Rickert, Jared's father.
He said he can't watch the video anymore.
"My stomach is still in a knot from seeing it. Hearing my son's head hit the pavement. It's as loud as a baseball bat hitting a home run in the park," he said.
Rickert said he came to 24 Hour News 8 because he hopes the men who did this are caught and face the consequences. He said he hopes someone recognizes the men in the video and turns them in.
"People shouldn't treat people like that. It's animalistic. That's my belief," David Rickert said.
Jared Rickert suffered multiple fractures to his face. His friends were also injured in the incident.
The Grand Rapids Police Department says it is investigating.
The video on worldstarhiphop.com. Warning: Contains foul language.
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