Mark Wahlberg’s Victim Says No Pardon for His Past Racial Crime

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mark Wahlberg harassment victim says actor should not be pardoned.

BOSTON — A victim of one of actor Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in racially divided Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn’t be granted a pardon for his crimes. As Mark Wahlberg seeks an official pardon for a 1988 attack on two Vietnamese men, victims of an earlier racially motivated attack by a teenaged Wahlberg in 1986 – which got him a civil rights injunction, which the assistant district attorney who issued it said in a recent Boston Globe op-ed amounted to a “stern warning” – have spoken out about whether the actor deserves exoneration. “I don’t think he should get a pardon,” Kristyn Atwood tells the Associated Press. Kristyn Atwood was among a group of mostly black fourth-grade students on a field trip to the beach in 1986 when Wahlberg and his white friends began hurling rocks and shouting racial epithets as they chased them down the street. “I don’t really care who he is.

And for him to want to erase it, I just think it’s wrong.” “I believe in forgiveness,” says Belmonte, who is white. “He was just a young kid – a punk – in the mean streets of Boston. Judith Beals, a former state prosecutor involved in the cases, said Wahlberg’s crimes stand out because he violated the injunction with an even more violent attack on people of yet another race. Wahlberg called Lam a “Vietnam f—— s—” and beat him over the head with a five-foot wooden stick until Lam lost consciousness and the rod broke in two.

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