Mark Wahlberg’s victims divided on his pardon

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mark Wahlberg harassment victim says actor should not be pardoned.

Boston – Victims of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s are divided over whether the Oscar-nominated actor should be granted a pardon. 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. Mary Belmonte, the white teacher who brought the students to the neighborhood beach that day, sees things differently. “I believe in forgiveness,” she said. “He was just a young kid — a punk — in the mean streets of Boston. Wahlberg and two other white youths were issued a civil rights injunction: essentially a stern warning that if they committed another hate crime, they would be sent to jail.

Later, he made crude remarks about “slant-eyed gooks.” Wahlberg ultimately was convicted of assault and battery, marijuana possession and criminal contempt for violating the prior civil rights injunction. 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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