Army Officer Attacked at Wal-Mart

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Skip to the 50 second mark to see the assault... A crazed man attacked a U.S. Army officer at a Wal-Mart store in Albany, New York, after verbally harassing the solider for his military service, video surveillance footage shows. Albany police released the footage after charging 47-year-old Yiqiang Wu of Schenectady with assault as a hate crime for Thursday's fight at a checkout line. The Army captain told police that a man behind him in line began to yell derogatory comments at him about the United States and his service to the nation. 'It started with the middle finger and the officer asked if it was for him or something of that nature and it escalated from there,' Officer Steve Smith, of the Albany Police Department, told Police said Wu then struck the captain several times in the face.

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  1. 29034538
    29034538 Apr 16, 2013

    That guy is lucky that the Captian had stuff in his hands because he would have been dead.

  2. 27850750
    27850750 Apr 16, 2013

    Deport him.

  3. ColdWarVet75
    ColdWarVet75 Apr 16, 2013

    The next thing that should have been in the video is the EMT's coming to cart off that puke.

  4. DiddledURMom
    DiddledURMom Apr 16, 2013

    Not gonna lie... that captain took it like a bitch. He was shown up by a Filipino a full 60lbs lighter and 6 inches shorter. Real warrior, that captain.

  5. toolshed2
    toolshed2 Apr 17, 2013

    the captain probably paid with a check, thats enough to set anyone off

  6. 30624362
    30624362 Apr 17, 2013

    Wow. You don't see this eeryday.... A Captain being made mockery for his service. Who knows how many lives he saved in his duty. Next thing you know he goes to get groceries, and some "Terrorist wannabe" attacks him. He took it like a man, but if I was in his place I'd fight back. Anyone agree?

  7. 22295515
    22295515 Apr 17, 2013

    I hope that idiot got slamed!

  8. 22295515
    22295515 Apr 17, 2013

    Deport him!

  9. 30626634
    30626634 Apr 18, 2013

    I am immigrant myself and I won't lie I don't always agree with everything America does. But I will disagree respectfully. As my American friends often say "it is a Free Country" and you have the right to leave if you don't like it here. I know if I was living in a country as horrible as that idiot seems to think America is, I would leave.

  10. 30628011
    30628011 Apr 18, 2013

    Goes to show just because you are in the army,and wear an army suit does not mean or make you tough.This video proves it.

  11. 26233167
    26233167 Apr 22, 2013

    The army officer should have knocked this guys head off. I am sick of these people coming over here and doing this and we are not supposed to do anything about it. I am a vet. and if that happens to me I can say someone one is going to get hurt and it will not be me

  12. TONKSY
    TONKSY Apr 23, 2013

    Deport him!!

  13. 13359671
    13359671 Apr 24, 2013

    Nothing good ever happens at Wal-Mart!!! Stay out of that dump. Allow the people of Wal-Mart to have it. My only question is what was an Army Officer doing in a Wal-Mart anyway?!!

  14. Black_Raven135
    Black_Raven135 Apr 24, 2013

    I have same news for this brain dead as I had for Tamerlan and his brother, if you don't like the US then hit the road. NOBODY gives a flying fig if you stay or not What got me was the younger of the two became a citizen last year and his older brother in the process. If you hate a nation, why would you become a citizen?

  15. 9669637
    9669637 Apr 24, 2013

    this is the kind of people your cic wants in this country,for their votes. Its time for a change before its too late

  16. zelda43
    zelda43 Apr 24, 2013

    Brings back memories of Nam and some nasty remarks many of us suffered. Makes you wonder if it was worth the effort. It's never the soldier but the politicians who deserve the public's ire. Soldiers fight wars they don't start them.

  17. 27365881
    27365881 Apr 24, 2013

    That O3 should have kept walking.Besides it looks like the 03 was on the losing end of this scuffle. Why is he in Wal-Mart in uniform? I am sure what he got there he could have gotten at the PX/BX. Utilities in public needs to change.

  18. DaveKeo1
    DaveKeo1 Apr 24, 2013

    I wish I was in line behind that punk. The first insult and the jerk would be looking at florescent light bulbs crying for his mommy.

  19. Barry.Burns
    Barry.Burns Apr 24, 2013

    This goes to show that service members should be vigilant at all times. There is no such thing as off duty while wearing the uniform. The Soldier did the only thing he could do by defending himself.

  20. 29115746
    29115746 Apr 25, 2013

    What branch of the Army was the officer in. I did not see all the video;however, the defense of the officer looks girlish to me. Did the officer fight back or not?

  21. Speedy007
    Speedy007 Apr 25, 2013

    A 47 year old Chinese guy hits an army officer in the face. It didn't really show too much of the action just a couple of hits while the Army guy had a bag in his left hand, then nothing. Didn't show the ending. So this video doesn't really show anything except two grown men acting like fools.

  22. 28709039
    28709039 Apr 25, 2013

    IF THE CAPTAIN had fought back like he probably wanted too, the MEDIA would have made him out to be the attacker and the attacker would be the victim.The attacker should go back to his own country if he hates American Military so much. Maybe we should let his country continue to be bullied and torn apart by jihad Muslims that are there.But again Capt you did right and I think of you as a better Warrior for not beating the crap out of the little loud mouthed idiot. Being a warrior is not all about kicking butt all the time. It shows that this warrior has class, education, training and common sense.

  23. tomshoupe
    tomshoupe Apr 25, 2013

    The guy is lucky the Captain did not use his trained skills to take him out.

  24. 30650162
    30650162 Apr 25, 2013

    We are way too easy on those who want to come to our country to live. Since he does not believe in our culture he needs to be deported immediately..

  25. JohnHenryQMC
    JohnHenryQMC Apr 25, 2013

    Deport the creep.

  26. 26445252
    26445252 Apr 25, 2013

    Whoever liked this film/supports anti-american and anti-armed forces sentiment, should get deported. The officer behaved just as he should have.

  27. 30037883
    30037883 Apr 25, 2013

    There are techniques taught in MACP to subdue your enemy with a low risk of injury and violence. Why not take the assailants to the ground and apply one of these techniques to defend yourself and deescalate the situation. You'd be surprised how quick someone calms down when you apply the right pressure and can calmly whisper in their ear' "are you done yet?"

  28. 22306435
    22306435 Apr 25, 2013

    Well, I am trully amazed! Someone other than a white person charged with a hate crime!!! If this guy is on any kind of immigration status - then it's high time we repatriate him.

  29. bwilli230
    bwilli230 Apr 25, 2013

    I believe the officer had a right to defend himself and floor the idiot, if he could. I would got control of the fool, held him down, short of killing him, by his throat until local authorities arrived. I would only kill him if i had to. Depends on the circumstance he would put me in. Of course, if the person doesn't like or country or it's military personnel then go back where the hell you came from. We don't need your kind or the thugs from your country. There is enough trouble on our home turf without immigrants bringing bringing more. If they bring it from their country to our country and get caught, they should truly be treated harshly.

  30. TransLog7
    TransLog7 Apr 25, 2013

    Cap the weasel, right between the eyes......then toss his carcass on the burn pile. End of problem.

  31. mobow213
    mobow213 Apr 25, 2013

    One more reason why the army, navy and air force should never wear cammies off base. Hell I hate see all the soldier boys flying in cammies while on vacation just for the early boarding and free upgrade to 1st class. I know one army national guard member that wears his cammies everytime he flies for just such reasons

  32. 18674308
    18674308 Apr 25, 2013

    As a fellow member of the Army (& natural born citizen), it does turn my stomach when I see civilians act in such a disrespectful manner (especially if they are natural born citizens). I firmly believe that the freedoms & liberties afforded to everyone who resides in the US should be protected at all times, but there is also a standard of moral conduct that should be adhered to in conjunction with those freedoms. As Service members, we have a higher set of standards & ethics that we must stick to at all times regardless of the adversity we are faced with. Unfortunately, this CPT did not do so. His conduct should be noted for what it was "Unbecoming an Officer & Gentleman". If you pay close attention to the video at the 52-53 sec mark, you can plainly see the CPT turn towards the civilian, raise his arm gesturing wildly. It was at that point the civilian stepped around his cart to confront the CPT who actuall made a step towards the civilian to close the ground (thus turning the card & making him the aggressor) & made the first physical contact with the civilian. Had the CPT done the right thing & walked away, this could all have all been avoided.

  33. 30651233
    30651233 Apr 25, 2013

    I have a lot of respect for the Officer, he never lost his military bearing. The attacker needs to be sent back to his country. If you don't like the US then it's extremly simple. GO HOME!!!

  34. Angry_Moth
    Angry_Moth Apr 26, 2013

    I can understand having a grudge against the military, particularly in these trying economic times. I don't know what was said, but assault is assault. But a "hate crime?" Really? Attacking a Soldier ranks up there with beating Muslims and African Americans to death or near-death for their race or religion? We can't get assault and murder of gay and transgendered people in this country classified as a hate crime, but attacking a soldier qualifies as anti-military hate? Look, I'm all about patriotism and support of our servicemembers, but something is seriously wrong with this picture. It feels like "that word you keep using, I don't think it means what you think it means."

  35. swa1337
    swa1337 Apr 26, 2013

    When that maggot attacked the Army Officer and discredited his service, he insulted ALL of us who wear or wore the uniform of a member of our nation's military. My guess is there's about 15 million of us who are really ticked off about this. USMC retired

  36. Doramel
    Doramel Apr 26, 2013

    Times must be hard if an officer of the mighty USA military is reduced to shopping at the poor people's Wal-Mart.

  37. 19211728
    19211728 Apr 26, 2013

    As a 30 year(22yrs act, 8yr res) U.S. Navy veteran. I've seen more than my share of complete hate and discontent towards the U.S. military. As a officer in uniform, he did exactly what he was supposed to do, keep his composure and walk away and disarm the situation. Now, as a CCW instructor, if I was retreating away from the incident and he keep pressing the attack, then that would be something else. Weather or not he's armed or not, he's still dangerious and would need to still be stop by lethal force, which if you watch, he keeps the attack going clearly after the officer walked away. At that time, you do not know what the attacker might do, pick up something to continue the attack. Instead of calling the EMT's, they would be calling the Corner to take him to the morgue.

  38. 28172256
    28172256 Apr 26, 2013

    The attacker needs to do some things here. 1. Apologize to the soldier and beg for forgivness. 2. Repeat #1,this time to the USA. 3. Do time. 4. Attend and complete anger management...wait,forget that, he just needs to be punished not coddled. Hey Captain, thank you for your service. Tsg (ret) USAF Gary p. Marquis.

  39. Merritt48
    Merritt48 Apr 26, 2013

    We all joined the service to protect the right of that pukes freedom of speech! Dammit I'll be damned if I will support some immigrant pukes right to attack one of our fine officers in uniform! He ought to be deported back to the hole from whence he came!

  40. 28422754
    28422754 Apr 27, 2013

    I am an Asian-American and a CPT and do not appreciate some of the anti-Asian comments. It is our job to defend the U.S. Constitution, including the right of pukes like this civilian to disagree with us (orally, not with physically). If it comes to fisticuffs, unless a weapon or serious physical harm is involved, the CPT here must act as an officer and a gentleman, and he surely did. If the man who accosted him is not a citizen, I hope this assault will result in his deportation. If he is a citizen, he should go to jail.

  41. 29242124
    29242124 Apr 28, 2013

    I agree that fighting back in public while in service uniform would look bad, but at least put the moron into restrained position on the ground until police arrive. Hell, I would have done it myself if I had been there and witnessed this.

  42. DocAceZ
    DocAceZ Apr 28, 2013

    LOL, what is an "army suit" member 306280111? You are a civilian I guess, however you're correct nevertheless. Yes an Army UNIFORM or any uniform for that fact does not make one tough. The police can attest to that I am sure. Anyway, I'd would have dropped that guy like a bad habit right where he stood. Word one from his mouth would have gotten him what he was looking for right quick. Not really sure what went down there but that CPT is obviously not a fighter.

  43. 11193388
    11193388 Apr 28, 2013

    It may be time to start revoking visas, and even citizenship for some.

  44. 26228519
    26228519 Apr 29, 2013

    I thing some things need to be clarified for the people leaving comments can't deport him if he happens to be an American citizen. It's appalling how people jump to deportation. What about American citizens, white, black, Asian, whatever who do the same thing? 2. No it should not be classified as a hate crime because sadly the military is a great institution to an extent (in my opinion) but it is like any other job. It is voluntary. Do you think big business owners that people protest against have hate crimes filed when they are assaulted? The army is a business just like any other. 3. The captain acted just like ALL soldiers in uniform and out (although that is debatable). Should act. As they say, you represent the uniform at all times. There are plenty of soldiers in the military who might get in a bar fight they didn't start and are reprimanded for acting unprofessionally. I will say that the old guy does deserve a beat down 4. Just a personal joke but......officers don't know how to fight like enlisted do.

  45. 7099708
    7099708 Apr 29, 2013

    I agree that whether you are an American or not if you don't like it here then buy a ticket and leave, try it in another country that you think might be better.

  46. 24824949
    24824949 Apr 29, 2013

    Send Yiq to North Korea, Better yet put him in the Army,

  47. 24824949
    24824949 Apr 29, 2013

    Soldiers are taught to kill, not to engage in fist fights. Yiq should be happy he is still alive.

  48. ecarfar
    ecarfar Apr 30, 2013

    Glad to see they used the moron's real name. Let's hope he get harassed enough to move the hell out of the country.

  49. HellfireRevenge
    HellfireRevenge May 01, 2013

    I love how so many people from other countries hate the US, but they really want to live here. We are much too tolerant these days.

  50. iprazhm
    iprazhm Jun 25, 2013

    I'm with you DaveKio01. That was my exact thought when I viewed the punk in line, wish I was behind him. It would have been a free for all. You rage on one of my protectors of freedom, you're raging on me. You hit one and it's on.

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