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U.S. Army Captain attacked in Walmart by man who hates the military

By Mason White 8:32 AM April 19, 2013
Soldier being assaulted  

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A U.S. Army Captain was attacked and suffered injuries while shopping at Walmart.

The Captain was dressed in his full U.S. military uniform, when he was attacked at the checkout line of Walmart in New York.

The store surveillance camera captured the incident showing the moment the 47-year-old Yiqiang Wu, attacked the U.S. Army Captain “just for being in the army”, according to police. Wu, is accused of cursing the unidentified Army captain, who was waiting for his turn to pay for his purchases at Walmart in Albany.

The soldier told cops that Wu, from Schenectady, New York shouted offensive remarks about the U.S. and his service to the nation. When he walked away, Wu went after him and hit him in the face several times. The soldier however, never fought back. Albany Police officer Steve Smith praised the 43-year-old captain, and said: “He displayed a great deal of restraint, which is consistent with the armed forces, law enforcement and public service guidelines.”

“The man should have thanked the Captain for his service, as he put his life on the line fighting the enemies so others can be safe. Nobody forced Wu to live in the United States. If he does not like the country, he can leave,” Steven Armstrong, 25, from Orange County, New York told

Albany police released the video after Wu was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime. He has since been released on bail. The captain suffered bruising to his face and a cut above his eye. He was treated at the scene by personnel from the Albany Fire Department.

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