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Detroit casino brawl: Family of victim beaten in viral video speaks out

The family of a man who was beaten in the weekend outside a Detroit casino in a brawl that spawned a viral video is to speak as if the police promised Monday to release new photos of the suspects.

“I was hurt to my soul, that you would still keep hitting someone who is unconscious and kicked him in the face,” a woman who is the sister of the 23-year-old Brandon Putnam told Fox 2.

The video, posted on Facebook, shows a group of men pummeling Putnam early Sunday morning outside Detroit Greektown Casino as a crowd screams and cheers.

“This happened in Downtown Detroit last night,” read the text on the video that has been viewed almost 2 million times.

His family told the station that Putnam was at the casino with friends celebrating his birthday when the violence broke out. It was not immediately clear what led to the brawl.

Putnam’s sister, who told the station that they wanted to remain anonymous, said her brother is being treated in hospital for head injuries, including a fractured skull and internal bleeding.

His cousins were also wounded in the attack, but not so serious, the sister added.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday that the government still photos of the attacker and are working on their vehicles, which were recorded on video in the casino’s parking garage.

“We know who you are, so turn yourself in and we will work with you,” Craig said. “This is a totally unacceptable situation.”

Craig said that the photos are expected to be released later Monday, The Detroit News reported.

The police said that they arrived on scene “quickly” after two 911 calls were made, but by that time the battle was already over.

The violent incident is the second video fighting in a week in Detroit that showed people egging of the participants instead of helping to break, The Detroit News reported.

The earlier incident involved a battle between women who ended up in a double cross.

Anyone with information about the most recent video is urged to call the police or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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