TAMPA - It was a case that pitted the word of a priest against that of a Marine reservist.
The Rev. Alexios Marakis of Greece said he was beaten bloody with a tire iron after asking the reservist for directions near downtown Tampa.
Lance Cpl. Jasen Bruce said he was only defending himself after a bearded man in a robe propositioned him and grabbed his genitals.
Today, the reservist's word prevailed.
Hillsborough County prosecutors will not pursue charges against Bruce.
After reading the whole story, and seeing the photos, it just doesn't add up to me. I think the reservist did attack the man, not because he was grabbed, but because he thought the guy was a terrorist, as he claimed on the 911 call. Now, I believe the priest may have touched him to get his attention & ask directions, but that's it. The reservist probably freaked out and hit him, then claimed he was accosted. That's just my opinion, of course. Link in reply.
Also, I DO believe he was not charged because he is a state snitch.
Answer by NightPhoenix at 1:32 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by DusterMommy at 1:41 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by Crissy1213 at 2:36 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Yes, of course, OP, the warmongering Marine attacked, and beat, a man for asking him directions. That has to be it! Everyone knows Marines are blood-crazed maniacs with no capacity for rational thinking!
Answer by Anonymous at 4:32 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Why would a man grabbing your genitals make you think he was a terrorist?
You don't just BEAT a man with a TIRE IRON if he has NOT assaulted you in anyway....
The priest had no weapon...therefor this is excessive. I beleiev the reservist was biased and felt justified in beating this man reasoning in his mind that he deserved it for being a "terrorist"..This is a dangerous way to think...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:47 PM on Mar. 10, 2010