- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Chicago voter whose brutal beating captured national attention last week has told reporters why he chose not to fight back against his attackers.

David Wilcox was kicked, punched and taunted on Nov. 8 after voting in the U.S. presidential election between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Video uploaded to social media showed bystanders yelling, “You voted Trump! You voted Trump! Damn!” as he was repeatedly attacked in the street. Mr. Wilcox refused to fight back and was eventually treated at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mr. Wilcox spoke to a local ABC affiliate on Monday to explain what he meant in a brief press conference last Wednesday when he said, “I’m not a violent person. I haven’t been in a long time.”

“I’d rather get stabbed and die than go back to prison,” Mr. Wilcox told the station, a reference to an August 1986 fight that resulted in a man’s death. He still maintains that a group of men attacked his pregnant girlfriend — one of them with a baseball bat.

“I stabbed the guy and he died …They were aggressors. They started the fight,” he told the station.

Mr. Wilcox served seven-and-a-half years of a 20-year prison sentence, which was reduced after an appeal lowered the charge against him to manslaughter. He said last week’s attack was so similar to his decades-old confrontation that he did not want to respond. 

“She was the first one who threw a punch,” Mr. Wilcox said. “I’m gonna be at every court date and I’m gonna make sure I can do everything I can to where they get locked up.”

Illinois Department of Corrections officials said Mr. Wilcox had been to state prison nine times in 30 years, mostly for retail theft.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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