70-year-old beaten while trying to slow neighborhood cars

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Bradenton, Florida - A 70-year-old man pushing his wife in a wheelchair with his granddaughter by his side says he was beaten for trying to slow a car down in his neighborhood.

It happened around 6:00 p.m. Friday night along 60th Ave. Drive West in Bradenton.

All James Gorman wanted was for a car speeding down the road to slow down. That car ended up stopping, and what happened next would end up putting James Gorman in the hospital.

"That's a thumb in the eyeball," says James Gorman, who lives in West Bradenton.

Gorman's black eye is just the start. He has a torn rotator cuff, broken glasses, and pounding headaches.

They're all injuries he says he got while trying to protect the kids in his neighborhood.

"I stepped up to slow him down," says Gorman.

He didn't want kids to get hit, but he was the one that got beaten.

"He grabbed my hands and proceeded to beat the daylight out me. He knocked me out," says Gorman.

Gorman says the men responsible are two black males in their 20s.

"They are about scummiest things I've ever seen," says Gorman. "It takes two young men to beat up a 70-year-old man," he says.

A 70-year-old man who says although his glasses may be broken and his head may be bruised, his courage hasn't been punctured.

Now, even late at night, kids are playing out on the street and that's all James Gorman wanted -- for them to be safe.

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