I saw the video on tv here in South Carolina right before they turned themselves in. It clearly showed their features as they walked down the sidewalk before the attack, so it’s no surprise that they decided to turn themselves in. They would have been easy to catch.
The report at the time said that the attack itself was captured on video too (of the parking lot where it occurred), but that part wasn’t going to be released to the public. I assume it wasn’t released because it was considered too inflammatory (a gang of blacks attacking a single white). Yet I don’t recall there having been any similar restraint in showing the beating of the black man Rodney King by white policemen — the part that made them look the worst, that is (and omitting the part in which he got up and lunged at the police. I didn’t see that part until the night of the riots themselves, when it must have occurred to somebody that maybe they’d better stop omitting it, and try to calm things down.)
Though there are some drawbacks to having cameras in so many public places, I do like them when they help capture thugs like these.
The problem is, the media narrative is not going to be “Carter Strange should have been Constitutionally carrying, and he might’ve had a chance,” or “those thugs with a prior record should not have been breathing the free man’s air.” The media narrative will be “CCTV works, see?” And soon downtowns and bar districts all over the country will start looking like the UK, where *everything* is covered by CCTV cameras. Hundreds of thousands of them, constantly watched by the police, all over shopping districts and city centers and pub areas. Everywhere.