“That’s Justice for Trayvon”: Black Alabama Mob Brutally Beats White Victim Matthew Owens over Basketball
A white Alabama man was set upon and brutally assaulted by a black mob, one of whom allegedly referred to the attack as “justice” for Trayvon Martin.
According to WKRG, 40-year-old Matthew Owens of Mobile was attacked around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night on his property after he told a group of children to stop playing basketball in the middle of his street.
After the children left, a group of as many as 20 black men armed with baseball bats, chairs, pipes and paint cans attacked Owens in his front yard. He was beaten so badly that he had to be rushed to an intensive care unit, where he was listed in critical condition.
Ashley Parker, the victim’s sister, told WKRG that she heard one of the assailants say, “Now, that’s justice for Trayvon.”
If he said that, he was referring to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old black Florida teen who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a mixed-race (white and Hispanic) neighborhood watch captain. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the case; his family and many blacks believe that Trayvon was targeted because of his race.
There is some doubt as to whether Owen’s attackers referenced Trayvon Martin, since Parker is the only one to have reported such remarks.
“We have not been able to find any other witness that can back that statement up,” Ashley Rains, public information officer for the Mobile Police Department, told WKRG.
The attack is not being investigated as a hate crime.
“It’s being investigated as an assault,” Eugene A. Seidel, first assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, told Fox News.
Owens is currently hospitalized in serious condition at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. He regained consciousness early Tuesday, more than two-and-a-half days after his beating.
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