Skip to comments.Beating of Alabama man not seen as hate crime, despite claim 'Trayvon' invoked
Posted on 04/24/2012 1:07:41 PM PDT by massmike
A racially charged beating of a white Alabama man by a throng of African-Americans is not being investigated as a hate crime, despite one witness' claim that she heard an assailant exclaim: "Now that's justice for Trayvon."
Matthew Owens, of Mobile, Ala., was assaulted with baseball bats, paint cans and other weapons at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after telling a group of children to stop playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive, according to Ashley Rains, public information officer for the Mobile Police Department.
After the children left the area, a group of adults armed with weapons returned and confronted Owens, 40, in his front yard, where he was assaulted. Owens' sister, Ashley Parker, told WKRG she witnessed the attack and that there were as many as 20 assailants. Parker said she overheard one of them say, "Now that's justice for Trayvon."
Asked if the incident was being investigated as a hate crime, Rains replied: "No, it's not. It's being investigated as an assault."
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Rule Number One: Anything that happens to a white person can never be considered a hate crime.
Of course not.... It was self inflicted.....
As the story develops..
The sad thing about this is it WILL bring about “revenge” from some real live racists. I know we’re all getting enough of this crap but we have to keep our heads about it. We just need to be prepared in case it happens to us. Prepared like Zimmerman was.
I do wonder how many neighbors watched and did nothing.
Whether we should have hate crimes at all, or just very heavy gang enhancers to the basic charge of aggravated assault is another topic. But, a 20 on 1 beatdown isn't just a neighborhood disagreement out of hand.
That's because we hate them so much.
I heard that they were shouting
“Random beatdown! Random beatdown!”
Hate crimes work in one direction only.
And please explain exactly why this is suprising to anyone, either black or white?
Racist mob puts Alabama man in hospital
Matthew Owens remains in critical condition following a beat-down by a mob of 20 adults and children in Mobile. Racist slurs were used, and reference made to the Trayvon Martin case.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 By Martin Barillas
A racially-motivated mob beat a Mobile, Alabama, man so severely on the evening of April 21 that he is now in critical condition at an area hospital. Mobile police report that Matthew Owens spoke to some neighborhood children playing basketball in the middle of the street at 8:30 PM on Delmar Drive in Mobile. After the children left, a mob consisting mostly of adults returned, armed with chairs, pipes and paint cans.
According to local media, Owens sister Ashley Parker saw the mob attack her brother. It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed, said Parker. The victims sister described the mob as consisting of approximately 20 African-American adults who attacked Owens on the front porch of his house. Some of the assailants used brass knuckles in the beat-down, and anything else they could get their hands on, said Parker. Police say “multiple people” are involved. Owens is suffering from severe trauma to his head.
Another witness to the vicious beating, who wishes to remain anonymous, described the onset of the assault on Owens. I just kept hearing him screaming, ‘Man, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, man don’t do this,’ “ he recalled. According to the anonymous witness, when he heard his friend Owens at the door, he thought it was a joke. “Then I saw about 10 to 15 people from little kids and women with dresses to adult men, just flooding onto the property, surrounding the car, hollering and screaming,” he said. “And then I heard Matthew saying, ‘ I’m sorry, man, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ And then, the next thing, before I could get to the door, because we have it all deadbolted and everything, and before I could get it open, I heard all the beating and banging.”
Tensions were already high in the Delmar Drive neighborhood because of disputes over children and youths using portable goals for playing basketball in the street. This is a practice that has been banned elsewhere in the U.S. The beating has left neighbors fearful of retribution. Owens friend who witnessed the beating said, “Oh, my God. ..He was laying on the ground full of blood. I mean, it was horrible. His head, everything. Blood was pouring from his head, both sides. And his whole body was drenched in blood.”
Reflecting the current climate of inter-ethnic tension in the United States, Parker alleged that one member of the mob said before walking away “Now thats justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police allege was shot and killed February 26 by George Zimmerman, who has been variously described in the media as white or Hispanic, in Samford, Florida. The Florida killing sparked multitudinous marches and flaming rhetoric from African-American political leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. President Barack Obama entered the fray when, expressing sorrow for the teens death, said of Trayvon Martin He could have been my son.
No suspects have been apprehended following the Mobile incident.
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"I do wonder how many neighbors watched and did nothing"
Neighbors who did nothing are not 1/10 the problem as are people like you who call rational people racist.
I really can see burnings and drive by shootings and....the authorities had better do something about this.
Well, whites in that neighborhood have learned not to complain about black activities.
I’m surprised it’s not being considered an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Why, to even insunate a group of Black folk attacking and beating a White man is just ‘crazy talk’.
I didn’t call anyone a racist. And I certainly didn’t call any rational people racist. I’m talking about people like the guy in Oklahoma.
If you think someone who loses it and goes out and shoots a black man just for being black is rational, you’re the problem.
If it wasn’t a hate crime, what was the motivation of 20 black people in beating him up?
And they wonder why Trayvon Martin got shot.
It was a lynching. You get people ganging up on you like that and trying to kill you then it is a lynching. When do a gang of white people do this kind of wolf pack beat down? I can’t think of any in recent years but the black on white version is frequent though under reported by the main stream media
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