Skip to comments.Mobile police chief: No more arrests expected in Matthew Owens beating
Posted on 05/09/2012 6:44:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
MOBILE, Alabama -- Barring new information, police do not expect to make any more arrests the widely publicized beating of a man in the city's Pleasant Valley community, Police Chief Micheal Williams said today.
The beating, which left Matthew Owens in the hospital in critical condition, caused a sensation that reverberated across the nation because the victim is white and the large group of men, women and children who confronted him are black.
But Williams disputed key elements of the narrative offered by Owens' sister and other witnesses interviewed by the Press-Register. Contrary to reports that it was a mob-beating, the chief said investigators could only confirm that one person -- Terry Rawls -- actually assaulted the victim. And Williams said Owens wounds and other physical evidence do not support reports that a host of objects, from law furniture to a paint can, were used in the attack.
As far as we can tell at this point, there were 3 people in very close proximity, but only one at this point, we have evidence on only one, Terry Rawls, that he actually hit Mr. Owens, he said.
Owens sister, Ashley Parker, said she has no confidence in the Police Departments handling of the case.
Im very frustrated, and I think this is all political, she said.
Parker, who saw the assault from across the street, said multiple people were involved. And even the people who did not land blows were responsible, as well, she said.
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If 3-4 people, other than Rawls, came onto the private property where Owens was, in a mob, then they are all guilty of criminal trespass at minimum. Since Rawls beat Owens and is charged with first degree assault (assuming it included assault with intent to main, if not it should be added to assault & battery with a weapon), then the others are accessories before the fact.
If they can be identified, then one of them will roll over rather than fact 10-20 years in jail.
In fact, Rawls should be charged with attempted murder (a greater charge than assault), assault with a deadly weapon, inciting a mob to violence, and criminal trespass (or the Alabama equivalent to those charges).
A lot of people know who was in the mob and where they came from. Sounds like either poor police work, or a lack of will to do good police work. Is Williams a Holder Jr.?
Right, if one of them can be identified...
Hence, the problem. Nobody is talking.
You also need more than a simple accusation to make an arrest, because the police do have to consider the possibility that somebody has it in for the suspect and is making a false accusation, even if the person making the accusation is the man’s sister.
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