Injuring anyone in the name of Trayvon Martin not only negates all the progress done to get an arrest for his killer, but also disrespects the family, their friends and their supporters who have been fighting for justice since day one.
That’s what happened to Mobile, Alabama resident Matthew Owens, who was brutally beaten by a mob of about 20 people, all African American, after he chased some kids off a basketball court.
Police are searching for the mob that beat Owens so badly that he’s currently in critical condition.
According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive at about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with weapons.
According to News 5, the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.
Owens’ sister Ashley Parker saw the attack:
“It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed. They used brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”
Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.
Parker said what the mob yelled made things even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”
Trayvon was the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed on February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
Police are continuing their investigation into the beating but did not find any suspects. They’re asking anyone with information to call them at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000, or text a tip to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.