If I had a 40-something year old son, he’d look like Matthew Owens.
MOBILE, Alabama — Tuesday 12:35 p.m.
Mobile police expect to make arrests in the Matthew Owens beating case today.
Owens is in critical condition at USA Medical Center, three days after police say he was beaten by “multiple people” armed with chairs, pipes and paint cans Saturday night in front of his house on Delmar Drive.
Police are downplaying the Trayvon Martin comment, but the family insists one of the attackers said “Now thats justice for Trayvon” after the attack. Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Samford, Florida.
Monday 6:55 p.m.
Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.
According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
Police tell 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.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”
Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.
NBC’s deceptive edit of George Zimmerman’s phone call…CNN’s sound expert swearing that he heard Zimmerman on that tape utter a racial slur…the New York Times characterizing Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic”…ABC News releasing a lossy version of the surveillance video that purported to show an unwounded Zimmerman…the New Black Panthers offering a bounty on Zimmerman’s head, unchallenged by the state or federal governments… “Justice” for Trayvon has figured into at least two separate racial attacks in recent weeks. There will be more. Racial strife is the currency of community organizers. For the media, it all makes a good story. What’s the old saying? Right — If it bleeds, it leads.
Update: Make that three known incidents of racial violence connected to revenge for Trayvon Martin. One of the participants in the Baltimore beating, which the city’s chief of police says was not a hate crime, tweets that it was.
This is what happens when a very careless and dangerous media behaves without impunity.
- #JusticeforTrayvon: Random acts of brutal violence, media complicit (twitchy.com)
- Where’s The Justice For George Zimmerman And Ashley’s Brother? (contemporarynotes.wordpress.com)
- “Justice For Trayvon”: A Man Clings To Life in Alabama After Savage Beating By Black Mob Armed With Chairs, Pipes and Paint Cans (nicedeb.wordpress.com)