Earlier today, the Bogus Barrister reported on Mathew Owens, a man from Alabama who was brutally beaten by a mob of as many as 20 African Americans. Witnesses claim that the perpetrators said "now that's justice for Travyon."
We have another report of a second hate crime related to the Trayvon Martin case. Alton L. Hayes III age 18 was arrested and charged with a hate crime. He told police that he beat up a white man early Tuesday because he was just so angry about the Trayvon Martin case.
Hayes, 18 of the 1200 block of North Woodbine Avenue in Oak Park, was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime, all felonies, Oak Park police Detective Cmdr. Ladon Reynolds said.
Hayes and a 15-year-old Chicago boy walked up behind the 19-year-old man victim and pinned his arms to his side, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, "Empty your pockets, white boy."
The two allegedly rifled through the victim's pockets, then threw him to the ground and punched him "numerous times" in the head and back before running away, police said. Hayes and the boy are black; the victim is white.
After being arrested, Hayes told police he was upset by the Trayvon Martin case and beat the man up because he was white, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said, citing court records.