MATTHEW OWENS BEATEN BY BLACK MOB: Matthew Owens was savagely beaten outside his Mobile, Ala., home Saturday by an angry mob of teens and adults after he told them to stop playing basketball outside his home. One person allegedly told him ’that’s justice for Trayvon,’ the unarmed black teen who was shot to death by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in a Sanford, Fla., gated community.
The kids reportedly left the scene, only to reappear with adults in tow. Matthew Owens was hit with bricks, chairs, pipes and paint cans on his own front porch by 20 people after complaining about the noise. His sister, Ashley Parker, told WKRG the group attacking her white brother were all black, saying ’it was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.’ Matthew Owens was left bleeding on the ground and is in critical condition.
Even family and friends of Matthew Owens admit there was some tension on this street before Saturday night’s event. And they say a lot of this has to do with basketball. Relatives of the victim, who live on the street, say local kids often block Delmar Drive when they play basketball. They say it’s lead to some confrontations. Racial comments from both sides may have made the confrontations more toxic. Source
This is why cooler heads must prevail in the Trayvon Martin murder case. Too many people are taking the law into their own hands for all the wrong reasons and attacking innocent people. Matthew Owens had a right to tell the kids they were making too much noise outside his home. If you witnessed this savage beating, please call the police at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000, or text a tip to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.
UPDATE#1: Terry Rawls, 44, was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the beating of white man, Matthew Owens, Mobile, Ala.