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Group of Black Youths Yelled ‘This is for Trayvon’ While Beating Up Hispanic Man?
Police in Baltimore are looking into an incident that took place on Sunday, when a group of black youths allegedly beat a Hispanic man while saying, "This is for Trayvon."
A witness to the beating, Christina Dudley, posted an account of what she observed on a community Facebook page. A police report about the incident does not mention anything about the Martin comments, but police are investigating whether the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman was a factor.
According to Dudley’s post, she was walking to her car on Sunday evening when she saw several young black males and two black females chasing a 37-year-old Hispanic man.
"One of the boys had a handgun out and it was pointed at the back of him," Dudley said. The youths eventually caught up with the man and the male with the gun began using it to beat the victim while the others kicked him.
"They were just yelling and calling him names as they ran after him, but once they were hitting him and after that they started yelling, ‘This is for Trayvon, [expletive],’” Dudley said.
Dudley and another woman yelled at the group telling them to stop and that they were going to call 911. The group dispersed before police arrived and no arrests have been made. The victim sustained minor injuries but refused medical attention, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The neighborhood where the incident took place, Patterson Park, has one of the city's highest Latino populations. Zimmerman is of Hispanic descent. Dudley said she wrote the Facebook post, which drew more than 50 comments, to help inform her neighbors about what was going on.
"Everyone in the neighborhood is well aware of the situation, but my concern is that we have a very large Hispanic population and many of them might not have Internet connection or they aren't on that page," Dudley said. "So my concern is trying to get the word out to them."