In Mobile, Alabama, Matthew Owens is in critical condition after being beaten by a group of adults whose children were playing basketball in the middle of a street (video below).
Owens told them not to play there, the kids left, but a group of adults returned, armed with chairs, pipes and paint cans.
Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack and told WKRG-TV that about 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.”
Parker says as the attackers walked away, leaving Owens bleeding on the ground, one of them said “Now, thats justice for Trayvon.”
One witness who wants to remain anonymous said: ”I saw about 10 to 15 people from little kids and women with dresses to adult men, just flooding onto the property, surrounding the car, hollering and screaming."
“And then I heard Matthew saying, ‘ I’m sorry, man, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ And then, the next thing, before I could get to the door, because we have it all deadbolted and everything, and before I could get it open, I heard all the beating and banging.”
Update: Mayor Sam Jones says that this isn't being investigated as a hate crime or race issue:
"Wait for the facts as far as we’re concerned right now," Jones told Fox 10. "But, I would caution people to not jump to conclusions right now. This is really very divisive in communities throughout the country, and I don't think we have any reason to be divisive here because I don't see any evidence of that."