By Tiana L
Many online news organization recently reported misinformation regarding the brutal beating of Mr. Matthew Owens from Mobil Alabama. We at addMorejuice went searching for the facts and discover this is not a “hate crime” as previously reported.
The misinformation reported indicate the bating was a hate crime and NOT a long standing ungoing dispute between two neighbours who often times uses racial slurs. An argument between the victim and some kids at a local basketball court, witnesses said, got overheated, as you will see, leading to the beating of Owens.
It was also reported that, during this argument someone mentioned Trayvon Martin’s death. Matthew Owens was allegedly attacked by a group of 20 African-American adults. At the end of the beating someone reportedly uttered “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.” However the Mayor of Mobile clarified that this crime had nothing to do with the Trayvon Martin case. Huffington Post reports:
The mayor of Mobile, Ala. said Tuesday that the brutal beating of Matthew Owens was not a hate crime, as new details emerge implicating the victim, Matthew Owens, as the chief instigator.
About 20 African American adults beat Owens into critical condition on Saturday night after an argument between the victim and some kids at a local basketball court, witnesses said.
One person claimed that Owens spewed racial slurs at the group and even pulled out two knives, according to WPMI..
On Thursday Mobile police have made an arrest in the beating of Matthew Owens. Authorities said the suspect is 44-year-old Terry Rawls.
Chris Levy with Mobile police said this wasn’t the first run-in between the two.
“This is an incident from an ongoing dispute between neighbors, is what this is. We have a neighborhood. We have Mr. Owens and Mr. Rawls, who have a history of disputes which goes back to 2009,” said Cpl. Levy.
Levy said racial slurs have been exchanged in the past and in the most recent incident. As far as a claim that this had anything to do with the Trayvon Martin incident in Florida, Levy said it’s not true.
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