In a wave of black-on-white crime since the February Trayvon Martin slaying, reports are emerging of dozens of brutal assaults by black mobs and assailants against white victims – and some attackers are citing the revenge for the Martin slaying as reason for their aggression.
Martin is the unarmed black teen who died after being shot by a Hispanic community-watch captain, George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Fla., sparking a wave of outrage o violence against whites long after the Feb. 26 incident.
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On March 17 in Baltimore, Md., a white man was beaten, stripped naked and robbed. As a girl danced against him, a black man grabbed an item from the man's pocket. When the victim attempted to recover his property, the man punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground, stripped his clothes off and taunted him.
Then one man in the mob, identifying himself on Twitter as "Lil Darren," posted a video of the assault online, explaining: "me an[sic] my boys helped get justice fore[sic] trayvon."
In the video, a man named Aaron Parsons, 20, looked into the video camera while ridiculing the victim. He turned himself in to police after being linked to the incident. According to the Baltimore Sun, he has been charged with robbery, assault and other crimes.
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Parsons' attorney, Warren Brown, told the paper the suspect is a "good kid."
"It's not the punch that has aroused so much anger – it's the humiliation after the punch, the disrobing of the guy and going through his pockets," Brown said. "He wasn't involved in any of that and has no real association with those people."
Despite an apology from Parsons, Brown said his client would plead not guilty
The Sun reported:
"As a girl dances against him, a man who police now say is Parsons grabs something out of the victim's pocket. The man moves to recover his property, and the man identified as Parsons rears back and punches him in the face, knocking him to the ground. The victim is then stripped of his clothing and teased.
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Police are still attempting to identify at least three other suspects captured on camera.
The video of the assault can be seen below:
On March 25 in Cobb County, Ga., a former U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq was beaten to death when he got into an altercation with a group of men in an apartment complex parking lot. Police have arrested four black men in connection with the beating death.
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The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Arthur Batchelor, 37, Tarell Secrest, 36, Jason Hill, 35, and Sean Hill, 38, were taken into custody on suspicion of killing 34-year-old Zachary Gamble.
The victim's relatives said Gamble, father of a 7-year-old boy, died from severe head trauma.
All four of the men have been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. They're being held without bail in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
On March 24-25 in Grand Rapids, Mich., at least seven white people were reportedly beaten by black mobs. Five of the victims filed reports with local police.
Charleston Conservative Examiner reporter Kyle Rogers said he spoke with victim Jacob Palasek, 37, a full-time student. Palasek said he was attacked by a black man on a bicycle who whipped the side of his head with a chain. The attacker purportedly hit him two more times in the head before Palasek broke away, ran to a home and knocked on the door, hoping the resident would call 9-1-1.
He said three blacks attacked him on the porch, yelling, "This is what you deserve, you piece of sh-t." They continued hitting him in the head with the chain, but he escaped again and hid behind a dumpster. Palasek said the men chased him but walked away when several cars drove by.
"A detective told Jacob that they believe all the attacks were racially motivated," the report stated. "The detective also told Jacob that he believed the Trayvon Martin media frenzy is what prompted the attacks. Jacob also believed that the thugs were seeking revenge for Trayvon Martin before the detective confirmed this belief."
According to the report, seven victims were assaulted within six blocks of the Palasek attack – some in broad daylight.
On March 26 in Seminole County, Fla., a white man named Mark Slavin, 50, reportedly sustained massive injuries to his skull after he received 13 blows to his head with a hammer.
The Jacksonville Daily News reported that the victim, a salesman for a furniture company in Orlando, was so badly beaten that he was unidentifiable.
According to the arrest report, one witness called 9-1-1 after he heard a man screaming for help. The caller said two men pulled the victim from a car, bludgeoned him with a hammer and dragged him into the nearby woods, where they continued to assault him. The attackers fled the scene in the victim's car before police arrived.
Two black men, Julius Bender, 18, and Yahaziel Israel, 19, were charged with attempted homicide, burglary with assault or battery and armed burglary.
The victim's father noted that the attack happened within a few miles of the place where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
The victim's father said he wonders if the attack is related to the Martin shooting.
"I'd like to have it checked to see if it was a hate crime," he said.
According to the report, officials at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said they don't believe the attack was connected to Martin's shooting.
"While the investigation is ongoing and we cannot give details at this point, I can tell you investigators from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office do not believe that this attempted homicide had anything to do with the recent events that occurred here in Sanford," said Kim Cannaday, a media spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. "We do not believe it was in retaliation or racially motivated."
On April 5 in Toledo, Ohio, a 78-year-old white man named Dallas Watts said he was the victim of a group assault, with the attackers allegedly yelling, "This is for Trayvon." According to Fox News, the man told police he was confronted by a gang of six youths, both black and white. One said, "Take him down."
"[Get] that white [man]. This is for Trayvon ... Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man]," the boys are quoted as saying in a police report
On April 9 in Gainesville, Fla., between five and eight black men emerged from a car screaming "Trayvon!" as they battered a 27-year-old white man who had been walking home, the Gainesville Sun reported.
According to the report, police believe the Martin case was the catalyst for the beating.
"We do believe that the crime was racially motivated," Gainesville Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said.
The victim told police the beating lasted five minutes – resulting in injuries to his left eye, abrasions to his palms, a cut on his right kneecap and "permanent disfigurement to the left side of his face."
The victim said the group got out of the car and told him he was walking too slowly before proceeding to beat him.
On April 11 in Gainesville, Fla., a black thief named Carl Babb, a man who had just been released from prison, stole a white woman's purse.
When the woman's companion chased the thief down and tackled him, attempting to retrieve the purse, a large crowd gathered around the two, chanting, "Trayvon!"
According to reports, at least three of the men in the crowd stomped on the white man's hands as he attempted to hold the thief down.
The following is a local news report on the incident:
On April 14 in Mobile, Ala., a white man named Matthew Owens was beaten by a black mob after he told a group of children to stop playing basketball in the middle of a street, WKRG -TV reported.
Police said about 20 black adults showed up at his home and beat him with chairs, pipes, brass knuckles and paint cans. One witness said she heard an attacker yell, "Now that's justice for Trayvon!"
On April 14 in Norfolk, Va., a white couple was attacked by dozens of black teenagers, and the local newspaper did not report on the incident for two weeks, despite the victims being reporters for the paper.
As WND reported in a story posted on the popular Drudge Report, the couple was pummeled April 14 by dozens of black teens, and the Virginian-Pilot newspaper did not report the incident for two weeks, despite the fact the victims, Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami, are both news reporters for the paper.
The attack was first reported in an opinion piece by columnist Michelle Washington.
"Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim," Washington wrote, describing the onslaught that began when Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami stopped at a traffic light while driving home from a show on a Saturday night. A crowd of at least 100 black young people was on the sidewalk at the time.
"Rostami locked her car door. Someone threw a rock at her window. Forster got out to confront the rock-thrower, and that's when the beating began. …
"The victim's friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third try, she got through and, hysterical, could scream only their location. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. It happened four blocks from where they work, here at the Virginian-Pilot."
Washington says neither suffered grave injuries, but both were out of work for a week. Forster's torso ached from blows to his ribs, and he retained a thumb-sized bump on his head. Rostami reportedly fears to be alone in her home, while Forster wishes he'd stayed in the car.
In her column about the assault, Washington said the day after the beatings, Forster searched Twitter for mention of the attack, and one post in particular chilled him.
"I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light," wrote one person.
"I don't," wrote another, indicating laughter. "(do it for trayvon martin)"
But at a press conference today, interim Norfolk Police Chief Sharon Chamberlin said the department is not investigating the case as a hate crime.
"At no time in our investigation or in statements taken from the victims did it appear this assault was racially motivated," she said.
Now, police have arrested four black teenagers in connection with the mob assault in the case which has sparked national public outrage but little media attention.
On April 17 in Chicago, Ill., two black teenagers beat a white 19-year-old to the ground, threatened him with a tree branch and robbed him because, one attacker explained, they were angry about the Trayvon Martin case.
Alton Hayes III demanded the victim give them his belongings, saying, "Empty your pockets, white boy."
Hayes and a second attacker, unnamed because he is only 15, searched their victim's pockets, threw him to the ground and punched him several times in his head and back. He told police they chose the victim because he is white.
Hayes was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime, all felonies. The younger attacker was referred to juvenile court.
On April 28 in Charleston, W.V., two black men beat a white 45-year-old man unconscious in front of his girlfriend and two sons, ages 9 and 13. The assailants knocked the man down, repeatedly kicking him in the face until he suffered a concussion and lacerations. Then they stole $30 from his pockets.
The Charleston Daily Mail reported police said the victim didn't antagonize the situation.
After posting a list of numerous recent black mob attacks against whites, PJ Media noted:
"This list of brutality does not include the highly publicized beating of Matthew Owens in Alabama that may have been the result of a long-running neighborhood feud, nor does it include the shooting of an unoccupied Sanford, Fla., police car at the height of racial tensions before George Zimmerman was arrested. It also does not include alleged vandalism and threats that have been issued, such as the death threats in Wisconsin plastered on neighborhood mailboxes and a sticker featuring a picture of Trayvon Martin and the word 'Revenge,' as well as another that said 'Kill Whitey.'"