An African American woman who lives on Delmar Drive screamed at News 5 about what she feels was unfair coverage in the Matthew Owens beating case. The mother said the kids were the real victims. Matthew Owens clings to life after 20 black neighbors, including women in skirts and children, beat him bloody with paint cans, brass buckles and anything they could find while screaming about justice for Trayvon Martin.
News 5 has more on the latest developments in the brutal beating.
Mobile police tell News 5 they still hope to make an arrest in the Matthew Owens case before the end of the night.
Owens was beaten Saturday night in front of his home on Delmar Drive. Witnesses, including Owens sister, say 20 black people attacked Owens with pipes, paint cans and chairs. Owens is still in ICU at USA Medical Center. Weaving in and out of consciousness, Owens told his brother Lloyd, “Don’t let me die.”
Police continue to downplay the Trayvon Martin connection to the beating. But a neighbor confirms what his sister told News 5. The neighbor, too scared to go on camera, told News 5′s Lauren Vargas that they heard one of the suspects say “This is justice for Trayvon” as she drove away.
Tonight, an angry mother who lives on the street told News 5′s Blake Brown that the kids who live on Delmar Drive are the real victims.
“Every single day it’s a problem with Mr. Owens concerning our kids,” Lemica Whisenhunt. “All these kids do is shoot basketball. We keep ‘em in the yard. They don’t bother anybody. We’d rather them play basketball than to be around here vandalizing, breaking into people’s homes. We try to bring our kids up the right way and show people that all black kids are not bad.“
The racial beating of Matthew Owens is not being treated as a hate crime.