A phrase has been cropping up in unconfirmed media reports, “this is for Trayvon,” and at least two men have claimed to have been attacked in retaliation for the acquittal of George Zimmerman Saturday night.
A white jogger in Mississippi is one of those two men who claim “this is for Trayvon” beatings, and Devin Dickey says that, Sunday night, the decision to go jogging ended with a bizarre kidnap and beating.
According to Dickey, the men who kidnapped him asked for directions to a liquor store before the alleged “this is for Trayvon” beating before brandishing a gun and demanding he enter the vehicle.
Dickey says he was taken elsewhere and that the men asked if he knew “Trayvon.” He said he didn’t, per his account, to which the men specified Trayvon Martin. Dickey says he answered affirmatively and was beaten.
Local news stations quote Dickey:
He said, ‘Do you know who Trayvon is?’ I said, ‘No,’ thinking of somebody local. He said, ‘Trayvon Martin.’ I said ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘I’m going to beat you… For Trayvon.’
The jogger adds:
“I’m lucky I wasn’t killed, you know.”
Another station quotes Dickey as claiming one man said he was “fixin to beat your a** for Trayvon,” and he added:
“They put me in the back seat, held me down by the hair, put a towel over my head.”
Over on Facebook, Dickey posted:
“Bad dreams can’t sleep feeling sick at my stomach. Hope this doesn’t last long.”
Police in Senatobia, Mississippi are looking for three black men, but no one witnessed the attack — nor did anyone see the car approach Dickey and order him into the vehicle.
Police Chief Steve Holts confirms that Dickey suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” after the alleged “this is for Trayvon” beating, and that so far no leads in the case had been announced.