Police In Washington, D.C. are investigating a street robbery as a possible hate crime in which the assailants shouted “this is for Trayvon.”
According to police, three black suspects approached a white man and yelled “this is for Travyon” when they threw him to the ground kicked him, and robbed him of his cell phone and wallet, CNN reports. The incident occurred in the city’s ethnically diverse Adams Morgan neighborhood early Saturday morning. The robbery victim fortunately suffered only minor injuries, however, and declined any medical treatment. No arrests have been yet made.
This is not the first such alleged attack under similar circumstances. As we have previously reported, a white Mississippi jogger claimed earlier this month that he was attacked and kidnapped by three men for “this is for Trayvon” retaliation. No other witnesses have yet come forward and reportedly there are as yet no leads.
In Baltimore, an Hispanic man was allegedly chased and beaten by 12 black teens who shouted “this is for Trayvon.” Law enforcement authorities in Baltimore have insisted that the isolated incident on July 14 was unrelated to the Zimmerman acquittal, however..
As the country and perhaps the world well knows, George Zimmerman, 29, a former neighborhood watch captain, was put on trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, 17, on February 26, 2012, after confronting the teenager as he walked back to the house where he was staying in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, entered a plea of not guilty on self-defense grounds and went on trial in a Seminole County courtroom starting on June 24. After about 16 hours of deliberation, the six-person, all-female jury on the evening of July 13 found him not guilty of both second degree murder and manslaughter.
In response to the possible hate crime in Washington, a police spokesman said that “There is no pattern in these types of crimes. These attacks are outrageous; we are doing everything in our power to see that they certainly don’t occur. If they do occur, we are going to aggressively investigate them and bring people to justice,” reports the Washington Post.