Witnesses claim “youths” yelled ‘this is for Trayvon’ in beating
Police still investigating claim in beating of Hispanic man
Hundreds of Trayvon Martin supporters gathered in downtown Baltimore to rally in response to the George Zimmerman verdict. (Lauren Loricchio/Baltimore Sun video)
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun
7:39 p.m. EDT, July 15, 2013
Baltimore police say they are investigating a witness account that a group of black youths beat a Hispanic man near Patterson Park Sunday while saying, “This is for Trayvon.”
A witness posted the account on a community Facebook page, and police confirmed they are looking into whether the suspects’ reaction to the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman played a part in the incident. A police report on the beating does not mention the alleged comments.
Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, declined to go into further detail.