A black man in Chicago has admitted being so angry about the Trayvon Martin case that he robbed and beat up a white man this week. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Alton L. Hayes II and a younger accomplice battered the victim and made racially intimidating remarks.
The crime is at least the third such racially motivated beating since April 7, the first two occurring in Gainesville, Fla.
Trayvon Martin is the 17-year-old killed by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him. Martin’s family and a group capitalizing on the incident's apparent racial undertones claim Zimmerman shot Martin because he was black.
The evidence released thus far, including a photograph that shows the back of Zimmerman’s head bleeding, supports Zimmerman's claim. Prosecutors have charged him with second-degree murder. He was released from custody on Monday on a $150,000 bond.
‘Empty Your Pockets, White Boy’
The Sun-Times reported of the recent Chicago crime that when Hayes and his 15-year-old companion set upon their victim, they attacked from behind.
They “walked up behind the 19-year-old victim and pinned his arms to his side early Tuesday, police said," according to the newspaper. It added, "Hayes then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, 'Empty your pockets, white boy.'"
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Photo: People attend a rally demanding justice for Trayvon Martin in Freedom Plaza, March 24, 2012, in Washington : AP Images