CHICAGO – A black 18-year-old suspected of a violent attack on a white teen told Chicago police the beating was motivated by his anger over the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, MyFoxChicago reports.
Alton Hayes III was charged with a hate crime after he and a
15-year-old attacked the 19-year-old man at about 1:00 a.m. on April 17
in Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.
Police say Hayes and his teenage partner, who has not been named
since he is a juvenile, picked the man apparently at random and pinned
his arms to the side.
Hayes allegedly then picked up a tree branch and demanded the victim
give them his belongings, saying, "Empty your pockets, white boy."