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Police investigate possible racially motivated beating

Police investigate possible racially motivated beating

By Charles Benson. CREATED Jul 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 16, 2013

MILWAUKEE - A Wauwatosa man claims he was beaten because George Zimmerman was found not guilty. Milwaukee Police are trying to determine if the assault was racially motivated.

The 34-year old has a broken hand and suffered a concussion in the assault.  He believes it was motivated by people angry with what happened to Trayvon Martin.
 
"I was just being pummeled from every direction I could imagine, " said Chris, who asked not to use his last name.
 
Chris was walking to the bus stop Sunday evening after visiting a friend when he says about a dozen African-American teens attacked him near 25th and Cherry Streets.
 
"At some point during the assault I blacked out for about a minute," Chris explains.
 
Chris says he didn't get a good look at his attackers because he was being punched and kicked in the face but he remembers what one of them said.    
 
"I know what the guy said: 'this is for Trayvon Martin' because he was right in my face and after he said it he punched me right in the mouth," said Chris.
 
Neighbor T.J. Jackson says he could see and hear what was happening a couple of blocks away.  
 
"They knew what they were doing," said T.J. Jackson. "They didn't want to rob him or anything like that, they just wanted to beat him up and make a statement and it wasn't a good statement."
 
Chris says the beating stopped when a Good Samaritan scared the teens away.
 
"This is a remarkable story because not only was I attacked by African Americans, but I got saved by one as well," said Chris. 
 
Chris hopes police will find his attackers, but he would really like to meet the man who saved his life again.
 
"I did thank him but I wished I knew what his name was because I really would like to thank him again."
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360.
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