- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 29, 2005

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man who was yanked from his car and beaten by a mob of young people was doing better at a hospital yesterday, but police said there were still no arrests in the case.

“It’s just senseless,” Linda Johnson, wife of Samuel McClain, said in a statement released Wednesday by the hospital. “If people could see him now compared to how he looked before, they’d be shocked.”

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wis., released a photo of the 50-year-old father of 12 that shows him with a bruised and swollen face from Monday evening’s beating.

Mr. McClain was listed in satisfactory condition yesterday after initially being listed in critical condition.

A group of as many as 15 youths punched, kicked and jumped on Mr. McClain after he honked for them to move out of the street.

Police were questioning people who might have witnessed or participated in the attack, Milwaukee Police Department spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said. No one has been charged in the beating, but some people were arrested who had prior warrants pending, she said yesterday .

The statement from Mrs. Johnson was the first public comment from Mr. McClain’s family. She said her husband is a good father who would not have done anything to bring on the beating, one in a string of mob attacks in Milwaukee since 2002.

“I thought that the last time this happened in our community that people would wake up,” she said. “It’s time for this to stop. Parents need to sit down and talk with their children about what’s right and what’s wrong.”

State Rep. Leon Young, a Democrat, said he plans to introduce a bill in the state Legislature early next year that would toughen the penalties for those participating in group assaults.

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