“This is for Trayvon Martin.”
That’s what one of three black men told a white man as they approached him early Saturday in Washington before committing what police are saying may be a hate crime, according to Metropolitan Police Officer Anthony Clay.
The men kicked the man, who was not identified, as they took his iPhone and wallet, the officer said Sunday, according to CNN. The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.
There have been no arrests, but police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, the officer said.
“There is no pattern in these types of crimes. These attacks are outrageous; we are doing everything in our power to see that they certainly don’t occur. If they do occur, we are going to aggressively investigate them and bring people to justice,” Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Araz Alali said.
The attack happened two weeks after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. The verdict sparked nationwide protests by people who believe Mr. Zimmerman targeted the teen because he was black.