Democracy Now: White Men Charged in Beating of Black Teen Seek Trial Delay After Trayvon Martin Comparisons


Two white brothers accused of beating an African-American teenager while patrolling a Baltimore neighborhood two years ago are seeking to postpone their trial after widespread comparisons between their case and the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim, who are both white, have claimed they acted in self-defense when they beat a 15-year-old boy who was walking in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in November 2010. Documents quoted by the New York Times state the brothers pulled up next to the victim in a vehicle, surrounded him, threw him to the ground and hit him in the head with a hand-held radio. According to the victim, the driver yelled, “You don’t belong around here, get outta here!” The teenager was later treated for a broken wrist and a cut on his head. The Werdesheim brothers are facing multiple charges that could result in up to 13 years in prison.

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~ by wheresthemic on April 25, 2012.

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