Cops in Mobile, Ala. made their first arrest in the apparent mob beating of Matthew Owens: Terry Rawls surrendered Wednesday on assault charges. . . .
[Mobile Police Corporal Chris] Levy said that officers have been called to break up fights between Rawls and Owens before, but never filed charges because Owens instigated them. . . .
Cops said on Wednesday that they expect to arrest three more suspects involved in the fight, but added that the so-called “mob” consisted mostly of bystanders, WKRG reported.
“What we know is that Mr. Owens was fussing at some kids about playing basketball in the street,” said Levy. “These kids then went back and told their parents about the exchange they had with Mr. Owens.”
The adults “were having a get together down the street, [and] came down to where Mr. Owens is, and there was a series of racial slurs exchanged, and there was a fight,” said Levy.
He ruled out that it was a hate crime and said that the Trayvon Martin shooting wasn’t a motivating factor, according to media reports.