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Police: Man claims assault after Zimmerman verdict

3 years 10 months 1 week ago July 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013 Tuesday, July 16 2013 July 16, 2013 6:56 AM in News

SENATOBIA, Miss. - Police are investigating claims that a man was assaulted in Senatobia, apparently in retaliation for the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Police Chief Steve Holts says a man called police about 11 p.m. Sunday, saying he has out jogging when forced into a car and beaten after an assailant asked if he knew who Trayvon Martin was.

The victim - whom police aren't naming - is white. He says his assailants were black. The victim says he was dropped off on a road about three miles north of Senatobia in rural Tate County.

The victim suffered what Holts described as "non-life-threatening injuries" and was treated at a hospital and released.

Police are investigating and declined to say if they have suspects.

Senatobia is about 40 miles south of Memphis.

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