DETROIT (WWJ) - As a 54-year-old Roseville man clings to life in the hospital following a brutal mob beating on Detroit’s east side, many are starting to wonder if the whole thing was racially motivated.
State Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D-Detroit), told WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton the incident appears to have racial overtones, adding, “it’s wrong.”
Joseph Utash said he believes his father was intentionally targeted or even worse, that skin color might have played a role. Based on witness accounts, the attackers were African American.
Separately, a 16-year-old boy is charged in Juvenile Court with assault and ethnic intimidation in the case. He’s black; Utash is white.
A fifth defendant is a 16-year-old Detroit male whose case is pending in juvenile court. He is the only defendant also charged with ethnic intimidation. The defendant, like the others charged, is black while Utash is white.