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The neighborhood watch strikes again. Two brothers, patrolling their Orthodox Jewish neighborhood are facing charges for beating a 15-year-old black teenager in Baltimore two years ago, and are headed to trial beginning today (April 23).

Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim, worked as neighborhood watch volunteers and have—like George Zimmerman—claimed self-defense, as the motive behind the vicious beating.

According to court documents, the men approached the teen while in their vehicle, before getting out and surrounding him. One brother threw the high-schooler to the ground, while the other hit him in the head with a radio, searched him, and yelled “You wanna (mess) with us? You don’t belong around here, get outta here!”

A third man also jumped on the teen, kneeing him and forcing him to the ground. Following the altercation the victim contacted police and was taken to  a hospital to receive treatment for a broken wrist, and a cut on the back of his hand.

Eliyah told a local newspaper that the attack was provoked when the teen picked up a piece of wood. However, the teen claims to have picked up the wood to defend himself against the three men.

This case runs eerily close to that of Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, whom he fatally shot back in February. The accused killer was released early Monday (April23) after posting $150,000 bond . Local civil rights activists are hoping that the attention that has been placed on Martin’s death, will shed more light on this case, which they believe to be racially motivated.

The two brothers are charged with second-degree assault, and face up to 13 years in prison. The third man was released without charge.



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Photo: Baltimore Sun