"This is for Trayvon Martin": D.C. police say white man was attacked by three black men invoking name of slain black teen

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(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Police say a Bethesda, Md., man was beaten and robbed by attackers in Washington, D.C. who yelled they were attacking him "for Trayvon Martin."

The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, police say.

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District of Columbia police said the attack occurred early Saturday morning in the District's Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Police say three black men approached a white male from behind in the 1700 block of Euclid Street NW, and two of the men threw the victim to the ground and kicked him. Police say they yelled "This is for Trayvon Martin," said D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali.

Polie say the attackers took the victim's iPhone and wallet before fleeing.

The victim suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

"There is no pattern in these types of crimes. These attacks are outrageous; we are doing everything in our power to see that they certainly don't occur," Alali said, the Washington Post reports. " If they do occur, we are going to aggressively investigate them and bring people to justice." 

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