Sunday, May 20, 2012

19 year old white guy beaten by two groups of black youth mobs

So the Baltimore Sun lashes out at a state delegate who issues a statement about black youth mobs roving around downtown Baltimore, civil rights leaders and politically correct officials lashes out at him as well. Then comes this story where the Sun buries the lead.
A 19-year-old student from Baltimore Polytechnic High School told police he was beaten by two separate groups of juveniles from a rival school in downtown Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, an attack that comes amid a pitched debate over downtown safety. According to police, the student was walking in the 200 block of W. Fayette St., a block north of the First Mariner Arena, before 4:20 p.m. when he said he was attacked from behind by an unknown male.  
Nine other juveniles joined in as he tried to defend himself, and his phone was taken during the attack, he told police. Moments later, police say, an MTA bus stopped in the block and a juvenile male wearing a Digital Harbor High School shirt "forced open the door and got off the bus," followed by 19 other juveniles wearing Digital Harbor shirts, who again assaulted the victim, police said. Anthony Guglielmi, a city police spokesman, said the victim told the police he was attacked because of a rivalry between the two schools. Guglielmi said police were coordinating with school officials to investigate the case.  
The Sun reported last week that police dispatch tapes revealed a broader disturbance downtown onSt. Patrick's Daythan police had let on, and some questioned whether police had been forthcoming initially about the scope of the incident. The tapes showed police struggled to contain large groups of young people moving throughout the downtown area.  
Also that night, a Virginia man was beaten and stripped of his clothing near the downtown courthouse, an attack that was caught on tape and garnered national attention. The racial elements of that crime fed much of the outrage - the victim was white, and the attackers were all black. In Thursday's reported assault, Guglielmi said the 19-year-old victim was white and the attackers were all juvenile black males.

Baltimore Police and city officials covering up crime in the city.

Basically the public right to know that downtown Baltimore is a pit toilet is not something the cops or city officials care to tell them.
On Saturday night, Denise Kostka and her husband, disturbed by loud voices, peered out from their eighth-floor room in the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel and saw at least 100 teens massing on the street below. "I never saw anything like that, ever," said Kostka, visiting from Springfield, N.J., to take in the sights and see her niece who lives in Federal Hill. Then they saw police surround a car. "I thought, 'Oh my God, it's "COPS" live,'" Kostka said, referring to the popular reality television show. Baltimore police have for years combated youths descending on downtown, causing fights and other trouble, and have employed the same strategy: push them out without resorting to mass arrests, just as they did Saturday night. 
At the same time, police have battled a perception of Baltimore being ravaged by crime — even as crime rates have declined. ....Authorities have to strike a careful balance of how much to divulge to the public to ensure people are safe without unnecessarily frightening them, said Lt. Col. Michael J. Andrew, who retired last year after 38 years on the city force. "If the average person sees one police car, he's concerned. ... If they see a group of kids, they panic," Andrew said. "But police have to talk intelligently and honestly. They don't have to tell the public they had it under control, because they obviously didn't on St. Patrick's Day." "I'm not saying you have to push the panic button and say Baltimore is out of control," he added. "If you overreact, you scare people to death, and then what have you accomplished?" 
Kostka said she worried when she saw no media reports on what she had seen on Saturday. "It was awfully scary," she said. Police said there were no crimes to report outside Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel that night. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police were trying to disperse the teen crowds and encourage them to leave downtown. Another police spokesman gave a similar account of what happened on the night of March 17.

But as The Baltimore Sun reported, another description emerged from police dispatch tapes. Obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act request, the tapes show that on St. Patrick's Day as night fell, police struggled for hours to round up the youths in downtown, the Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon.

Police called in reinforcements from throughout the city to contain the mob and move people out of the harbor area, all while dealing with more than a dozen clashes between youths from the east and west sides. An officer had to use a Taser to subdue one youth, and 10 arrests were made. For more than two hours, waves of teens roamed through downtown as officers blocked off streets.

Police played down the events to reporters even as they unfolded. And when asked questions in the following days, police discussed one stabbing and the Tasing and noted a large number of people. The police commander on the scene that night declined to be interviewed, and on Monday Guglielmi said the police commissioner would not be available for an interview.