Downtown Minneapolis rocked by six violent "flash mob" attacks during last two months

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Antonio Dewayne Jones, 20, was the only adult arrested following last Friday's assault.
If you needed proof that some people really do get their jollies from inflicting senseless harm upon others, consider what happened last Friday evening in downtown Minneapolis near Fifth and Nicollet.

A trio of cyclists were biking down Nicollet Mall about 7:45 p.m. when a group of men at a bus stop suddenly approached them and started throwing punches. One of the bikers was left with a broken jaw; another was beaten but sustained less serious injuries.

The incident happened right in front of Minneapolis police, who chased the 15 to 20 suspects and ended up arresting one adult and several juveniles. It was the sixth "flash mob"-style attack since the beginning of February.

Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department told KARE 11 that the perpetrators seem to be motivated by nothing more than the desire to act violently.

"It's just mainly to create mayhem, assault people and just whatever they can do," he said. "It's a weird mentality I don't think a lot of people can fathom or understand. Just to victimize people."

Officers have stepped up patrols in areas where the incidents have occurred, but last Friday's biker beatdown suggests added police presence isn't a surefire deterrent.

The Star Tribune runs down the other recent flash mob-style attacks:
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Since February 3, there have been six flash mob-style attacks on or near Nicollet Mall.
• Feb. 3: 9:25 p.m. at Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall. Several suspects, one displaying a handgun, assault a group of five young men, ages 18 to 19. No serious injuries or arrests.

• Feb. 20: 2:22 a.m. at 119 N. Fourth St. Six to seven young men, one with a handgun, threaten and then assault a 28-year-old St. Paul man, taking his cellphone and leaving him with face and torso injuries that did not require hospitalization. No immediate arrests.

• Feb. 25: 2 a.m. at 413 Nicollet Mall. Suspects assault two men, ages 22 and 25. Neither victim required hospitalization. No immediate arrests.

• March 11: 8 p.m. at Sixth Street and Nicollet Mall. Four men, ages 21 to 30, attacked. Two bikes stolen; one recovered. No hospitalization or arrests.

• March 17: 11:45 p.m. at 90 S. Seventh St. Two men, ages 23 and 27, are attacked. The younger man is seriously injured and admitted to intensive care at Hennepin County Medical Center.
The suspects involved in last Friday's incident didn't seem to be out to rob anyone, just to inflect pain upon the unsuspecting bikers. It was senseless violence in the most literal meaning of the term, and the trend is a "big concern" for Inspector Kris Arneson, who oversees downtown law enforcement.

See also:
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim's mother details St. Patrick's Day attack
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qry519
qry519

May I write now?  I'm stunned by what I'd been reading for the last couple of days.  I was just curious how many blacks where in California prisons, and how much it cost per prisoner for a year.  I've accidently come up with so much inf. It seems hopeless!  It's not the color of their skin.  It seems to be coming from inside them.  What If we took what it cost to house a black for a year and all of his girlfriends, and children, and gave them the money ,if they would go to Africa, without their passports..  Every man, woman, and child. Give each of them the money. that we spend to support them, for a year.  They cannot be reformed.  They seem to get worse, and their children get even worse. The things that I've read.  White people leaving lovely cities in droves just to get away from them.  When they are through, they say this place isn't fit to live in.  Give me something better.  The funny thing is that 50 years ago my father told me all this, and, I of course, argued with him.  I couldn't believe a whole race of people could be inferior.  The dictionary says to be prejudice is to judge without the facts.  We've ALL closed our eyes to THE FACTS because we are afraid of them calling us a name.  I've seen, and lived from personal experience what they are like.  When I needed a helper after major back surgery, I was given a list of people who wanted to work.  I called the Shemikas, etc., and do you know what, either they would show once, and never come back, or they'd make an appointment with me, and no show.  EVERY SINGLE ONE.  I stopped calling them if they had an African Name.  With my plan they get what they want, to be REAL Africans, get out of jail, and a very large amount of money.  And we can take our country back.  I'm 66 years old, and I remember. A child would NEVER SASS a teacher.  They say the biggest problem was children chewing gum in school.

Now our babies have to actually fear for their lives.  I honestly don't know what these people are, but I've come to know, if we don't get them out of America, they WILL destroy it. They seem to destroy every thing they come into contact with..  Even their own selves.  Even their  music is reprehensible. I'm ashamed to have to listen to it in Dunken Donuts.  I can't even think what kind of mind could write something like that.  And all the blacks that have that kind of mind and enjoy it.  I suppose it's not possible for anyone to take what I have to say seriously, but it sure would be nice.

Philcat
Philcat

So JUst what is it about St Patricks day, that makes these black N-g asses so pissed about?That it's a white only parade?

Turn downtown into Europe with cameras on every corner, and lights bright enough as day, and the scum rats with borrow in their holes. Do random ID & body search checks like was done in the 60's.

If a cop car saw you walking down the road during a school day, he dam sure checked it out.

No reason to be there, go to jail.Get loud so they are the only noise, go to jail.Pants down, go to jail.Gang colors, and hoods on at 98 above, go to jail.In one sweep, it can happen to get the city back.

All of Europe has strict laws on bicycles, no lights, $400 fine.Most crimes are committed by roving thugs on bikes to move quickly.

Ray
Ray

 All the police have to do is enforce existing laws.  They don't.

There are existing laws against: blocking public sidewalks, jaywalking, indecent exposure, verbal harassment, loitering, panhandling, curfew, etc. 

Failure to control this is chasing white people with money out of downtown.  It's effectively a done deal.  There is nothing downtown that you can't get in a safer place.

Notice the proliferation of skyway-connected parking.  "We" stay up here.  "They" stay down there. 

As a lifelong Minneapolis resident, I have become utterly terrified of being downtown after dark.  I avoid the streets even during the day because the fucking sidewalks are crawling with dirtbags.  I'm not talking about bums here.  I'm talking about young black men without belts, who don't own combs or toothbrushes and who have never worked a day in their lives.  I'm talking about young black men with more than a chip on their shoulder.  That's such a cute expression.  These people are not cute.  They are sociopaths being bred by the hundreds.

And they're making more.

I can't wait until someone puts up signs asking them to please be nice.  These people are illiterate.  They are stupid.  They are high. They are mean.  They are destined for a prison cell if they live that long.

Joe A
Joe A

can you carry a concealed gun in MN? Why do you think FL has the Stand Your Ground law..

Spike
Spike

associating it with flash mob is just wrong in my opinion.

call it what it is, gangs.

Robert M. McAdam
Robert M. McAdam

Why not describe the mobs?  I'll bet that they are white Mormons wreaking havoc with their Bibles in hand.

Nice job by the cops. They manage to let 15-20 escape right in front of them.  Too busy eating donuts?

Homeytonka
Homeytonka

Probably the SAME cluster of SOMALIANS that put my friend, Hippie George, in jail.

Liam gilmorrison
Liam gilmorrison

A lot of you are trying to intellectualize these events.In one sense you can't blame societies ills as if you look at the collective nature of the counties of origin for African Americans you'll see that they operate on no less reason or functionality.If you look at events in the U.S. you'll see a lot of piss off African Americans who blame whites for all of their ills. They act out their anger just as they do in African countries.It is the nature of that particular culture and ethnic group.At least when they are in the extreme majority.The only defense against what is happening in Minneapolis is to simply respond in kind even more forcefully and creatively.I, as a 55 y.o. white male cannot equal the brute force of a strong african american.. But I should be able to use my wits about me.I stay away from areas where they gather.I have a guard dog and know well how to use the firearms in my home.When in public all I can to is be aware.I am surprised that white americans are giving up their nice cities so quickly.There are still more whites in minneapolis in the evening and I am surprised that healthier white males don't jump to the defense of those being beaten by blacks.It is a race war... perhaps on a small scale.. but one would have to be blind to not see it is groups of blacks beating the heck out of white people.What more does one need to see this for what it is?Is White America really just turning it's backside to Black anger and giving it all up?Have we become that miserably soft.Have we no way to organize to at least react in a trained manner in our defense to give back a message to black thugs?I'm not talking about the Aryan Nation here... Just groups of white folks who can meet to create defense groups that may find themselves in a "flash mob" situation and can react productively there by smashing back at this sort of violence.Money won't fix it.Good wishes and historical apologizes won't fix it.These black americans are pissed off.  They hate us.   And nothing will remedy it other than a far more powerful force against it.

brian
brian

We need to be politicaly correct, african american flash mobs

Solarhiker1
Solarhiker1

Yet Jenny Belsito is having a One Million Hoodie event tonight. Twin Cities get what they deserve by getting into bed with these dark beasts.

NO1
NO1

From what I understand these mobs have been attacks on whites... I don't understand why they don't just say that.

E K
E K

Where does Minneapolis rank on the list of "best places to get beaten by a flash mob"?

Diana
Diana

Not a flash mob. Just a mob.

Jody
Jody

Did you guys hear that Guns and Roses are re-releasing their hit song "Welcome to the Jungle"?  dedicated to Minneapolis?  The new song is called "Welcome to the Ghetto" and here are the new lyrics:

Welcome to the GhettoWe've got fun and games.We are the people that will steal whatever you may need If you got the money, Whitey, we are your disease.

In the Ghetto....Welcome to the Ghetto......Watch us bring you to your knees.....We wanna see you bleed........

Welcome to the Ghetto.....we steal here day by day......We know you don't like us, but you're gonna bleed, that's the price you have to pay....Your wife is a very sexy girl......She's very hard to please.....We aint got shit, but we'll rape her anyway cuz she gots what we needIn the Ghetto....In the Ghetto....Feel my serpentine.....please.......White Bitch, I wanna hear you scream

Welcome to the Ghetto....It gets worse here everyday....We've learned to live like animals cuz Liberals know how we play...If we hunger for what we want, we'll take it eventually......We'll steal whatever we want, but you better not take it from me

Chorus:

And when you're high you never ever want to come down..........So down.... so down...... so down.......... yeah

Hey Whitey:  You know where you are?You're in the Ghetto, baby..........................Your're gonna die.......................

In the Ghetto....Welcome to the Ghetto......Watch us bring you to your knees.....We wanna see you bleed........

Whoooooo.....wowza.............

Mrfrankos
Mrfrankos

Remember Bernard Goetz.  Look him up and educate yourself to real options.

Unknown
Unknown

For all racist extremist I ask for you too sit back and wait and not plan an attack on some unsuspecting black couple. The media will make this about race  blacks on white blah blah blah well I guarantee it will be a matter of time before one of these african american flash mobs attacks 2 random black people (if it hasnt occured already) who will not be members of any gangs or anything, you know why because all races have unity but there is no real unity in the black community. I bet this attack (black on black) wont get any media coverage though. Not trying to spin it or anything just telling the truth

Gunnarsturm
Gunnarsturm

and thats why u carry a knife or A GUN AND START KILLING THESE MOTHERFUCKERS,ONE OF U  2 OR MORE OF THEM  DO WORK,,,

thrashmaster
thrashmaster

Any blow to the skull should automatically bring attempted murder charges. These animals specifically target the skulls of victims once they are on the ground.

NiagaraFallsOntario
NiagaraFallsOntario

Even though I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, I have spent a lot of time in the States and love downtown Minneapolis.  However, after spending a few summers there, here is what I've noticed: security has no real authority to do anything should something like this happen, and there is such a stark contrast between the white-collar executives and street people who coexist downtown - nobody knows how to say 'if you're not here to buy anything, GET OUT'.  I know that people want to be friendly and (especially now) are afraid to appear racist or classist, but if anyone - meaning anyone - is creating an environment where potential customers no longer patronize your business, it's time to do something about it.  This continues because people let it continue - in Detroit, if you're downtown and you're sitting around or causing a disturbance, the cops/security won't hesitate to tell you to get out.  Some cases your picture is taken and you're trespassed.  They have spent so much money revitalizing their downtown that they see it as precious and worth saving.  Minneapolis needs to hire more people who don't fall for the 'you're a racist and I'm gonna sue you' bullcrap and start showing lawbreakers what a consequence looks and feels like.

thrashmaster
thrashmaster

This is going on all over the country and it is the exclusve domain of one particular group: African-Americans. No other racial groups are involved in these violent flash mobs. White flash mobs sing and dance. African-American flash mobs engage in attempted murder (kicking the heads of unconscious victims) simply for the thrill of it. If you do not racially profile after dark in downtown Minneapolis, they have a bed at HCMC, or a drawer in the morgue, with your name on it.

Scott55116
Scott55116

Hey let's spend a billion on a new stadium and put it downtown. This would be on top of the other millions that have been wasted on block E. Great place to take my kids. Maybe we should not build the stadium and address the extreme poverty and hopelessness that exists.

Donalddorsey
Donalddorsey

My wife is white and works downtown.  She and her co-worker started down a side street after work towards their cars.  They were met with racist banter from a black women and several black men.  This insulting group attempted to surround my wife and her friend.  Fortunately my wife & friend quickly hurried back to the main street before the approaching group encircled them.  They went back inside their office building and informed security and requested safe passage to their cars.  The security guard was black and just chuckled as he said he didn't want to mess with no crew led by an angry black women.  My wife & her co-worker basically had to wait and watch through their office window until the aggressive group moved on.

This pattern is very upsetting.  I hope my wife didn't become a target in some racist game.  I'm trying to understand the thought process behind this.  I'm trying to imagine what it would be like lurking in the shadows with all my buddies and targeting any stragglers that wonder away from the herd.  Seems very cowardly and unrewarding.  I'm a black man... and I know I'd rather spend my time improving the quality of my life then damaging the quaility of others. 

I fear for my wife's safety... She has a predictable pattern downtown and can easily be targeted again.  I don't want to offend anyone, but cultural stereo types exist based on real observations.  As a black man, cultural diversity has worked in my favor.  I know I'd never want to live in an all black neighborhood.  For some inexplicable reason if you put to many of us in one spot we become unorganized and less productive... Look out!  And vice-versa with some white cultures (like Germans)  If you put to many in one spot they become extremely organized, technical, proud and start marching... Look out!

All kidding aside... cultural diversity and balance makes everyone more productive.  Bottom-line I know there is some racist crap that's targeting white people downtown.  Brothers & Sisters... stop the cowardly ambushes and running away.  Participate in more productive activities that improve the quality of your life.

Ray
Ray

We don't really know.  What we do know is that the crooks are black, they travel in packs and the police and completely incompetent.  Coming soon to Minneapolis: Detroit

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Of course not. I witnessed a fight last week in downtown that was black on black.  Another thread on CP documents another beating by this group or mob (whatever), and they put a kid in the hospital. He was not a white victim. Every one is just so quick to make their own assumptions, just like the Trayvon case.

Ray
Ray

 "Flash Mob" implies that they are organized and they are having fun.  Not so.  This is war.  Let's act like it.  Carry a gun.

Ogdenville
Ogdenville

 How are a few cops supposed to catch 15-20 people?  They don't have 4 arms each.  I guess if you get attacked, you'll just take them all on by yourself, right? 

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

White people giving up their cities? There are many more nationalities then just white people living in Minneapolis, that's why being white is now being a minority. You should understand the way our infrastructure works before you think we (oh I mean white people of course) are giving up our city. It's called gentrification and it starts with the housing market. Why do you think our city is so segregated? The FHA approves certain projects (such as condos) or increasing property value to effectively move lower income families from their homes in an effort to bring in wealthier people. It is understandable and makes sense, but also unfair to people trying to get out of the those areas of high crime.As far as jumping to defense in the case of a beating, I think more people would, but unfortunately good people don't walk around in packs of 20 to aid in defense. People are pissed off, and it's everyone. In general, everyone hates everyone, but they also fear those people. Take a look at yourself for example. You are afraid of black people. You bring up the fact that you have guns locked and loaded and a guard dog. And you also have a misconception that this is a black and white thing, when you should open your eyes to the color around you.The key is to understand this and accept that that's the way it is and be okay with how our culture lives. You look out for yourself and friends and family, then handle your business in the meantime.

josh
josh

The two men on St Patricks Day were Asian... My mom works with the mom of the guy that went to intensive care. all over $5 in his pocket too...

NoVictims
NoVictims

Yes, statistics are not racist. If you must drink, do it at home. If you must go out, get your carry permit and stay sober.

Realist-American
Realist-American

Black-on-Black crime happens all the time.

Blacks commit over half of the murders in the US even though they make up only one eighth of the population.  Most of their victims are also Black.

Since Trayvon Martin was killed, how many Black teenagers were murdered by other Blacks?  A glance at the news from Washington DC, Baltimore, NYC, Chicago and LA will bring up dozens. 

But not a trace of Black outrage over their killings.

And no Black outrage over thuggish gangster culture, just whining about Whitey the Man plotting to "murder" poor wittle Trayvon.

Macho Muchacho
Macho Muchacho

Wait a minute...black fuckers attack white folks, and youre calling white folks racial extremists? How the fuck does that make any sense whatsoever? Why arent you calling the black fuckers who attack white folks racists extremists? Why are you covering up for those black monsters? Its pretty evident that the media is on their side. Why are you saying all races have basic unity? There is no lie further from the truth. You fucking liberal hypocrites will stretch the truth until it is so distorted that one can only wonder at how it started off in the first place.

Mrfrankos
Mrfrankos

I agree with self protection.  A good gun to carry is the JUDGE.  Its a pistol but shoots like a shot gun.  Big blast pattern.  One shot will take out at least a few of these uneducated, entitled thinking mother fucking punks.  I owe blacks NOTHING, I always carry, trust no one, and will love to remove dirt from the earth.  Remember Bernard Goetz.  look him up and educate yourself to reality.

Kevin
Kevin

This is true. If you Google "Flash Mobs", you will get videos depicting waves of African-Americans causing mayhem and violence all over the country. However, If you dared point this out on a major news network, you would be immediately labeled racist, have hordes of naive liberals demonizing you and lose your job.

Macho Muchacho
Macho Muchacho

Fuck em. Let em get jobs like everyone else. Or die. Im tired of liberals spending my money on failed social programs.

Momo
Momo

...because the offensive amount of government handouts in MN have clearly empowered and inspired the "disenfranchised" among us thus far.  

Ten_ton_hammer10
Ten_ton_hammer10

One thing that saddens me, is that white people will be the first of all races to disappear on this planet. Such an awesome, diverse culture! Also take a look at non-white grammer on here compared to white. Does anyone notice a difference?

Realist-American
Realist-American

The "Judge" gives you a big pattern of tiny useless pellets.  There's a reason no one hunts anything bigger than doves with a .410. 

Get a decent pistol chambered in at least .380 Auto or 9mm Makarov.  9mm Para or .40 S&W would be better but will be larger, heavier and more difficult to carry concealed.  .45 is good but even larger, heavier and harder to conceal.

Load it with quality jacketed hollow-point bullet cartridges, not the cheapest full metal jacket ammo on the shelf at Walmart.

Get some training.

Get a concealed carry permit

And carry all the time.  If you "know" something bad is going to happen, you'd be a damn fool to go there in the first place, and a double-damn fool to go there with just a pistol.  A pistol is for when you're NOT "expecting trouble" and trouble comes looking for you on it's own.

And when thugs like Antonio Dewayne Jones decide you should be their victim, put them down with bleeding lethal holes in their bodies.  As many as possible.  Distributed fairly, of course.  Make sure all of Antonio's pals get at least one.

thrashmaster
thrashmaster

Yes, and ironically it's the naive liberals who end up the victims in these attacks for the most part. 'I'm going to pass right by this group of loitering AA teens because I don't want them to think I am stereo...[whack! sucker punched and ghetto stomp, i.e. kicking the skull of victim on the ground, ensues]' Naive liberal wakes up - or not - in the ICU. 

Guest
Guest

The people you leave to "die" will be fighting and scrambling for whatever they can get which in turn would cause more crime... Poverty increases crime. Would you rather be spending money on a social program that helps people move up in the world or spending that money for social programs on prisons because we couldn't help these people move up in the world.

Scott55116
Scott55116

obviously it has not been enough. Having been on welfare, and white, there is no way I would jeopardize the gravy train you think exists. How about being 18 and homeless and hopeless. Do you think they care about the 180 a month Should we just lock everybody up? I would rather believe in people than spend more money building prisons. Maybe you should try being poor before you make such a commentt or spend a night in jail just because they felt like locking you up.

Bulls25
Bulls25

Wait until your skinny white ass gets pummeled by these chimps. You'll change your tune.

Joe
Joe

Hey Bleh - We're not 'tough guys' dipshit.  We're people just like you who happen to carry guns.  Truth is, I'm better prepared to defend myself than you are if one of us was the next random target.  Period.  You can keep your holier than thou self-righteousness.  I'll keep my 9mm.

Bleh
Bleh

So many internet tough guys. I wish someone would go all Punisher on these thugs, it would be a great story. Never seems to happen though.

guest
guest

I have noticed more places not accepting EBT cards because of all the bullshit that goes along with it!

Natalie
Natalie

Momo, cash assistant is already time-limited, and has been since the 90s (part of Clinton's welfare reform). There is a five year lifetime limit.

Macho Muchacho
Macho Muchacho

Why the fuck would I want to try being poor? Youre a god damn idiot for even suggesting that, lol. Why the fuck would I want to spend a night in jail? Jeebus on a woodpile, but youre a retarded turd. Heres what you really want to say "I want all of you to be poor and cry bitterly just like me so that we will be the same. I hate rich people because im no one of them...". Fuck, you god damn liberals are just a waste...of everything...

Momo
Momo

Jody is right.  I am in support of a safety net to protect folks who are in a tough position, especially youth.  However,  it should be time-limited in a lot of cases.  I hate that the government fancies its role is to coddle people who, like yourself, have the wherewithal to make something of themselves.  Generally speaking, politicians are not interested in helping people, only the growth of government and there own job security.  It's all a racket!

Jody
Jody

Scott: the key word that you stated was that you have "BEEN" on welfare.  You empowered yourself and got off it.  Momo is not talking about people like you.  He (or she) is referring to the multi-generational "welfare-baby-making-factories" that produce children who commit crimes like this.  I highly doubt that when you were on welfare, you were involved in any "flash mobs".   

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