Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim's mother details St. Patrick's Day attack

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Pieter in the hospital after he was brutally beaten by a mob of young people.
Reached at home, Pieter's mother explains that her son is resting. Pieter is recovering from a brain injury suffered when he was attacked by a group of 20 to 30 young people in downtown Minneapolis shortly after 11 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day night and can't talk on the phone until he gets a few more hours of rest.

But Pieter's mom Grace knows the story of what happened that night inside and out. It's a story that has unfolded disturbingly often recently -- since the start of February, "flash mobs" have struck with violence in downtown Minneapolis six times.

Three of the attacks have resulted in injuries, but Pieter's are by far the most severe. After he was attacked, doctors at HCMC struggled to contain swelling in his brain. The possibility of Pieter needing open-brain surgery hung over the family until 7 a.m. the next morning, when doctors finally concluded it wouldn't be necessary. Pieter, 27, is now in the early stages of a slow recovery from his injuries, but it's still too early to know whether he'll ever bounce back completely.

Pieter and his 23-year-old nephew were out downtown to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. They were hanging out at Kieran's, and decided to head back to their hotel room on the other side of downtown around 11. While walking to their room, Pieter and his nephew were "blindsided" by "20 to 30 juveniles."
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Blood was splattered on the sidewalk shortly after Pieter and his nephew were beaten near 7th & Marquette.


Grace said a Wells Fargo security guard saw part of the incident and later told police that the mob repeatedly kicked Pieter while he lay on the ground helplessly. When the beating finally ceased, Pieter was left with a bloody face, no short-term memory, and significant brain injuries.

Pieter worked as a visual artist and graphic designer before the attack. He's home from the hospital now and staying with his mother. As he couldn't do in the hours immediately following the beatdown, he now remembers his name and is regaining some mobility. Yet he can't drive or go outside by himself, and his brain is still swollen. But Grace is optimistic Pieter is on the road to recovery.

As for the assailants? Both Pieter and his nephew have said the attack commenced so unexpectedly, they really can't remember anything about the young people who beat them mercilessly. "It happened so fast [Pieter] can't remember anything about them," Grace said.

Thankfully, a surveillance camera caught the incident on tape. That video is now in the custody of Minneapolis police, but no arrests have yet been made in connection with Pieter's beating.

Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department said investigators are currently looking into possible connections between the string of incidents that has downtown Minneapolis on edge and Pieter facing a long recovery from devastating injuries.

-- Pieter's last name wasn't disclosed at the request of his family.

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lrwhitney
lrwhitney

The message these little vagabonds should be getting is that occasionally you get shot. Ask Trayvon Martin. You get that message Jr. and he won't have died in vain.

Sosx2
Sosx2

i hope the next headlines are 12 gangbangers dead after attacking 2 innocent patrons down town

Guest
Guest

A HORRIFYING FACT:

Please grasp the fact that a sizable percent of the black population hate white people. Further, if they thought they could get away with it, they would kill white people.

They would not just kill you.

They would kill your white spouse and white children.

Yes, they would gleefully kill your children.

Mn Votur
Mn Votur

It's legal to carry a gun in Minnesota, in the open air. In fact you could holster a rifle to your back and walk around if you could.  I mean really you can. For real. Try it.

Larrydd9
Larrydd9

I worked downtown at night for years, I saw multiple attacks happen, almost always with race being the factor. If you think the police take this seriously you are wrong. In one case a witnessed a man getting beaten badly after trying to stop people from stealing items from his car, one of the assailants ran past me and I told the policeman I certainly could identify him and gave him my number. The hostess at our restaurant even got the licence plate of the car they left in.  Several months later I saw the man who was beaten, he told me the police went to the house of the car owner and it was a woman who said that her son had a party that night and someone took her car, but she does know who. The police never called me to have me identify anyone. The police told the victim " don't worry, they will do something serious one day and get in real trouble".  

EvilResident
EvilResident

That's not a flash mob, that's a riot. Flash mobs are supposed to bring joy.

Roman
Roman

My name is Roman and I also am a victim of these " flash mob beatings". My accident happened on the 24th of march. I was beat down by 10 plus samolians now I am in a neck brace with a fractured t1 in my back. Now I can't pick up my 8 month old daughter I lost my job. This is so sad that these little gang bangers don't have anything better to do. I want justice. They really should release the videos and maybe we can start to put a stop to this.

Solarhiker1
Solarhiker1

The Black Equation

They ADD nothing to societyThey SUBTRACT from our cultureThey DIVIDE the nationAnd boy do they MULTIPLY!

PE
PE

This should be a hate crime and these types of crimes should be minimum 10 years prison time.

Anrichnra
Anrichnra

Hey racists, here's a little insight into human psychology: the racist shit you're spouting is just reinforcing this negative behavior.  You think these kids really wanna confront the reasons they're commiting these crimes?  Hell no. Self-awareness is as hard for them as it is for you.

esteeha
esteeha

Agree that the public should definitely see the tape and police should request the help of the public to identify the perps. 

Rudy
Rudy

Why is it that if an Asian got beaten by Mobs, it's like nothing. Seems like we Asians here in United states are just plain nothing. If it is White or Black person bot beaten, it will be such a big big news. Why is that?

Philipmm2002
Philipmm2002

I work Security downtown and this is one of MANY incidents I have heard about that night involving "youths or young people". Every attack was unprovoked and senseless. These "youths" should be found and put away for a VERY long time and they or there parents should be sued. Now I remember why I love my permit to carry.

BBE
BBE

Love all the racial overtones in this comment section.  It's never about the crime, always about the race of who did what on almost every comment section of MN media outlets.  Minnesota nice my ass. lol And then you have the nerve to resent the outrage over an unarmed young Black kid who is 6 ft under while his murderer roams freely with his gun. Pathetic.

Jody
Jody

I think we all know what the solution to this problem is.....we need to increase taxes so that black youth have more access to Blackberries, IPods, and $200 basketball shoes.  Only then will America become a better place for all.  P.S. There are homeless Veterans who have sacrificed their lives so that black people can collect "free shit" and they are going without food tonight...but don't mind them....it is much more important for to give blacks EBT.....because, you know....they earned it............

Quickflip1
Quickflip1

Wow I seriously can't understand this, hope your get better Pieter.

Terry
Terry

Hey -- how about we stop calling these "flash mob" incidents and start calling it what it really is: terrorism.

Last I checked, being afraid to simply go about your day-to-day life for fear of getting seriously injured or killed by an organized group of a-holes isn't the same thing as a group of knuckleheads dancing to Thriller in Times Square. Bring terrorism charges on these "people" (being VERY generous with that label) -- this is unacceptable!

HarlemHeat
HarlemHeat

That's what kids do for fun these days?.....I think I will stick to my Poke'mon cards.

MDV
MDV

The victim’s Mom shared her story today at City Pages too.http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/20... contact the MPD, the mayor, the city council, etc to spur them to action!

Jody
Jody

And more thing....why isn't this being investigated as a hate crime?  The victim sure looks like a minority to me.  Oh let me guess.....it's only a hate crime when a non-black person commits a crime against a black person.  When black flash mobs commit violence against others, we just chalk it up as "oh......these are just kids acting stupid....."

Sparky
Sparky

Perhaps Spike Jones would be kind enough to tweet the home addresses of the perps.....

esteeha
esteeha

Agree that the public should definitely see the tape and police should request the help of the public to identify the perps. 

Guy T. Gardner
Guy T. Gardner

Not that I fault CityPages for bringing me this news, but seriously - how does this just slip by local news stations&papers? It seems something like this would be in the public's interest to know about as a safety issue and serious crime issue.

Wesly21
Wesly21

Where's the fucking outrage now, and why and what are these so-called young people doing downtown at that time. Chicken shits little fucking kids with shit for brains. Again where are the parents, their probably leading the beating!   

Seanthuok
Seanthuok

The Kind of person Pieter is, he doesn't deserve this!  Pisses me off..

erin
erin

Uh, wow. Sam, I don't know what happened to you as a child, but I feel genuinely sorry for someone who faces life with so much fear and hate. You must lead a very sad existence. For your sake and that of everyone around you, I hope you are able to see yourself - and by extension the world - in a different light very soon.

This is precisely the kind of rationale that makes all black youths in hoodies look "suspicious."

Kubousekjunk
Kubousekjunk

My wife and I were the victims of a Flash Mob attack on the same corner an hour before the terrible beating of Pieter.  Witnesses reported 3 police cars drove past. 

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 If they are immigrants / refugees they should be sent back to africa.

Kubousekjunk
Kubousekjunk

I was also a vicitm.  My wife screamed and I put up fists to defend myself.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Are you telling me that African's who created racism is really driving this?  You mean they are a victim of their own actions?

Csailsup
Csailsup

I was born in america. Live in america and pay taxes... alot in taxes!I am tired of the white/black /asian/ native bs. We are people. Not all news gets covered! Sad but true deal with it.... sad is that some one got the shit beat out of them and se verly injured an everyone has to have a tangent. I did not take this as racial but a flash mob of dumbasses who should be faced with the same consequences!

Erik-3396
Erik-3396

Fuck these pieces of shit i WILL walk just to have these dumb fucks try to do this to me! Let's see what the news says about self defense when they see 20-30 dead people after I kill everyone of them in self defense

Jody
Jody

Well, it would be hard to sue their parents because their father(s) are in prison and their mothers collect welfare.

Sickofexcuses2321
Sickofexcuses2321

These incidents become racial when mainstream media constantly points out incidents involving "white on black" or now the new term for playing the race card is "White hispanic" Does that make any sense to you other then to change a persons minority standing to suit a story involving "racially motivated" grandstanding?? It becomes racially motivated when "non-blacks" are fed up with the constant accusation that they are somehow racist for breathing through Caucasian skin. I think we are fed up with these constant race card stories. It doesn't do anything but perpetuate and even create violence against groups. White people have done more historically for the black community worldwide then blacks ever have for themselves or communities. People in American seem to forget that slavery was started and practiced for centuries among blacks in Africa - namely in Nigeria and Ghana for starters. North American practiced the LEAST amount of slavery then other countries. Blacks were NOT the only enslaved groups. Blacks also owned slaves themselves - even in North America. The Irish, Native Americans, Indians, etc were all victims of the slave trade. Difference is, these races have risen above their tragic past. Native Americans still struggle to even be recognized. Blacks need to take an honest look at themselves and communities. A lot of whites, I would bet money the majority, over blacks, want racism to not be a factor, and are tired of feeling some unwarranted guilt about something they would never want to begin with. But if this attitude among the media and blacks continues it will feed the hateful stereotypes that are quickly becoming a reality. This isn't the 1960's. Today blacks have more representation and positive influence on the world then ever before. Whites were the highest percentage of voters to vote in Barack Obama. Enough is enough.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

BBE - you hate non black people and you are racist. 

Jody
Jody

Well, maybe its the fact that the majority of violent crimes are committed by blacks.  Perhaps that could explain the "racial overtones".  Get it?  And btw the "unarmed black "kid" was 6'3" and weighed almost 180 lbs.  And his "murderer" has not yet proven to be a "murderer" yet.  But go ahead and keep on listening to Al Sharpton's self-serving propaganda.  But AS WE ALL KNOW, Al Sharpton ONLY speaks the truth with no bias whatsoever.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

What the flying F*ck are you talking about!?

Probably idiotic of me to even attempt to ask for a source for this nonsense...

Jody
Jody

I'm going to wager a bet that the addresses of these perps ends with "........Ave. North"

Bigcurtis
Bigcurtis

You mean Spike Lee?  Or is that irony on your part?

You're either a genius, or a moron.  Not sure which.

Jody
Jody

Showing the tape to the public isn't going to help because #1) it was 11:30 at night and the tape would be hard to see and  #2) the perps were probably wearing "hoodies".

Jody
Jody

Kare 11 reported this earlier today.

Guest
Guest

 What's wrong with you?

Why do you call these attackers young people?

Why are you not calling them black?

Black mobs attacking white people!

Jody
Jody

Duh......there is no outrage because the victim wasn't........oh you know!!!!!!!

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Well when they go around doing this - they do look suspicious now don't they.

Travis Stearns
Travis Stearns

Racist dog whistle comment. TOOT TOOT blame a whole entire neighborhood TOOT TOOT that'll solve everything

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 either way Spike Lee needs a beating for being such a retard!

Sparky
Sparky

Nope, meant Spike Jones all the way, he (was) at least an accomplished comic, Lee is pretty much a self-centered 1% assclown......

Xxnicole Richiexx
Xxnicole Richiexx

Kare 11 reported a different assault.  This one is more severe than the others.  All the other people attacked didn't end up in the hospital.  He ended up in the ICU for days

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