Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Police want earlier downtown curfew

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With six flash mob-style attacks occurring on or near the Nicollet Mall since February, police now want to get youths off downtown streets earlier.
The weekend seems to have come and gone without another "flash mob" beating in downtown Minneapolis, which is good.

But police remain concerned about the possibility of additional outbreaks of random violence and are now floating the idea of an earlier downtown curfew to get groups of youths off the streets by 8 p.m. The most recent attack happened at 7:45 p.m., but the five earlier incidents all took place after 11 p.m.

Currently, on weekends, 15- to 17-year-olds can be on the streets unsupervised until midnight. The earlier curfew proposed by police would only apply to Nicollet and Hennepin, the streets where groups of youths tend to congregate. Nicollet Mall, in particular, has been a problem area since the first flash mob-style attack occurred in early February.

Exceptions would be made for Twins games and other events, during which youths would be able to remain downtown unsupervised past 8 p.m. As is the case under the current law, youths accompanied by an adult would not be subject to the earlier curfew.

As Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department told KARE 11: "Certainly the vast majority of kids that come downtown are not creating these problems. But we have seen in the recent weeks, there have been some problems."

Meanwhile, details continue to emerge about the mob beatings that rocked downtown Minneapolis in February and March. From the Star Tribune:
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27-year-old Pieter suffered brain injuries after he was blindsided and beaten by "20 to 30 juveniles" around 11:30 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day.
"I was knocked out cold," said Tony Beasley, 28. He was walking along 5th Street at 11:30 p.m. on March 16 and had just crossed Nicollet Mall. "We got surrounded by four or five kids right away," he said. "They were taunting us. They were kind of laughing."

Beasley didn't think it would turn serious, but then someone punched him from behind. They chased his friend for half a block and then dispersed. They didn't take anything from Beasley, leaving him with his phone, wallet and keys.

"They all seemed to be wearing skinny jeans and stuff that was more like skater kid stuff, which made me feel as though they were from the suburbs," he said. "It's a totally unfounded guess, but that increased my feeling that I was in no immediate danger."

Authorities told Beasley they didn't have enough evidence to investigate his case.
According to the Strib, police have made at least four arrests in connection with the beatings, but as of last week investigators were still working to figure out what links, if any, exist between the six incidents. With so little known about the perpetrators and their motivations, the earlier curfew would give police a tool to sweep possibly troublesome groups of youths off Hennepin and Nicollet before trouble arises.

The 8 p.m. curfew proposal would have to be approved by the Minneapolis City Council before becoming law.

Earlier coverage:
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim's mother details St. Patrick's Day attack
-- Downtown Minneapolis rocked by six violent "flash mob" attacks during last two months
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Eltopo33666
Eltopo33666

A curfew? Really!? Is it an option to stop paying the police until they do their job?

Corylynnc
Corylynnc

Earlier curfew. nice. They beat people up and they are going to go home earlier because of a curfew? Puh leez.\Further you would be punishing the law abiding citizens  and the business owners downtown. How about this? A Cop working every intersection?

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Why does this report not clearly call out that the attacks have been from young black males?

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

A curfew? That wouldn't work. Just give them more money for nothing, that always works.

Drew
Drew

and chicks for free?

Dave
Dave

I guess this brings up another point -- if they're kicked out of downtown, where do they go next? I live in the Warehouse District, which is already sketchy as is after dark -- will there be beefed up police there? Or in Nordeast? I fear this is a much bigger problem than a curfew can solve.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Maybe they should be arrested, and then given stiff sentences and then sent back to where ever they belong?

Kirk K.
Kirk K.

There was indeed another incident this weekend. A friend of mine was pummeled outside Manny's about 10 p.m. by 3 or more black teenagers who jumped him.  He had his arm broken in two places, was bleeding profusely and had to be taken to HCMC. I am told by witnesses they then decked another guy.

atrupar
atrupar

Kirk -- could you get me in touch with your friend? I'd like to hear his story. Please let me know at atrupar (at) citypages (dot) com. Thanks.

Kirk K.
Kirk K.

Aaron, my emails to you are bouncing back. Pls email me at huckle57@yahoo.com

atrupar
atrupar

Kirk -- could you get me in touch with your friend? I'd like to hear his story. Please let me know at arupar (at) citypages.com.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

I am glad that MPD is taking some measure in stopping this. To Mark, you can't deny that this would aid in preventing most of the crimes committed by youth. We complain when nothing happens, and find a negative when the Police make an effort.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 What are they doing to stop it?  How about policing the areas where there are significant portions of nicollet dominated by young black men who seems to be fueling this?

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Well if you read the article and did some research you would see that by adding extra patrols and cameras, in addition to the curfew, would most certainly put a stop to the crimes. Its black and..wait...its simple.

Ta9798
Ta9798

This why I carry a butterfly knife on me, don't care that there minors if they mess with me they are going to find out how sharp I keep my blade and how well I can use it.

Clarence
Clarence

Butterfly knife? Please. Real men use nunchucks.

Guest
Guest

You're so tough...

Pedro
Pedro

youre a urine soaked lib. shut your trap. good day:)

Mark D
Mark D

Some "day or night", these Mobs will face off with People that will take immediate action to prevent personal harm. Some of these thugs are found with guns on them, and this will be all the info one needs to legally .45 Zombie touch a few, to prevent ones self from being cast in to a Coma.

I would much rather have the Worthless Media snap a photo of me from an investigation, then from a Hospital bed on Life Support!  I feel very sorry for this Kid & I bet there was people all over the place watching him get attacked. Step-Up and get involved. This happens all the time in St Paul & MPLS and the Media could careless, unless they can get that Hospital Coma shot for the front page...   

Joe
Joe

 While I agree with your sentiment, I find your enthusiasm extremely disturbing.

Andrczi
Andrczi

Yes. I would feel much safer with someone like you firing a handgun on Nicollet with no regard to backstops. Especially when you're so fucking cavalier about it. .45 zombie touch? Please. How old are you? Try to be less enthusiastic about killing other human beings.

Pedro
Pedro

go bury your head back in the sand.:)

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 I would feel much safer.  for sure.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Perhaps if more people followed the Democrat mantra and aborted the "undesirables" through the practice of eugenics, they wouldn't grow up to be a thorn in the side of society.  Maybe Margret Sanger (founder of planned parenthood) had good intentions after all.

Guest
Guest

So in other words you have nothing to say on the issue but still like to hear yourself rattle?

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

It's called Karma , what comes around , goes around .

Joe
Joe

 Drew, I can't post links in comments, and I'm too lazy to type everything out.  I also don't care what you think.  I leave my house with an umbrella when it might rain.  I take a hat and sunscreen if I'm going to be outside all day.  I take my gun with me when I might be attacked.  Why do you care?  I don't care that you don't carry one.  I've never had to use mine and god willing, I won't ever have to.  Seriously.  Why. Do. You. Care?

Actually scratch that.  I don't even want to know the answer.  This story has long since left the front page of news listings, and might as well not exist anymore.  Doubt I'll be back again to read it.

BTW - SafteyFirst, You question is loaded.  Offering a two scenario question where both answers serve to reinforce your position?  How very GOP of you.

Drew
Drew

I get the feeling you don't actually have anything to justify that point...

Guest
Guest

You must watch a lot of action movies.

Joe
Joe

 Drew - I don't plan to make Nicollet safer.   Just me.  Again, you're clearly decided on this issue, as am I.  How's this for statistics?  100% of the people these kids beat the shit out of were not carrying guns.

Drew
Drew

Hey, if you've got the statistics, I'd love to see them. How are you going to make Nicollet safer, Joe?

Joe
Joe

 Not at all.  I could reference loads of statistics that invalidate Drew's argument, but it's clear that I am not going to change his mind, so I am not going to waste my time.

Just as I am not going to waste any more time with your blatant attempts at provocation.

Safetyfirst
Safetyfirst

That sounds like a concession Joe. So do you carry out of fear or is it some Freudian thing about carrying something hard that you can wave at the other boys?

Joe
Joe

 @ Drew - Let's just agree to disagree on that one.   It won't stop me from carrying on Nicollet or anywhere else for that matter.

Drew
Drew

^ maybe that's true, but if you're unexperienced and excited you probably won't aim properly anyway. There's not one good reason that you carrying a gun on Nicollet will make anyone, even you, any safer. Sorry, cowboy.

Joe
Joe

 @ Drew - I would never aim for someone's fracas.

Drew
Drew

Yeah, and if you miss in the fracas and kill some innocent person in the crowd on one of the busiest streets downtown, well, that's just their bad luck. It's your right as an American

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