Minneapolis mob beatings: With downtown on edge, police increase patrols [MAP]

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Sgt. McCarty: "There's always been cases where unsuspecting victims have been attacked."
As news of another mob beating circulated yesterday -- the seventh in downtown Minneapolis since February 3 -- we heard from a lot of people increasingly concerned about their safety when out and about downtown in the evening.

All seven attacks have occurred after 7:30 p.m., with four happening before 9:45 p.m.

Reached for comment this morning, Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department said officers have increased downtown patrols in hopes of preventing an eighth attack.

"We have more patrols, particularly on Nicollet and Hennepin, after dark until about 1 or 2 in the morning," McCarty said.

More patrols can't hurt, but they aren't a surefire way to prevent another beating. On March 23 two bikers traveling down Nicollet Avenue were attacked by a mob of young people while stopped at Fifth Street. A Fox 9 report suggested the attack happened right in front of officers who were watching a group of men at a bus stop at the intersection -- a suggestion McCarty denies.
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Antonio Dewayne Jones, 20, is thus far the only adult arrested in connection with the mob beatings.

The March 23 attack "didn't happen right in front of police," McCarty said. "They watched it unfold from a distance." A number of juveniles and an adult were arrested after officers gave chase.

In addition to increased patrols, police are also analyzing video from downtown security camera systems to gather whatever information they might contain about suspects. McCarty said police don't presently have plans to release any footage, but will go public if they think doing so could help them identify suspects.

In addition, Minneapolis police have started pushing the idea of implementing an earlier downtown curfew to get groups of youths off the streets by 8 p.m. Currently, 15- to 17-year-olds can be on the streets unsupervised until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends.

The earlier curfew would apply only to Nicollet and Hennepin Avenues. Hennepin hasn't been the site of any of the attacks, while four have taken place along Nicollet Mall. Two took place a block east of Nicollet on Marquette while the other happened near the intersection of Fourth and Second in northwest downtown.
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Police want an earlier curfew along Nicollet Mall, site of four of the attacks.

To become law, the proposal would have to be approved by the City Council. McCarty said he's not sure when council will get around to considering the earlier curfew, but added, "if [council] is going to do it, I would imagine it'd be in place by summer."

The curfew proposal "is in the very early stages," McCarty said. Calls to council members Lisa Goodman, who represents downtown, and Don Samuels, chair of the council's public safety committee, weren't immediately returned. A staffer later called to say Samuels is out of town for the week.

McCarty, a 21-year veteran of the MPD, said that throughout his tenure, "there's always been cases when unsuspecting people have been attacked." He acknowledged, however, that the recent string of mob beatings is abnormal.

"It's not anything new, but we have seen a slight increase," McCarty said.

Here's a map depicting the locations of all seven downtown mob attacks. Click the placemarks for each attack's location along with a brief synopsis of what happened:
View Minneapolis 'Flash Mob' Beatings Map in a larger map

Previous coverage:
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim details "sudden" attack on Saturday night, March 31
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Police want earlier downtown curfew
-- 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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Greg
Greg

St Patrick's day a couple was attacked by a mob on Hennepin Avenue, when the contacted the police, the police refused to take a report as the couple could not identify the 20-30 people who attacked them.  Said it would be a waste of their time.

Asdsmn
Asdsmn

I am SO sick of hearing the RACE card BS!  This is about a bunch of low life pukes that need to get the same treatment handed back to them (Give them a BEAT DOWN) - When i was a kid growing up in So Mpls - if any of us kids in our neighborhood screwed up - when the cops caught up with us - here is how they handled our punishment - they drove us down to the River - in handcuffs - they dragged our sorry asses out to the shore - white sands - then they threw us down on the ground - one was reading us the "riot act" telling us that we will end up in prison and be some big guys bitch, and the other was kicking us in the ribs - gut, legs- and yes, sometimes family jewels.  I am not exaggerating this.... while the one was telling us how rotten we were - he was kicking sand in our face - in our mouths our eyes, we were breathing it in..... well, I for one out of my group of dummies - did listen to the lesson!  I took the beating, and i never had it done to me again - by the way when they were done - they un hand cuffed us  and left us laying there crying our eyes out, and gave us a very serious warning - if they ever catch us doing it again - the beating would be much worse - i was 13 at the time - it was bad enough.  Anyway, as i said this taught me to straighten up my act.  I am almost 50 now - i own and operate 3 businesses, and i have never been in prison - im far from perfect - but, sometimes violence solves everything!  By the way - one of my businesses is I am a close combat martial arts instructor. 

mel
mel

Happened to my husband and I on St. Patrick's Day.  Someone just punched my husband in the face and pushed me.  Started to attack us, but I screamed so loud they ran.  No interactions with the group, very violent & very random.  People across the street told us 2 Minneapolis squad cars drove by without stopping to help.  A cop finally showed up & acted like we were wasting her time.  No description- happened too fast and it was dark.  We used to enjoy going to dinner and getting a hotel room downtown.  Not anymore.

Art Fargo
Art Fargo

I'm putting together a platoon of retired Mpls cops. All from the 60's and 70' and 80's Moby Dick's, Mousey's and Carousel days. The streets will be safe in about 2.5 seconds.

qdw
qdw

What seems to be missing from this discussion is the fact that large groups of blacks are targeting whites simply because they are white. If the roles were reversed we would have the justice dept. investigating these matters as hate crimes and there would be protests all over the city and the country. The hypocrisy is astounding.  

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

These punks have no reason to be downtown.  They should stay in Crooklyn Dark and North Mpls.

Dave
Dave

Shoot first, pay legal damages later.

612forLife
612forLife

Since Minneapolis police cannot handle this problem, I think it's time to get a civilian force together to patrol downtown.

Jody
Jody

As long as black, uneducated, unemployed men (Thugs; {ebonics: Thugz}) continue to impregnate black, uneducated, unemployed women (Whores; {ebonics: Hoes, Bitches}) creating ignorant, uneducated children (Welfare babies {ebonics: chirrins, "Mama's Money Maker" (which can also refer to her vagina)}) and the subsequent lack of parenting skills, this problem will only continue.

The kids who are committing these deplorable crimes are not coming from parents who are too busy working on their PhD. thesis in Astrophysics or Biology to mind their kids.  They are coming from ghetto trash filth who view their penises and vaginas as nothing more than a potential EBT card.  

You want to get at the source of the problem?  ELIMINATE WELFARE AS WE KNOW IT.  If you can't afford to take care of a child (or in these situations, multiple children) and if you do not have the parenting skills to raise a child, THEN CLOSE YOUR MOTHERFUCKING LEGS.

It is NOT my responsibility to pay for your goddamn children that you cannot afford to support.  STOP WELFARE NOW. This will erase the fucking problem in a goddamn nanosecond.  Once these baby-making-factory whores learn that there will be no more EBT to support their habit, they'll leave the state, making Minneapolis and Minnesota in general a safer place to live and raise a family.

I am SO FUCKING SICK OF THIS SHIT.  And the worst part?  It is white, fucking Liberals in this state who encourages this behavior.

NiagaraFallsOntario
NiagaraFallsOntario

Yes, they are black kids with huge chips on their shoulders and an even bigger entitlement complex.  Don't give me the racism bullshit theory: these kids were born in what, 1995-96?  Nobody was blocking them from entering schools, nobody was burning crosses in their front lawns.  They want to know what oppression and racism felt like?  They need to ask those who came of age 40-50 years ago.  How dare these kids use that excuse while the elders who lived through it have worked very hard for very little, yet have been able to provide for their kids and find a simple place to live.  This new generation feels that what's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine too, since you don't deserve it.  And now the girls are just as bad as the boys.  I don't know the solution.  I NEVER thought I'd say this, but enrolling in a firearms safety course and obtaining a permit isn't a bad idea.  I think once you learn HOW to use a firearm and have enough training to know when it's time to use one, you are in a much more confident place mentally to be downtown (or wherever).  For years I have hated guns, but I am starting to see that these kids are the urban equal of trailer trash.  They will tie you up and make you watch while they rape your wife or mother.  They care about nothing besides killing people, taking your money, and stealing your car.  Let's look at their communities where 24 year olds are grandmothers.  Getting laid, to them, is some form of 'now you're an adult'.  Sick. What bothers me the most is the absence of ANY family values in this community, yet the religious assholes don't dare to bring this up.  Any predominant black church typically has few to no married couples, just recently released prisoners putting on their 'Hooray for Jesus' spiel and women who've had 5 different babies with 5 different men before the age of 30; many of whom are on disability/SSI for some phoney condition such as ADHD, TBI, 'explosive personality disorder' - anything they can lie about and make some ridiculous claim in order to get free money since they've used up their 5 years on welfare.  Meanwhile their kids, falsely labeled as disabled, now have a belief that they'll never amount to much since they're labeled as 'disabled'.  Mom doesn't care because that's an extra check in her pocket that prevents her from getting a goddamn job.  These churches, for all their family values bullshit, don't say a word about the thievery and con artistry amongst it's very congregation.  Shame. 

So what should people do?  I hope you refuse to let these cockroaches of society intimidate you to the point where they ruin your summer plans downtown.  You have to protect yourself. As much as I disagree with what's gone on in Florida, I do think there comes a time where it's either your life at risk or some worthless piece of shit's life.  Personally?  I'm going home at the end of the night.  I don't give two flying f&cks what happens to these pieces of garbage if they mess with me or the people I care about - people who are productive, WORKING citizens who take pride in their city.  Just tellin' it like it is. 

Jody
Jody

Where are these kids' parents?

Oh wait..........LOL!!!

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Can those who conceal and carry please arrange a meeting downtown and simple walk through the area?

Northloop
Northloop

The police have not been doing their jobs downtown in quite some time and that is one of the reasons this is happening. These kids know they will get away with it.

Jody
Jody

But look at the bright side:  These kids are the future of America!!!

Jody
Jody

Is this St. Louis?

amiller92
amiller92

Further restrictions on the civil rights (of free moment and association) of young people are not the answer to this problem.  More effective policing and planning are.

The bus stops that are currently in the relatively secluded confines of the Nicollet Mall should be moved to Hennepin and Marquette, where there are more traffic, more people, more activity and more police patrols.  As is, it's difficult to tell who is loitering and who is just waiting for a bus.  

stevedave
stevedave

Is anyone else amused by the horribly misplaced ad for Sears' "Flash Deals" at the bottom of the page??  Awwwwwkward.

OZ
OZ

This is a law enforcement problem; you can't manage hate, racism, stupidity, barbarism, or any of the other reasons these idiots are beating people.  What you can manage is the consequences of violence and the way you react to it.  We all know curfews mean very little.  The police need to get tough and responsive.  HOW MANY stories have we read about police using a taser against some kid at sporting event or egregious violence against someone who was just involved in a minor misunderstanding with an officer? Tasers, rubber bullets, and batons should be used in a situation like this, not in some mundane incident where it's simply easier to use a "non-lethal weapon" than subduing someone by hand.  

I understand that officers worry about having weapons drawn on them during situations like these, but it's their job to make sure these people are taken off the streets of Minneapolis.  Law enforcement needs to step up, it's not difficult to patrol these areas and if these criminals start getting tased and arrested I bet we will stop worrying about mob beatings.

Law enforcement should be ashamed that TEENAGERS are beating innocent people on the streets they are sworn to protect.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Greg  That does sound like a waste of time.  if you can't identify your attacker(s) how will they find and prosecute them?

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Asdsmn  That sounds terrible, and very un-American, especially done against a young boy.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 to be fair they are attack non-black people.  Where is the black community speaking out here?  It just amazes me what is going on.  The filthy vermin need to stopped.  The parents and these thugs needs to be held accountable.  Maybe the state should pass a bill to prevent people getting benefits should they or there kids be arrested and found guilty of a crime.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 I agree - it would take a few people who have a permit to totally make these scum think twice.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Let's be honest, they are impregnating all races. I've never seen a culture so oblivious to their own accountability.  Whilst I support welfare, we need to make it more qualified to help more people in need and not as a crutch.  It's pretty simple.  If you have a kid and you can't support it or pay for it you get benefits if you are sterilized.  Both male and females.I would not blame the liberals - I would blame the culture.  Maybe this is less race specific and more class specific?

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

I'm even sicker of Lawrence Wajda, the white fireman who wasted my tax dollars bringing  meth in the firehouse when he wasn't selling it out of his home.  Where were your comments on that article?  Or were you too busy looking for someone else to sell you your Suboxone...?

Jody
Jody

Oh and I would like to correct you.  It is no longer called Welfare.  It is called EBT: Entitlement Benefits Transfer.

Jody
Jody

Your words are racist!!

LOL!!!!!!

Joe
Joe

 No.  If you go looking for trouble, you're the one who gets in trouble.  IE: If I am downtown and get attacked and use my gun to defend myself, I'll still be arrested, but at least I have a defense. 

If I go downtown with my gun hoping to be attacked so I can use it, I am guilty of a crime and will be prosecuted as such.  AS IT SHOULD BE.  Anyone leaving their house with a gun and hoping for a chance to use it should be locked up.  *cough cough...Zimmerman..cough*

Jody
Jody

No, the answer to this problem is sewing up the welfare mamas so they can't reproduce anymore.

Joe
Joe

Bullshit.  So everyone else has to accommodate the minors that want to bum around downtown at night?  Why?  What business do they have there?  There not allowed into most businesses that are still open that late, and they SHOULD have a parent or guardian with them if there is a legitimate reason for them being there.

amiller92
amiller92

I wanted to say, "tell 'em, Steve Dave!" but you didn't earn it.  Please try harder ;)

Casudd
Casudd

I agree 100% (as seen above). I see PLENTY of speed traps set up around town to hit those monthly quotas, and heaven forbid those noisy Occupy Wall Street college kids get out of hand -- you'll defintiely see the pepper spray and batons come out then, for sure -- but when it comes to protecting and serving against roving gangs terrorizing and nearly killing those of us who are simply trying to live our day-to-day lives or enjoy a night out downtown, WHERE ARE THE COPS???

And the funny thing is -- these little thugs KNOW the police are scared of them! They're winning! The Minneapolis police department should be ASHAMED.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Of course the negative traits you mentioned can be managed. We are currently being socially engineered to live out those same negative traits. Culture is killing us.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@JonnyBeGood  There already is a law on the books for that already. It only is in regards to felonies and drug offenses 

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

'They' are impregnating all races LOLOLOLOL that's hilarious.  That really can't happen unless a female of another race is on the receiving end.  Is that why you have so much time to type comments on this forum.......no one's interested in YOU like that? Hmmm.

But seriously folks.  I actually AGREE with JBG that it's more class-specific than race-specific.  And since it was perfectly legal to deny black folk an education, or a job, or a decent house in a neighborhood they could afford to live in until the late 1960s, a disproportionate number of African-Americans were left behind.  The carrot and stick  needs to be spent on education if you ask me.  If the welfare benefits started dropping when your kids GPA drops under at least, say 2.0?  Holy fill-in-the-name-of-your-favorite-deity.  I'd LOVE to see that.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 I hardly find a one bad case to be representative of white fireman.  Now let me take low class black people.  Many of them are thugs.  These attacks are not a single case, but sporadic enough to suggest the black community has an issue.

Jody
Jody

Well, at least Wajda didn't threaten the safety of innocent people just walking around downtown....unlike YOUR people. I didn't hear of him threatening and harassing and assaulting people downtown. No, only YOUR people do this.  Lawrence may be scum, but at least he didn't kill people.....unlike YOUR race of people.  Why don't you go and suck Al Sharptons cock and scream "racism".  Fucking loser    

amiller92
amiller92

And even if it was good policy to simply restrict the movement of innocent people in order to also hinder those who may have bad intentions, what reason is there to think a curfew would be effective?  Do you think kids who decide to randomly beat people are likely to respect curfew?  Do you think cops who aren't around to stop beatings are going to be around to perfectly enforce a curfew?

amiller92
amiller92

I wasn't aware that in the United State people were required to "have business" somewhere to be outside their homes.

gagu
gagu

 I really doubt that the police are afraid of these punks. If anything, they might back off from using the needed aggression because of clowns like you guys being so quick to criticize ANY actions they take. Take strong action and they're racist thugs, over-reacting. Take half-measures and they're racist, lazy cowards. I love how couch-potato Oz is talking rubber bullets on one hand as needed, then complains about "mundane" arrests being affected by tasers when using hands would be better. Oz needs to go back to the land of. He doesn't have a clue about the rules of force that police have to follow, making split second decisions. And when did it come out that curfews are ineffective? Either a mistake or a lie. They work wonders.   

The Ghost of Mississippi
The Ghost of Mississippi

Obvious to me that these are HATE CRIMES committed by blacks against whites, the press and the PO-lice are to chicken shit to call a SPADE a SPADE. The MFrs that try to Flash Mob me better be wearing Kevlar.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

We def live in a racist system. Only instead of slaves, black people are now plantation workers. I’m still not sure if they are oblivious to this, or if they just don't care. Either way, if black people don't want to be the dregs of society and white people don't want so much crime, we've got to get them off the system. Continully accepting hand outs is de–humanizing.

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

What black community?  You mean, like the blue-eyed community, right?  Or the brunette community?  There's no such thing.  People that very vaguely resemble aren't a community.  Pull your head from your ass.

Stacey Ziegler
Stacey Ziegler

Abdul, did you steal, rob ? How did you afford a house ?

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

Nah.  I'll go home from my job to a house and neighborhood you can't afford to live in.  Unlike you, my neighbors don't live on aid.  Nor do I.

And that's what drives you the craziest...the black folks who live better than you do.  Glad to be of service *snork*

gagu
gagu

 amiller92: The reason to think curfews would be effective is because they have usually been effective in the past. Yes, a good percentage of the little thugs do, most of the time, respect curfews. When they don't, they are subject to several legal options, from being sent out of the area to a ticket and their retrieval by their parents. It also works during the day for truancy. Without an ordinance, the police are put in a tough spot. Like you commented earlier, it can be difficult to determine intentions. "Do you think cops who aren't around to stop beatings are going to be around to perfectly enforce a curfew?" Not a fair question. Nothing can be PERFECTLY enforced. With even a weakly enforced curfew, the numbers of potential trouble makers on the street decrease markedly. That allows police to focus on potential trouble.  As it is, they can only watch groups who are loitering. Guess what, oftentimes there are more groups moving around than there are cops to watch them. If you want to stop the "further restrictions on the civil rights (of free moment and association) of young people", fine. Make the argument. But don't then go and put the blame on the police when those freedoms result in innocent people falling victim to violence.

simong02
simong02

Hey remember that one time a crime happened? I mean, like, why do we even have laws?

Casudd
Casudd

Hold on there, amiller92! Let's not be too quick to hate on Sgt. McCarty's brilliant curfew idea!

After all, the curfew would cover TWO WHOLE STREETS downtown (one of which hasn't even had an attack reported...yet)...AND would be implemented at night (even though some of the attacks happened in broad daylight)...AND wouldn't even go into effect until "summer" (Late-May? July? Late-August? WHO KNOWS?) 

So yeah -- this curfew plan is TOTALLY gonna work, you just wait and see!

amiller92
amiller92

And you think the cops who are stopping and escorting home the 16 year old who's just trying to get the bus home from his job are going to also be available to prevent other kids from doing violence?

A new curfew just seems to direct resources in the wrong direction.  It assumes the problem is kids out at night rather than kids being violent when left in unsupervised groups in relative seclusion.  

And I take your point that this would give cops an excuse that is currently unavailable to them to treat every young person as a suspect, but I cannot see that as a good thing in a free society.

amiller92
amiller92

You're absolutely right that there is clear precedent that the courts agree that this sort of curfew is constitutional.  I'm not sure the courts are right on that, but my view is irrelevant.

But it's also irrelevant to whether it should be done whether it can be done.

Joe
Joe

 It would give police an opportunity to stop anyone who was breaking curfew and escort them to their homes and possibly cite them for it.

Right now they don't have probably cause, and stopping anyone would have someone screaming "profiling" in a nanosecond.

Joe
Joe

 Minors DO.  And there are multiple instances of clear legal precedent.

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