|Black crime plagues Charlotte; 4th of July fireworks require massive police presence|
In Trussville, police responded earlier this summer to a possible flash mob -- a group that rapidly gathers in a planned location usually with the help of text messaging or social media. About 60 to 80 teenagers converged on the city's Walmart, said police chief Don Sivley.
"They were getting out of hand, there were some food fights, things like that," Sivley said. "The store called us to back them up while they tried to get them out of the store. We think it might have been a flash mob, but we don't know for sure."
In Bessemer, numerous fights among juveniles temporarily cleared Alabama Adventure on June 6, as law enforcement agencies restored order. Officials said a marketing promotion for $10 tickets that day had brought in juveniles who were not being supervised by a parent or other adult. The theme park discontinued that promotion.
In Fairfield, police have noticed that parents drop off children at the malls and movie theaters, said Beverly Hardy, deputy chief. She said she has seen children as young as 10 and 11 at Western Hills Mall.
"They drop them off and leave them with no supervision," she said. "When the mall is getting ready to close, half the time you can't find the parents."
Many cities have turned to youth curfews and other ordinances to help control potential trouble. Fultondale passed an ordinance prohibiting loitering in the city's largest shopping complex. Birmingham, under the direction of former Mayor Larry Langford, adopted a strict youth curfew that holds parents responsible with penalties and possible jail time.
Birmingham's crime situation is entirely a Black problem and Lisa Osburn - the writer of this story - has the audacity to juxtapose white kids hanging out with stories of Alabama Adventure being shutdown due to Black violence.
That curfew caught Birmingham's Ariel Jones, 20, off guard a few weeks ago when she was out with her 17-year-old sister. The family recently moved from Indiana and was unaware of the youth curfew.
"She went to juvenile (detention) for a night," Jones said of her younger sister. "It was late, around 12 or 1. But she was just out walking and she was with me. We were going to a party."
Jones questions the need for such a strict curfew, but Brandon Knight, 19, her co-worker at the YMCA's Youth Center, said he does not.
Knight, a Samford University student, grew up in Birmingham under the curfew.
"Have you watched The First 48?" he asked, referencing an A&E television show that followed Birmingham homicide detectives. "I completely understand why there is a curfew."
Knight said it would be nice if each case could be handled differently, based on the maturity of the child, but that is impossible with Birmingham's crime situation.
This story serves as a reminder why major newspapers across the nation are dying and losing subscriptions. The First 48 is a television show that has been called 'racist' because, invariably, almost every criminal that police and detectives go after are Black. In Birmingham, this is obvious with crime being a monochromatic problem that no attempt to connect white suburban kids with Bama Bangs to these problems can change.
Curfews are only needed because Black parents rarely care about the whereabouts of their children (Black fathers 72 percent of the time have no time to care about their offspring) and these kids rarely care about abiding by the law.
Such is life in Black-Run America (BRA) and having PWJs write stories that try and connect law-abiding white kids with the criminal actions of Black people is despicable.
Not to be outdone but Charlotte is another city where Black violence is making life difficult for the law-abiding, with massive security needed to ensure the Fourth of July celebration - with many being canceled across the nation - goes of without a repeat of the Black-ruined Speed Street event:
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and police Chief Rodney Monroe say they will increase security and police presence in the uptown area for an Independence Day celebration that could bring 100,000 people into the Center City.
Noting an uptown disturbance that left one person dead in a shooting and dozens arrested during the Food Lion Speed Street event on Memorial Day weekend, Foxx said, "This time, we have an opportunity to show we can do this safely."
Foxx said a group of civilians also will be stationed in uptown and elsewhere in the city Monday evening, to help police in an observer role. But he declined to go into detail, saying more information will be released later today.
During the morning news conference, Monroe said police presence in uptown will be increased considerably, although he would not go into specifics on the number of additional officers on patrol.
"The overwhelming percentage of our officers will be working," the chief said. "But that's not unusual for us on the Fourth of July."
In response to questions about what people can expect to see in the Center City area Monday night, Foxx and other officials said:
Police in large numbers at areas that typically draw crowds -- the Transit Center, the Trade-College street intersection, and the route from Memorial Stadium to the square.
More use of the police towers to observe crowds; and additional surveillance cameras in use across the uptown area.
Use of police support -- school security officers, undercover police, and the Civil Emergency Unit.
Limited access by pedestrians to the Transit Center. Only the 4th Street side will be open, and bicycle racks will be installed to limit access.
Strict police enforcement of the curfew law.
The big draw Monday night will be the annual holiday program at Memorial Stadium and subsequent fireworks display. A large number of arrests followed the event several years ago, but July 4th celebrations have been generally trouble-free in recent years. The Speed Street disturbance, blamed by police and city officials on large numbers of young males, some of them 11 or 12 years old, led authorities to review plans for Monday night.
"I think our plan worked pretty well on Memorial Day weekend," Monroe said. But he added that police will increase their efforts to prevent large groups from congregating on sidewalks.
"When you get five or six people congregating on a sidewalk, it forces others to walk into the street to get around them," Monroe added. "Our goal is not to arrest everyone. But we will keep people moving."
Foxx and Monroe said parents and other custodians of teens will play a key role in the effort to keep the uptown celebration safe.
"We are really, really, really depending on parents to make sure they are in control of their children -- especially those 12 to 13 -- who are allowed to go uptown," Foxx said.
Monroe added, "Parents need to know where their kids are -- and what they're doing."
When told by a reporter that some Charlotte-area residents wouldn't "touch uptown with a 10-foot pole," Foxx responded, "What you're hearing today is a commitment from these individuals (public safety and Charlotte Area Transit System) to provide a safe and fun holiday celebration."
Foxx said he knows the reaction of area residents to the Speed Street troubles shows that some fissures exist in the city.
"I believe our community has some conversations that are needed," he said. "Any time an incident occurs in a common space, such as uptown, it raises concerns.
"But right now, we are focusing on having a good Fourth of July weekend celebration. There will be time for the conversations later."