|Black "teens" rioted in downtown Detroit on Feb. 9. Video here|
City boosters hoped a downtown rampage by a horde of teenagers Saturday night wouldn't dissuade visitors from returning to the city.Nearly 100 teens descended on downtown, picking fights, running into businesses and being chased by police by car and on foot.In all, Detroit police stopped 76 teens ages 14 to 17 and five adults in their 20s, said spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens. Eight teens with outstanding warrants were detained by police.No one was hurt in the incident, which left workers and customers jittery.Stephens said the clash apparently involved some type of dispute or rivalry among neighborhood youths.But residents and community leaders took the brouhaha in stride. "I think those incidents are isolated," said Ida Jackson, of Detroit. "It's not representative of Detroit."The chaos occurred near the Motown Winter Blast, the popular seasonal event at Campus Martius. It wasn't known whether the event had drawn the combatants to the area.But police said none of the disturbance occurred at Winter Blast and didn't affect it.Police didn't boost security for the Blast on Sunday.Representatives for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing would not comment about the commotion or arrests Sunday.Winter Blast producer Jon Witz said the incident didn't seem to affect attendance on Sunday. The three-day event attracted 85,000 people, including 30,000 on Sunday, he said.Malik Shabazz, a community activist who belonged to a gang as a youth, criticized the teens' behavior but said it's a consequence of the plight of city neighborhoods.The neighborhoods have been neglected by city and state leaders, leaving youths with little structure in their lives other than what is provided by troublesome gangs, he said."Children want attention, want structure, want rules," he said. "If they're not getting those things from society, they will act out. The streets will give what their broken families fail to give."The Saturday night disturbance was centered at Michigan and Cass downtown.At one point, teens wearing ski masks entered American Coney Island on Lafayette and began smacking customers and tossing chairs, according to broadcast reports by WDIV (Channel 4) on Saturday night.A restaurant worker called police, who responded in large numbers."Things happen. It's one of those things," restaurant owner Grace Keros told The Detroit News. "We're fortunate no one got hurt."
A Detroit man says his business is being held hostage by a group of teenagers who continually loiter inside and out of his gas station.
"There's a lot of good people around here," said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren't coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city's west side.
"This is a Bad Crew gas station," said one teen loitering out front on Tuesday. When asked what that meant, he said, "If you don't know, I can't even tell you."
Surveillance video obtained by FOX 2 shows as many as a dozen teens hanging out inside the store, smoking cigarettes, sitting on countertops and even spitting into sinks.
The owner says as many as 40 teens can be hanging out in front of the station at any time. "Destroying my store. Destroying my business," said the owner.
Detroit Police Commissioner John F. Nichols told a Congressional hearing that politics, a “vocal minority” and in part, newspaper headline writers were responsible for unfavorable publicity aimed at his controversial STRESS (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets) anti-crime unit.Commissioner Nichols told the selected Committee on Crime STRESS has been the target of sharp criticism and favorable comment, by people in and out of Detroit.STRESS has become a cause célèbre, a nationwide symbol. It’s good news copy and the press is capitalizing on it, Nichols testified. He said, “Most of the stories are fair when you get past the headlines, but most people are headline readers.”A number of headlines written since the inception of the special plain-clothes tactical squad in January 1971 have involved police killings.Nichols remarks promoted quick comment by US Rep. John Conyers Jr. , D-Michigan, who while not on the crime panel was invited to take parat (sic) in the questioning of Detroit police officials by acting committee chairman Charles Rangel, D-New York.Conyers point out that Detroit has the highest ratio of police caused fatalities to civilian population anywhere in the country. He also challenged the commissioner’s statement that a “vocal minority has been critical of STRESS.”The Detroit Democrat cited the actions of courts, a bar association, an association of black police officers, civil rights groups and the murder indictment as justifiable criticism beyond the scope of a “vocal minority.”… Chief Nichols defended the STRESS unit as a “viable” force to reduce the street crime. He pointed to “nearly a 15 percent reduction in robbery: which he attributed to the unit.He also contended that the public response was overwhelmingly favorable. He said, many favorable comments came from black citizens who were the most frequent victims of street crime.
The black heirs of white civilization in Detroit lacked the ability to maintain or sustain civilization there, and instead created "ruin porn" and a community with conditions normally reserved for the third world.