A Memphis mob – once again made up of dozens of rabid teens on a senseless warpath – hit the streets near Central High School on Bellevue Blvd. in downtown Memphis last Friday. The surging mob of teens flooded into the streets, attacked pedestrians, tossed bricks at cars and even clambered atop the vehicles of terrified motorists who were forced to stop in the streets.
Writes CBS affiliate station WREG.com out of Memphis on Sept. 28: “Three teens have been cited by Memphis police after a mob of teenagers attacked several people Friday night. Police said a large group of teens flooded the streets near Central High School Friday just before 10:00 p.m.”
The attack is the second mob-like assault by juveniles within a month. Just over three weeks ago, another group of teens converged at a Kroger parking lot in East Memphis and viciously beat a number of customers and employees at random.
On Sept. 8, we brought you that story:
Memphis teens mob: Watch black Memphis teens ferociously attack Kroger workers
One of those attacked Friday was Sharon Mourning, who was riding with her young daughter down Bellevue Blvd. She was able to remain protected inside of her car, and managed to call police. Others however were attacked and beaten.
“So we (were) just driving and all of a sudden all of the kids ran into the middle of the street,” Mourning recounted. “All of a sudden, just about 20 kids are on top of my car with about 40 more kids around my car and they kicking, they stomping, they jumping, you know they hitting the windows.”
Mourning said the incident terrified her; had she been armed, she said she would have felt justified to use a weapon to protect herself.
“Had I had been armed we would have had a lot of kids laying in the Bellevue street that night,” she said, adding that if she were to talk to her attackers, she would say, “I’m in fear of my life knowing what you guys do… Memphis is going to burn if they don’t control these children.”
Mourning described the assault she witnessed of a 55-year-old motorist who honked at the crowd of teens milling about the street. The teens converged on the man and beat him through the window of his car. Another teenager, 16, who was in the area was attacked and beaten as well.
“They had done bricked his car, stomped his car, did the same thing,” Mourning explained. Of the teen, Mourning said, “I actually looked at the child. His face was bleeding. You know they had done beat him.”
Memphis police were able to identify only three of the teens – all 17 year olds – but are asking that anyone with additional information to step forward and contact police. The three identified juveniles were given summons and ordered to return to face potential charges.
Memphis PD Director Toney Armstrong released the following statement:
“Several juvenile summons were issued by MPD in connection with these incidents; however, these investigations are ongoing. Due to these incidents occurring after a high school football game, I will be reaching out to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelby County School District to ensure these school events have adequate law enforcement present. It is also imperative that parents and guardians become more engaged in their children’s day to day activities. Parental supervision is crucial to reducing delinquent behavior; we have got to get our parents more involved with what is going on in the lives of our children.”
Adds NewsMax on Sept. 29:
Memphis’ sky-high levels of violent crime contributed to making Tennessee the most dangerous state in America in 2012, and while the city’s schools have improved somewhat since the “dropout factory” days of 2002, Memphis students’ high school graduation rate was barely above 70 percent in 2013.
Memphis has a history of violent crimes. In a 2012 ranking by Forbes, Memphis was named the second-most dangerous U.S. city, behind Detroit. Last year, Tennessee also earned a separate distinction as the most dangerous state.
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