Suspects sought in Laurelhurst Park mob attacks
Investigators are searching for dozens of teens reportedly involved in mob assaults on two consecutive nights in a Southeast Portland park.
The Portland Police Bureau reports that a little after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, responding officers found several groups of teens roaming the park. As they were telling the teens to clear out, a witness directed them to a 14-year-old boy who had sustained facial injuries in an alleged attack.
The boy told police that he was with a friend when a group of African American teens approached him, beat him up, and stole his cell phone, iPod, headphones and hat. While police found no other victims, witnesses alleged that a group of five to 10 African American teens were deliberately seeking out and attacking white teens, and also assaulted a transient.
He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, officers again responded to the park, where they found three men who claimed they had been attacked by a group of 20 to 30 African American teens. The men, ages 22, 23, and 26, said they were at the tennis courts when a group nearby began throwing bottles onto the courts, and then approached them and instigated a fight. Two of the men suffered facial injuries, but declined medical attention.
‘In hindsight, being in a public park at night is not the safest place’
“As they came onto the court, it became clear it was time to get out of there,” one of the victims told KATU. “In hindsight, being in a public park at night is not the safest place to begin with.”
Portland Police officers plan on stepping up patrols in the park this weekend. The park will also close at 10 p.m. through the weekend instead of the normal midnight closing time.
Yeah, so? Until now, it wasn’t illegal to be in a Portland park between sunset and midnight, mob assaults are illegal.
Let me try to un-fuck up your mind: It’s not your fault, it’s their fault. And yes, slappy, black people can be at fault for something. It’s not all the fault of slavery.
Oregon was one of the few states in the union whose white men voted majority Obama in 2008. That should explain a lot.