It was apparently after a Memphis, Tennessee high school football game when a large group of black teenagers decided to mob together and terrorize a neighborhood. One resident stated that had she been armed, there would have been a lot of dead kids that night. It must have been pretty bad.
She said when she and her daughter were driving down Bellevue Street, about twenty kids got on top of her car, and were stomping on it and banging on the windows trying to break them, while about forty other kids surrounded her car. She said they were all just having a really good time, but that she feared for her life.
[Resident Sharon] Mourning reported seeing the teenagers beat an elderly man and another teenager, “I actually looked at the child. His face was bleeding. You know they had done beat him.”
Police confirm a 55-year-old man and a 16-year-old were assaulted in the area at that time.
This is how the Memphis Police responded to the incident:
“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.”
Raising kids who behave like animals shouldn’t be the police’s job. But whoever raised these kids (or didn’t raise them) have made it the police’s job to execute harsh crowd control the next time this happens. And then everyone’s going to complain about police brutality.
Look, I think police brutality is a serious issue, but only when the objects of the police brutality are innocent. I’m not condoning whatever tactics the police are going to use at this high school’s next football game to prevent these kids from acting like a bunch of animals that got loose from the zoo. But their parents, especially the fathers who have probably moved on somewhere else to start a few other families, are really to blame for this. These kids of course bear much of the responsibility, but if they had been raised by a mom and a dad in even a semi-stable family, this wouldn’t happen, and there’d be no need to call the police on your incorrigible kids.