The Flash Mob Phenomenon

The Flash Mob Phenomenon

You have to admit it’s getting worser, a littler worser, all the time…

Witnesses describe mobs, some people claim racially-charged attacks

5 August 2011

WEST ALLIS – Witnesses tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY’S TMJ4 of a mob of young people attacking innocent fair-goers at the end of the opening night of State Fair, with some callers claiming a racially-charged scene.

Milwaukee Police confirmed there were assaults outside the fair.

Witnesses’ accounts claim everything from dozens to hundreds of young black people beating white people as they left State Fair Thursday night.

Authorities have not given official estimates of the number of people involved in the attacks.

“It looked like they were just going after white guys, white people,” said Norb Roffers of Wind Lake in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ.  He left the State Fair Entrance near the corner of South 84th Street and West Schlinger Avenue in West Allis.

“They were attacking everybody for no reason whatsoever.”

“It was 100% racial,” claimed Eric, an Iraq war veteran from St. Francis who says young people beat on his car.

“I had a black couple on my right side, and these black kids were running in between all the cars, and they were pounding on my doors and trying to open up doors on my car, and they didn’t do one thing to this black couple that was in this car next to us.  They just kept walking right past their car.  They were looking in everybody’s windshield as they were running by, seeing who was white and who was black.  Guarantee it.”

Eric, a war veteran, said that the scene he saw Thursday outside State Fair compares to what he saw in combat.

“That rated right up there with it.  When I saw the amount of kids coming down the road, all I kept thinking was, ‘There’s not enough cops to handle this.’  There’s no way.  It would have taken the National Guard to control the number of kids that were coming off the road.  They were knocking people off their motorcycles.”

Another witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “it was like a scene you needed the National Guard to control.”

“To me, it looked like a scene out of a movie,” claimed the anonymous witness.

“I have not seen anything like this in my life.  It was a huge mob, and it was a fight that maybe lasted one to two minutes.”

Roffers claimed that as he left the state fair with his wife, crowds near that entrance were large, and someone in that crowd .

“As we got closer to the street, we looked up the road, and we saw a quite a bit of commotion going on and there was a guy laying in the road, and nobody was even laying there.  He wasn’t even moving.  Finally a car pulled up.  They stopped right next to the guy, and it looked like someone was going to help him.  We were kind of stuck, because we couldn’t cross.  Traffic was going through.  Young black men running around, beating on people, and we were like ‘Let’s get the heck out of here.’  The light turned, and I got attacked from behind.  I just got hit in the back of the head real hard.  I’m like, ‘What the heck is going on here?’  I heard my bell ring.”

A quite useful website has also cropped up, documenting the various rampages across the country.  You can contact the site’s author here to report more Flashmob violence.

My two main analytical articles on Flashmobs can be read here and here.

Here’s the full list, as of August 5, 2011.

Date City # of Participants Casualties/Damage Source 1 Source 2
8/4/11 Milwaukee  Dozens to Hundreds  Mayhem and multiple assaults at Wisconsin State Fair  http://bit.ly/pe7pAt   
7/31/11 Pittsburgh ~100 Teens causing mayhem and fighting swarm McDonalds, Trader Joe’s, and a Target store http://bit.ly/oHwnRb
7/29/11 Philadelphia 30-40 Teens assault and rob pedestrians, damage property http://bit.ly/phiydX  http://bit.ly/pkr3fz
7/26/11 Winfield, NJ  150  Fighting and arrests at firefighters carnival http://bit.ly/r5H4LT
7/25/11 Washington DC 
4
Victoria’s Secret store in Georgetown looted midday http://bit.ly/q4X9aB
7/23/11 Greensboro, NC Hundreds Man assaulted in park, former mayor’s business vandalized http://bit.ly/qxX2ao
7/23/11 Ottawa, ON  35-40 Convenience store ransacked, $800 in merchandise taken http://bit.ly/pxVico
7/17/11 NYC 5 Assailants assault and rob subway passenger http://nydn.us/pGV1H9
7/16/11 Denver 4-5 Baseball-bat wielding thugs hit couple in the head, rob purse (same M.O. as Denver 6/26 attack) http://bit.ly/piaIve
7/8/11 Redford, MI 15-20 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/pPHI6E
7/7/11 Minneapolis Unknown Mother and daughters assaulted http://cbsloc.al/pC4Plc
7/5/11 Atlantic City 100 15 men fighting, 2 shot http://bit.ly/kdI8kK
7/4/11 Milwaukee 15-20 Two gas station convenience stores ransacked, employees assaulted http://bit.ly/kByzTe
7/3/11 Chicago ~10 Assault with stabbing http://bit.ly/j7KJeI
7/3/11 Bayonne, NJ 13-20 Young man brutally assaulted http://cbsloc.al/o47cPQ
7/?/11 Dallas Dozens Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/nSNizP
6/28/11 Atlanta 30-35 $15k in high end merchandise stolen from Sole boutique http://bit.ly/jeld8h
6/28/11 Fairfield, CA 5 Convenience store robbed, owner assaulted and killed http://bit.ly/pxzfec
6/27/11 San Francisco 4 Teens rob one man of camera, iPod, and bicycle. Twenty minutes later, same teens stab another man and steal his backpack http://bit.ly/mMOnly
6/2611 Denver 4-5 Couple assaulted with baseball bat, stole purse http://bit.ly/piaIve
6/26/11 Cleveland 75-100 Fighting at Coventry Street Arts Festival http://bit.ly/kvEDAC
6/25/11 Washington DC Dozens Fighting after Caribbean Carnival http://bit.ly/kQzui8
6/25/11 Philadelphia 30-40 Several assaulted http://avc.lu/kfzfkd
6/24/11 Peoria 50-70 Mayhem in residential neighborhood http://bit.ly/iF90Gk
6/23/11 Upper Darby, PA 35-50 Sears store ransacked http://bit.ly/mRGI6F http://bit.ly/iRYaLN
6/23/11 St. Louis 5 Teens assault and rob man near MetroLink station http://bit.ly/lGPp0V
6/21/11 Chicago 50 Walgreens store ransacked http://cbsloc.al/jvNdKR
6/20/11 Columbia, SC 8 18 year old brutally assaulted http://bit.ly/kGIMbz
6/18/11 Northern VA 5 Two incidents of robbery + assaults http://wapo.st/nrburY
6/15/11 Kansas City 25-30 Mayhem in residential neighborhood http://bit.ly/jjfGLE
6/15/11 Solon, OH 5 Teens threaten and chase victim after he declines to give them a cigar http://bit.ly/kjvva2
6/15/11 Vancouver, BC  Thousands 140 injured and $5M CAD in property damage after Stanley Cup game http://bit.ly/iMzM4H
6/7/11 Chicago 15 Mob stormed CTA buses, stole electronic devices – Two separate attacks http://bit.ly/jDO6G5 http://bit.ly/mJzlF6
6/6/11 Bessemer, AL Dozens Fighting at amusement park http://bit.ly/jivjIu
6/4/11 Chicago 15-20 Harassing, refusing to let pedestrians go past on sidewalk http://bit.ly/jobY3C
6/4/11 Chicago 15-20 68 year old man robbed while sitting on bench http://trib.in/ixQ6h4
6/4/11 Chicago 15-20 Man robbed of his iPod on bicycle path, then a bicyclist assaulted and robbed of wallet, bike, and iPhone http://trib.in/ixQ6h4
6/4/11 Chicago 15-20 Man assaulted while sitting on his scooter http://bit.ly/kr02x6
5/30/11 Chicago Unknown Fighting, harassing http://bit.ly/myMFQL
5/30/11 Nashville Hundreds Crowd causing mayhem shuts down water park http://bit.ly/mOun2r
5/30/11 Boston <1000 Fighting http://bo.st/iRWcHj
5/31/11 NYC Hundreds Fighting http://bit.ly/linl7A
5/22/11 NYC 15-20 Dunkin Donuts store ransacked http://bit.ly/lZ9zNN http://bit.ly/kFo6D6
5/1/11 Las Vegas 35 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/mRwXRM
4/29/11 Washington DC 20-30 Clothing store robbery http://bit.ly/jXFlaf
4/19/11 Harrisburg 8 Bicyclist assaulted http://bit.ly/raJ0Lo
4/17/11 Atlanta 20-30 Delta employees assaulted on MARTA train http://bit.ly/ikAGM2
4/16/11 Los Angeles Hundreds One man shot on the Venice Beach boardwalk http://lat.ms/jiVnaQ http://bit.ly/lijFQM
4/10/11 Chicago 70 Mayhem at McDonalds http://bit.ly/m8hIse
4/9/11 Rock Hill, SC 8 Group attacks gay man outside of convenience store http://bit.ly/hNJMPs http://bit.ly/pqJykY
4/?/11 Chicago 100 Bicyclists assaulted http://cbsloc.al/iBbeHJ
4/?/11 Washington DC 20-25 Clothing store robbery at Georgetown Tee’s http://bit.ly/ltpjbW
2/28/11 Irvington, NJ 5 High school students attack math teacher http://bit.ly/esw0Ck
2/23/11 St. Paul 30-50 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/hle3CN
2/20/11 Sacramento 6-8 Local news reporter and photographer assaulted http://bit.ly/nxSJhv
2/13/11 South Orange, NJ 500 Mayhem in suburb http://bit.ly/jezO43 http://bit.ly/lJ53Yr
1/26/11 Memphis ~10 Photojournalist assaulted, camera damaged http://bit.ly/gVMEk4
1/21/11 NYC 5 Teenage girls attack Wendy’s cashier after she asks them to behave or leave (they were fighting and throwing food) http://bit.ly/p9kBoV
1/2/11 Milwaukee Dozens Mayhem at Mayfair Mall http://bit.ly/iKX6qX
1/?/11 Chicago 11 The North Face, Filene’s Basement, Express, and AX Armani Exchange store robberies http://bit.ly/ms4Iow http://cbsloc.al/fW8tr2
12/25/10 Bradenton, FL Dozens Marine and wife assaulted at theater http://fxn.ws/hzGn7y
12/3/10 Birmingham 6 Convenience store ransacked, store owners assaulted http://bit.ly/ft4v6y
11/19/10 Seattle 5 Teenage girls attack pregnant girl on bus http://bit.ly/ghb3m2
11/17/10 Madison, WI 4 Teens chase, assault, and rob teenager http://bit.ly/qKHZm0
10/23/10 Buffalo 5 Teens beat and robbed five University of Buffalo students http://bit.ly/qLlzAI
10/9/10 Harrisburg > Dozen Husband, wife, and two friends assaulted near Restaurant Row http://bit.ly/aJIj06
10/?/10 St. Paul 20 BP convenience store ransacked, store clerk assaulted http://bit.ly/mw7qtC (See video at 1:18 mark)
9/24/10 Monroe, OH 5 Teen girls shoplift over $1,600 in merchandise from mall http://bit.ly/raFGFQ
9/23/10 Champaign,IL 4 Man assaulted http://bit.ly/pYgZaq
8/21/10 Des Moines 30-40 Assaults at Iowa State Fairgrounds http://bit.ly/nLXpgY
6/17/10 Cleveland Dozens Fighting at Coventry Street Arts Festival http://bit.ly/deCkQm
6/14/10 Pittsburgh 8 26 year old bicyclist attacked and robbed of backpack http://bit.ly/aWVboi
5/8/10 New Orleans 6 Two men assaulted and robbed near French Quarter http://bit.ly/d2JMTK
4/24/10 Chattanooga 250 Five people shot, no fatalities http://bit.ly/aDHIVN
4/10/10 Kansas City 700-900 Assaults on the Country Club Plaza http://bit.ly/m4XJEQ
4/4/10 NYC >100 Four people shot in Times Square http://nyti.ms/cPhftF
3/2?/10 Cleveland 6-7 Teens pull 73 year old man from car, viciously assault man and passenger http://fxn.ws/9E87bT
3/20/10 Philadelphia <1000 Assaults http://nyti.ms/cnCpXt http://bit.ly/bt6lwi
3/3/10 Philadelphia 50-100 Fighting http://bit.ly/iyJgBF
2/16/10 Philadelphia 150 Macy’s store vandalized http://nydn.us/bxHnj5
1/17/10 Atlanta 9 Three cars stolen, then $50k in jeans stolen during smash-and-grab from Focus Clothing in downtown Atlanta, then another smash and grab at convenience store http://bit.ly/7eQ2hC
1/10/10 Atlanta 4 Smash-and-grab robbery at liquor store http://bit.ly/8KuNtd
12/18/09 Philadelphia 70-100 Assaults http://bit.ly/jRSo5F
12/3/09 Philadelphia 70 30 Asian students assaulted by fellow black students http://bit.ly/o97LIb
9/24/09 Chicago Dozens 16 year old beaten to death with wooden plank http://huff.to/1as9xi
7/4/09 Akron <50 Family assaulted after watching fireworks http://bit.ly/naUKBk
8/1/09 Stockton, CA 20-25 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/nCZ9fm
7/?/09 Stockton, CA 20-25 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/lWehpE http://bit.ly/nCZ9fm
6/6/09 Columbia, MO 7 Man brutally attacked in parking garage http://bit.ly/nVXVc6 http://bit.ly/pbjm0n
5/30/09 Philadelphia >100 One male severely beaten, cars damaged (taxi stolen), convenience store ransacked, other individuals assaulted http://bit.ly/iITxt6
5/20/09 Atlanta 4 For third time in a month, optical store is victimized by smash-and-grab robbery; this time $50K in designer eyeglass frames are stolen http://bit.ly/r7bW1S
5/13/09 Washington DC 9 Clothing store robbery http://bit.ly/2kQQ7
10/26/08 NYC 5 Teens beat and rob subway passenger for iPod and mobile phone http://bit.ly/o8usCw
10/25/08 Seattle 5 Five teens beat beloved Tuba Man to death http://bit.ly/ly7cTv
7/26/08 St. Louis >20 Family of five returning home from airport attacked near MetroLink parking lot http://bit.ly/ohCDcK
6/10/08 Unknown ~100 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/qM2jtf
6/1/08 Mt Clemens, MI 12-20 Group beats man unconscious, assaults another – Later, group robs and assaults man at gas station http://bit.ly/ov9pfW http://bit.ly/nQVbDs
4/14/08 Maywood, IL 5 Chicago women rob clothing store, crash car http://bit.ly/pgbqji
4/?/08 Polk County, FL 8 Teenagers beat up student to post video on MySpace and YouTube http://bit.ly/nD39Q
3/26/08 Philadelphia 5 Five teenagers beat innocent SEPTA passenger, trigger asthma attack which kills him http://fxn.ws/nNTcUA
11/23/07 Tuscon 100 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/pQp3Jn
4/1/06 NYC 4 Teenagers attempt to rob college student, chase him into street where he is hit by a car and killed http://nyti.ms/oShA5F
3/30/05 Columbus 30 Four girls assaulted and verbally accosted http://bit.ly/oE1VXV
9/29/02 Milwaukee 16 Man beaten to death after confronting youngsters who threw an egg at him http://usat.ly/bWiVgG
4/20/02 Santa Clara, CA Dozens Fighting, convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/pphmi2
Unknown Miami Beach 15 Retail store ransacked http://bit.ly/qpI8mc
Unknown Unknown >50 Convenience store ransacked http://bit.ly/pLz2WN
Unknown Unknown 10 Retail store ransacked http://bit.ly/qjhMZw

 

 

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