OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting 'It'

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  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    http://www.ohio.com/news/50172282.html
    Akron police investigate teen mob attack on family By Phil Trexler
    Beacon Journal staff writer
    POSTED: 07:44 p.m. EDT, Jul 07, 2009
    Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.
    But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.
    It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.
    Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.
    The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.
    ''This was almost like being a terrorist act,'' Marshall said. ''And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?''
    They said it started when one teen, without any words or warning, blindsided and assaulted Marshall's friend as he stood outside with the others.
    When Marshall, 39, jumped in, he found himself being attacked by the growing group of teens.
    His daughter, Rachel, 15, who weighs about 90 pounds, tried to come to his rescue. The teens pushed her to the ground.
    His wife, Yvonne, pushed their son, Donald, 14, into bushes to keep him protected.
    ''My thing is,'' Marshall said, ''I didn't want this, but I was in fear for my wife, my kids and my friends. I felt I had to stay out there to protect them, because those guys were just jumping, swinging fists and everything.
    ''I'm lucky. They didn't break my ribs or bruise my ribs. I thank God, they concentrated on my thick head because I do have one. They were trying to take my head off my spine, basically.''
    After several minutes of punches and kicks, the attack ended and the group ran off. The Marshalls' two adult male friends were not seriously hurt.
    ''I don't think I thought at that moment when I tried to jump in,'' Rachel Marshall said. ''But when I was laying on the ground, I was just scared.''
    Marshall was the most seriously injured. He suffered a concussion and multiple bruises to his head and eye. He said he spent five nights in the critical care unit at Akron General Medical Center.
    The construction worker said he now fears for his family's safety, and the thousands of dollars in medical bills he faces without insurance.
    ''I knew I was going to get beat, but not as bad as I did,'' Marshall said. ''But I did it to protect my family. I didn't have a choice. There was no need for this. We should be all getting along. But to me, it seems to be racist.''
    Akron police are investigating. Right now, the case is not being classified as a racial hate crime. There were no other reports of victims assaulted by the group that night.
    The department's gang unit is involved in the investigation, police said.
    ''We don't know if it's a known gang, or just a group of kids,'' police Lt. Rick Edwards said.
    The Marshalls say they fear retaliation at home or when they go outside. They are considering arming themselves, but they're concerned about the possible problems that come with guns.
    For now, they are hoping police can bring them suspects. They believe they can identify several of the attackers.
    ''This makes you think about your freedom,'' Marshall said. ''In all reality, where is your freedom when you have this going on?''
    <hr color="#cccccc" size="1"> Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or ptrexler@thebeaconjournal.com.
    <!-- end printDesc --> <!--endclickprintinclude--> [​IMG] Martin Marshall (right) recounts the attack by a group of teens on himself and his family while they were watching a Fourth of July fireworks display in Firestone Park. His daughter, Rachel Hopson, 15, (left) and wife, Yvonne Marshall, listen. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)
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    Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.
    But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.
    It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.
    Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.
    The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.
    ''This was almost like being a terrorist act,'' Marshall said. ''And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?''
    They said it started when one teen, without any words or warning, blindsided and assaulted Marshall's friend as he stood outside with the others.
    When Marshall, 39, jumped in, he found himself being attacked by the growing group of teens.
    His daughter, Rachel, 15, who weighs about 90 pounds, tried to come to his rescue. The teens pushed her to the ground.
    His wife, Yvonne, pushed their son, Donald, 14, into bushes to keep him protected.
    ''My thing is,'' Marshall said, ''I didn't want this, but I was in fear for my wife, my kids and my friends. I felt I had to stay out there to protect them, because those guys were just jumping, swinging fists and everything.
    ''I'm lucky. They didn't break my ribs or bruise my ribs. I thank God, they concentrated on my thick head because I do have one. They were trying to take my head off my spine, basically.''
    After several minutes of punches and kicks, the attack ended and the group ran off. The Marshalls' two adult male friends were not seriously hurt.
    ''I don't think I thought at that moment when I tried to jump in,'' Rachel Marshall said. ''But when I was laying on the ground, I was just scared.''
    Marshall was the most seriously injured. He suffered a concussion and multiple bruises to his head and eye. He said he spent five nights in the critical care unit at Akron General Medical Center.
    The construction worker said he now fears for his family's safety, and the thousands of dollars in medical bills he faces without insurance.
    ''I knew I was going to get beat, but not as bad as I did,'' Marshall said. ''But I did it to protect my family. I didn't have a choice. There was no need for this. We should be all getting along. But to me, it seems to be racist.''
    Akron police are investigating. Right now, the case is not being classified as a racial hate crime. There were no other reports of victims assaulted by the group that night.
    The department's gang unit is involved in the investigation, police said.
    ''We don't know if it's a known gang, or just a group of kids,'' police Lt. Rick Edwards said.
    The Marshalls say they fear retaliation at home or when they go outside. They are considering arming themselves, but they're concerned about the possible problems that come with guns.
    For now, they are hoping police can bring them suspects. They believe they can identify several of the attackers.
    ''This makes you think about your freedom,'' Marshall said. ''In all reality, where is your freedom when you have this going on?''
     
  2. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    But had it been reversed, and it was a "group" of white kids saying this was a "white" nation, it would have been labeled a hate crime before the cops arrived.

    Too bad someone didn't have a handgun or shotgun handy, that would have stopped the attack quickly and maybe have taken a few of the degenerates out of the gene pool.
     
  3. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    :oops:[dunno] seesaw I really .... really .... shouldn't say this, but I wonder how many of those fine young gentlemen were just misunderstood peaceful muslims. or... followers of the Rev. Jeremah Wright?
     
  4. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    No one needs a high capacity magazine. yeah right. A perfect scenario for an AR with a couple of 30 rd mags or an AK with a 75 round drum.
    I've got no use for a "man" who would let a bunch of punks terrorize his family.
     
  5. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    One of my best friends lives one block from where this happened...She's a professional in this city and grew up there and has spent her whole life there...I know all about it and the "story behind the story" ...

    It's a mess. A real mess, and the Mayor, City Council , etc...don't want to deal with what really happened...I was getting text messages from her when this was going on.

    I really don't want to get in to what she told me, but yes, it is a totally racial thing. And it's out of control...and it's not over yet.

    and that's all I'm going to say about it....if you need/want to know, PM me...

    I just pray my friend is safe, and know that she knows how to take care of herself...
     
  6. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    This is "Harbinger" that we as a nation and a society will face, and because our elected Representatives refuse to deal with reality, the results will be catastrophic.
     
  7. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    A certain segment of the US population now believes that with a Black 'president' in power, THEY have the right to act as they please, with no repercussions. Eventually, there will be a well-deserved backlash - and the city leaders will NOT be able or willing to deal with it.
     
  8. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    And people think me odd for carrying a gun........[freedom]
     
  9. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    Wait until SCOTUS has to rule on whether "Barry Otero" can legally sit as president...
     
  10. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

  11. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '


    seems "this video has been removed by the user", but I'veseen it, it spurred the purchase of a folding century arms wasr double stack7.62x39 and8 mags.

    Uh... "git some!!!!
    " I've got plenty for ya''"[dunno][gun][beat][beat]
     
  12. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    Just got a text message from my friend there...Said "The Saga Continues, and getting worse.."

    http://www.ohio.com/

    http://www.ohio.com/news/top_stories/51253207.html


    Akron attack victims frustrated with police response By Phil Trexler
    Beacon Journal staff writer
    POSTED: 06:16 p.m. EDT, Jul 20, 2009
    All John Alchier could do was sit and pray.
    His call to 911 was put on hold, he said, as he sat in his wheelchair and watched a group of teens pummel his brother and friend.
    Alchier, 40, had a front-row seat as the teens swarmed a family gathering on Girard Street following the June 27 fireworks show at Firestone Park. Helplessness overtook him as he prayed out loud.
    Community leaders are now voicing disgust over the attack, which is an example of the city's ballooning assault rate.
    In police District 6, which includes Firestone Park, reports show that aggravated assaults have more than doubled this year compared with 2008.
    The increase in aggravated assaults is even more dramatic in other areas of the city.
    What happened on Girard Street is also a symbol of Akron's hushed racial tension. The victims are white; their attackers are black.
    The attack has ignited scores of reaction, including a call for justice for the victims by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
    From his view, Alchier said there's more to the story than has been told.
    ''The newspapers and the news is not telling the entire story. No one is,'' Alchier said from his home in Akron.
    Those who witnessed the assault or survived it say this was no isolated incident, and the beatings to Greg Alchier and his friend, Marty Marshall, extended farther than Girard Street that night. A third victim is identified in a police report. More are believed to have been treated for injuries.
    ''This happens every year; it just depends on which street they decide to go up,'' said Greg Alchier, 39, who has attended the neighborhood fireworks show for more than 30 years.
    ''There's always a bunch of kids trying to start fights with people. It happens every year, and nothing's ever done about it. It's just swept under the rug.''
    Case in point, he said: Emergency room personnel at Akron General Medical Center told him that as many as 10 other people were treated for injuries that night after being attacked by a group of teens.
    The Alchier family, who have lived in the Firestone Park neighborhood for about four decades, also expressed frustration over the city's reaction.
    During the assault, John Alchier said, he was placed on hold when he called 911 for police. He has filed a complaint about the call with the department, which said it was investigating.
    Although police say they are investigating the attack, Alchier said last week that no detective has sought his interview.
    ''I think it's completely appalling,'' he said.
    Akron police officials released a statement Friday, saying they are continuing to investigate the attack in an effort to find those responsible.
    ''Citizens of Akron deserve a comprehensive investigation, but not one done for the sake of expediency and at the expense of proper procedures and justice,'' department spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said in the statement.
    Attack recalled

    John Alchier's account of the night matches the recollection of his brother and Marshall, who first spoke of the attack earlier this month.
    The families were outside a Girard Street home after walking from the fireworks show, a decades-old annual event that typically draws as many as 10,000 people to the neighborhood.
    Greg Alchier, who lives in Michigan, was visiting his family's home. Marty Marshall, 39, his wife, Yvonne, and their two children were there as well, about 30 minutes after the last fireworks blast. All were outside when a group of teens crowded the street that leads away from Firestone Park.
    The group of about 30 to 40 teens was in the road, blocking a car.
    ''I kind of had a bad feeling about it. I was just hoping they were going to walk by and not have a problem,'' Greg Alchier said.
    Those hopes faded quickly.
    One teen ran up from behind Greg Alchier, cutting through the yard, and blindsided him with a blow to the head.
    There was no exchange of words leading up to the attack, witnesses said.
    ''I turned around and said, 'What the [expletive],'' Greg Alchier said. ''The next thing I know, one kids yells, 'Oh, you want to fight?' and then there's 15 to 20 of them running at us.''
    Greg Alchier recalls someone from the group of black teens yelling: ''This is our world.''
    Marshall has said he also heard a teen saying: ''This is a black world.''
    As the group continued to fight Alchier, Marshall jumped in and both men found themselves attacked by a growing number of teens.
    Marshall was beaten as he fell to the ground. Greg Alchier fended off teens, trying to help his friend.
    ''Marty's fighting a group of kids. I'm fighting a group of kids, and these kids are just running back and forth between us,'' Greg Alchier said.
    John Alchier said he was frustrated that an injury barred him from helping his brother. He has been paralyzed below the waist since a motorcycle crash 11 years ago.
    All he could do, he said, was pray to Jesus for the attack to stop as he was calling 911.
    ''[911] immediately went to hold and said all 'operators are busy,' '' Alchier said. ''I'm, like, thinking, are you kidding me? I'm watching Marty on the ground just getting completely kicked. . . . There was just a big crowd around him and a big crowd around my brother.
    ''I couldn't do anything and I just yelled out, 'Help us, Jesus' and when I did that, they all just kind of went away.''
    Marshall suffered a concussion and spent five days in the hospital.
    Greg Alchier, who was struck multiple times in the head and back, was treated for a head injury but was not hospitalized. He said he experiences head pain.
    As paramedics arrived, a third injured man, a bleeding 23-year-old from Akron, came to the Girard Street house seeking treatment. He said the same group had assaulted him.
    The man, identified in police reports, did not return messages left at his home.
    Marshall returned to work as a construction worker last week. His hours have been reduced, his medical bills are over $17,000 and he has no medical insurance.
    He has begun the process of filing a victim's compensation claim through the state. People throughout the country have contributed to a fund set up for his family.
    ''I try not to think about it. It's so messed up'' Marshall said of the attack. ''But I have noticed so many more nice people out there, helping us get through this.''
    John Alchier said an officer told him that a group of teens was stopped immediately after the attack, but the victims and witnesses were not allowed to see the boys to identify them as the attackers.
    He said he could have identified only one of the teens by his clothing, a red jerseylike shirt.
    ''That's the thing that bothering me: no arrests,'' John Alchier said. ''They kept continually asking us if we could identify any of them. And all they would let us give them were descriptions.
    ''They would not let anybody go down and ID anybody. And they said they weren't going to bring anybody here to ID them.''
    Asked for a response, police would only say the case remains under investigation.
    Just one description of a suspect has been released. He is a black male, 17 to 19 years old, wearing braids or dreadlocks with red and white beads. He also had braces on his teeth.
    Urgency questioned

    As for the race issue, Marshall and the Alchier brothers can't say whether their gathering was targeted because they are white.
    They remain frustrated by the apparent lack of urgency and attention their case has received from police.
    The incident was not reported by police to the media until almost two weeks had passed.
    Akron police said the department's public information officer was on vacation at that time and his replacement did not issue a release.
    Mayor Don Plusquellic sought the FBI's help July 10.
    Agent Scott Wilson, a Cleveland-based FBI spokesman, said the agency has begun an inquiry in conjunction with Akron police to determine if the case falls under federal hate crime statutes.
    Police have not classified the assaults as hate crimes. Officials said they were unaware of the chants, ''This is our world'' or ''This is a black world'' until the victims and witnesses spoke to the media.
    ''I don't think the police have any intent on doing anything about it. If they did, they would have done something before the media got it and forced them to call the FBI,'' John Alchier said.
    ''I just can't believe the inaction of police that night and subsequently from that. It's like they don't want the people of Akron to know this kind of activity goes on. They don't want everybody to be in fear.''
    Councilwoman responds

    Councilwoman Tina Merlitti said she's disturbed by the Girard Street attack, calling it ''horrible'' and ''scary'' for the victims. She said, however, that the assault appears to be an isolated incident involving teens who might not live in the neighborhood.
    Merlitti said part of the reason she believes her ward is safe is through the efforts of residents working with police and city schools.
    Two years ago, Merlitti ordered the removal of basketball hoops from Firestone Park because of growing numbers of youths fighting, playing loud music or nighttime basketball games.
    Police drove with school officials after classes let out at Garfield High School to help identify troublemakers and stop fights and other crimes.
    Overall, she said, crime, ''is something we all have to continue to keep on top of and address each issue as it comes up.''
    Akron police said there have been 41 aggravated assaults and 108 criminal acts of intimidation in the first five months of this year in the police district that includes Firestone Park. For the same period last year, there were 18 assaults and 89 acts of intimidation, police records show.
    Overall, crime is down in the district by 14 percent this year.
    ''The way I see it, we get waves of things, where you'll have a wave of people breaking into cars,'' Merlitti said. ''And then we usually deal with it on that neighborhood level and once we get people involved, usually it stops.
    ''Everything goes in cycles, and it's just something that we have to continue to work on.''
    Neighborhood support

    Cindy Morrow, president of the Firestone Park Citizens Council, said she and her husband moved to the neighborhood after attending a concert and seeing the attractive homes that dot the landscape.
    Like Merlitti, she said the neighborhood has its challenges with teen crime, but overall, the area is safe and continues to be ''a wonderful neighborhood.''
    Her group organizes the fireworks, festival and symphony concert that makes up the Independence Day celebration.
    As for the Girard Street attack, she said she is most disturbed that no adult has come forward to help police determine who committed the crimes.
    ''The youths are ridiculous,'' she said. ''I just wonder sometimes where their parents are.''
    <hr size="1" color="#cccccc"> Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips can be made at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.

    Beacon Journal computed-assisted reporting manager David Knox contributed to this report. Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or ptrexler@thebeaconjournal.com.
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  13. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

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    As the song says "let the bodies hit the floor."

    I do not know what the Ohio gun laws are like, but knowing this is out there people should arm themselves and defend themselves appropriately. Take down four or five of those thugs and the b.s will probably cease, at least for that night. Sheep are often targets for the wolves, a trained, armed individual becomes a sheep dog.
     
  14. BigO01

    BigO01 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Re: OHIO: Black teens attack white family on 4th, shouting '

    One has to wonder if encouraging these kind of attacks on whites by blacks is exactly part of what Obama had in mind durring the campain when he spoke of "righting the wrongs of over 200 years ago" ?

    Wouldn't surprise me a bit if it were would it you ?
     
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