All the racial violence of late can be laid at the feet of Obama and the democrats. The left embraced, normalized, and encouraged it…
It started with an Instagram post. It ended with four arrests, at least eight injuries and a major security ramp-up at Temple University.
On Friday evening, dozens of teenagers began to gather outside the Pearl Theater in North Philadelphia, brought together by what police said were calls on social media to meet for a 6:45 p.m. showing of the movie “Ouija: Origin of Evil.”
Word spread. By 8 p.m., more than 150 youths had amassed at the intersection near the theater, located at the southern end of Temple’s campus.
Then things turned violent.
As the crowd moved down the street, several smaller groups of youths started attacking random pedestrians, many of them university students who were returning to campus from a Temple football game across town, according to the university’s independent student paper. The teenagers punched, kicked and tackled people indiscriminately, police said, fanning out into the North Philadelphia neighborhood and assaulting passersby over the next few hours.
As of Monday, police had taken four kids between 14 and 17 years old into custody in connection with the attacks, which authorities compared to “flash mobs” that have cropped up in the city in recent years, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Authorities said they’re still looking for other suspects.
Joe Lauletta of Holland, Penn., said his 19-year-old daughter was badly beaten after the mob broke out. In a Facebook post that went viral, he wrote that she had just emerged from the subway after watching the Temple football game when a group of 30 to 40 teenagers swarmed around her.
“Every part of her body is badly bruised,” Lauletta wrote. “It makes me cry just thinking about it.”
I spent last night in the ER at St. Mary’s HospitaI. I received a call from my daughter Christina after my sons football game. She was crying, I couldn’t understand her, my heart dropped, I became scared, I said what is the matter? Dad, I was jumped, I’m beat up pretty bad. Where r u? Temple, they stole my phone. We’re heading to the police station. I do not hear from her until she gets to her apartment. Rage is running through my mind the whole time. She said she is getting a ride home and wants to go to St. Mary’s. I find out that her and her 2 male friends where badly beaten by a group of 30-40 black teenagers on their way home from the Temple football game. This happened after they got off the subway at Broad and Cecil B Moore. These sick animals held her down and kicked and stomped on her repeatedly. Thank god, the people from the pizza place intervened. They arrested 2 people at the scene. I have not let Christina out of my sight, she is resting. Every part of her body is badly bruised, it makes me cry just thinking about it. No broken bones. If you have children at Temple, tell them to be careful. Please keep Christina Lauletta in your thoughts.
In an interview later with WTXF, he said his daughter was released from the hospital with no broken bones but still had cuts and bruises covering her body.
“She went down in the fetal position and then they pinned her,” he said. “Her back is really, really cut up.”
Police said two of the people who attacked Lauletta’s daughter were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, robbery and criminal conspiracy, as the Inquirer reported.
On Tuesday, police released surveillance video from a pizza shop that captured part of the chaotic scene, describing the suspects as “approximately 20 black juvenile males and females.”
The grainy black-and-white footage shows several dozen young people walking down the street near the theater when suddenly a fight appears to break out. A group of people swarm around a person wearing a light-colored shirt, pushing, kicking and throwing punches. As the victim is thrown to the ground, some in the crowd gather to watch, while others scramble back and forth across the street. One woman can be seen in the video appearing to record the incident from her phone.
After about 20 seconds, the fight appears to clear and people disperse as a line of cars drives down the street. Police arrive, and an officer is seen talking with someone in the pizza shop, who gestures in the direction of the mob.
Another Temple student said she was in the area when the crowd got out of control and was beaten by a group of kids who “poured around the corner” as she was crossing the street. The student, who didn’t give her name, shared pictures of her two black eyes with the Tab and told the site that she couldn’t open her jaw all the way after the attack. She also said her hair had been ripped out and that her hand and wrist were swollen.
“I remember shoes coming for my face and after that I heard other kids from the group saying ‘Yo chill, yo chill it’s just a girl’ and they pulled my attackers off me,” she said.
As the crowd spread into the surrounding area, a 15-year-old boy threw a police officer to the ground as she was trying to arrest him, causing her to fall on her patrol bike, an NBC affiliate reported. The teen was arrested a block away. Minutes later, another teenager approached an equine officer who had arrived to break up the crowd and punched the officer’s horse in the head twice. He was arrested and charged with assaulting a police service animal, the Inquirer reported.
All told, at least six Temple students and two police officers were attacked, according to ABC.
Temple tweeted out a security alert for “increased police activity” around 9:30 p.m., but some people said it was too little, too late.