Mob of 100 black teens attack white couple in Norfolk, VA

It was Saturday night in Norfolk, Virginia.

A man and a woman, both white, were driving their car and stopped at a red light. On the sidewalk was a crowd of 100 black teenagers, one of whom threw a rock at the window of the car. The man made the mistake of stepping out of the car to confront the thrower. That was when the feral mob descended on the couple, punching and kicking them.

The responding police listed the mob attack as a “simple assault,” did not take down the names of witnesses, and dismissed the attack as one by “juveniles,” about which little can be done.

The attack happened two weeks ago, but no newspaper or TV station reported about it. Finally, a colleague of the victims decided to write about it.

Photo of a black flash mob of thousands in downtown Philadelphia, March 20, 2010. Laurence Kesterson/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP/File

Michelle Washington* reports for the Virginia-Pilot, May 1, 2012:

*Michelle Washington is the editorial writer for the Virginia-Pilot.

Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim.

The victim’s friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third try, she got through and, hysterical, could scream only their location.

Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton.

It happened four blocks from where they work, here at The Virginian-Pilot.

Two weeks have passed since reporters Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami - friends to me and many others at the newspaper – were attacked on a Saturday night as they drove home from a show at the Attucks Theatre. They had stopped at a red light, in a crowd of at least 100 young people walking on the sidewalk. Rostami locked her car door. Someone threw a rock at her window. Forster got out to confront the rock-thrower, and that’s when the beating began.

Neither suffered grave injuries, but both were out of work for a week. Forster’s torso ached from blows to his ribs, and he retained a thumb-sized bump on his head. Rostami fears to be alone in her home. Forster wishes he’d stayed in the car.

Many stories that begin this way end much worse. Another colleague recently wrote about the final defendant to be sentenced in the beating death of 19-year-old James Robertson in East Ocean View five years ago. In that case, a swarm of gang members attacked Robertson and two friends. Robertson’s friends got away and called for help; police arrived to find Robertson’s stripped, swollen corpse.

Forster and Rostami’s story has not, until today, appeared in this paper. The responding officer coded the incident as a simple assault, despite their assertions that at least 30 people had participated in the attack. A reporter making routine checks of police reports would see “simple assault” and, if the names were unfamiliar, would be unlikely to write about it. In this case, editors hesitated to assign a story about their own employees. Would it seem like the paper treated its employees differently from other crime victims?

More questions loomed.

Forster and Rostami wondered if the officer who answered their call treated all crime victims the same way. When Rostami, who admits she was hysterical, tried to describe what had happened, she says the officer told her to shut up and get in the car. Both said the officer did not record any names of witnesses who stopped to help. Rostami said the officer told them the attackers were “probably juveniles anyway. What are we going to do? Find their parents and tell them?”

The officer pointed to public housing in the area and said large groups of teenagers look for trouble on the weekends. “It’s what they do,” he told Forster.

Could that be true? Could violent mobs of teens be so commonplace in Norfolk that police and victims have no recourse?

Police spokesman Chris Amos said officers often respond to reports of crowds fighting; sirens are usually enough to disperse the group. On that night, he said, a report of gunfire in a nearby neighborhood prompted the officer to decide getting Forster and Rostami off the street quickly made more sense than remaining at the intersection. The officer gave them his card and told them to call later to file a report.

The next day, Forster searched Twitter for mention of the attack.

One post chilled him.

“I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light,” wrote one person.

“I don’t,” wrote another, indicating laughter. “(do it for trayvon martin)”

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, died after being shot by a community watch captain with white and Hispanic parents, George Zimmerman, in Florida.

Forster and Rostami, both white, suffered a beating at the hands of a crowd of black teenagers.

Was either case racially motivated? Were Forster and Rostami beaten in some kind of warped, vigilante retribution for a killing 750 miles away, a person none of them knew? Was it just bombast? Is a beating funny, ever?

Here’s why their story is in the paper today. We cannot allow such callousness to continue unremarked, from the irrational, senseless teenagers who attacked two people just trying to go home, from the police officer whose conduct may have been typical but certainly seems cold, from the tweeting nitwits who think beating a man in Norfolk will change the death of Trayvon Martin.

How can we change it if we don’t know about it? How can we make it better if we look away?

Are we really no better than this?

UPDATE (May 2):

Maurice Jones

Joe Kovacs of WND reports that both the Norfolk police and Virginia-Pilot are getting hammered by outraged citizens.

The police insist that the attack was not racially motivated, although “it could have been.”

Virginia-Pilot is also under fire for not reporting a mob attack on two of its own reporters — for two weeks. Interestingly, Maurice Jones, who was still Virginia-Pilot‘s publisher at the time of the mob attack, was nominated by Obama and recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be deputy secretary of HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Update (May 4):

Police have arrested a 16-year-old in connection with the mob attack but authorities will not release his name due to his age. According to the Virginian-Pilot, he has been charged with throwing a missile at a vehicle, a felony, as well as two counts of simple assault by mob, destruction of property and participation in a riot, all misdemeanors. The police investigation is continuing. [Source]

~Eowyn

22 responses to “Mob of 100 black teens attack white couple in Norfolk, VA

  1. “In Oklahoma last Tuesday, Bob and Nancy Strait, who had been married for 65 years, had their home broken into by a black teenager (Tyrone Woodfork) unarmed except for a BB gun. The teenager beat and raped the 85 year old Nancy Strait to death. Her husband, a veteran of the 101st Airborne in WW2, is in the hospital struggling to make it.There will be no million hoodie march for Bob and Nancy, two mere white Americans. Their killer will have pro bono lawyers and innocence projects helping him until he’s finally set free again.”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117695/Brutal-home-invasion-Oklahoma-couple-ends-65-year-romance-meeting-blind-date.html

  2. I’m surprized there isn’t some vigilanteism going on….it’s just what
    real men do (sarc).Guess they don’t watch Charles Bronson movies
    down there.

  3. Why aren’t we hearing about white people being beaten? It doesn’t fit the agenda of the media does it? And the agenda of the media is to keep African Americans as victims and not hold them responsible for their actions, so they can get more “Obama money” and keep them voting democratic.

  4. The soeteros, Jacksons and Sharptons are responsible for these attacks. They are the ones who are calling for retribution and violence. It is despicable. I fear for my family members who live in the area.

  5. This is the very thing that Bama and his regime wants, so they can declare Martial Law and take over the rest of the country! Wake up America before it’s too late! Semper Fi

  6. catscanner150

    This is the main reason that I have my 20 gauge pump action Remington right beside my bed, if the sound of chambering a round doesn’t deter an intruder then I will proceed to spill his blood/brains and/or internal ogans, but they will leave my residence in either an ambulance or a hearse. It will not matter if they are black, white, whatever.

    I grew up just outside of Norfolk and use to hang out in that area in my late teens.

  7. Where the hell is Al Sharpton & Jessie Jackson & the other ilk like them that were out in force in Florida? Is it because it was a black mob attacking 2 innocent people?

  8. wheres Obama Outrage?

  9. I think the reason that this never was published in the Virginia Pilot is because MAURICE JONES Virginia-Pilot did NOT want it publicized! He is black, right?

    The NON-reverends jackson & sharpton don’t CARE what blacks do….they DON’T CARE if these two people would have been murdered by this mob!
    Is THAT what a reverend does…..promote, incite, encourage riots & beatings?

    While we are on the subject, the black panther that offered $10,000 for George Zimmerman, DEAD OR ALIVE, why isn’t he in jail for offering money to someone to MURDER another person?

    Recently, a spouse offered to pay an under cover cop to kill their mate and they were arrested and will stand trial for it.

    Why are cops afraid to arrest blacks for committing the same crimes as whites? A white man offering $10,000 to have a black man killed would be in jail NOW. Not so with this black panther, right?

    Arm yourselves. I have. It appears that blacks want ALL the advantages…especially where CRIME is concerned. They apparently don’t care WHO they kill, nor do their leaders.

    Let one black be killed, regardless of the fact that he could have been the aggressor, and you will have HUNDREDS of INNOCENT WHITE people murdered, beat, and raped and NOTHING will be done about it!

    I hope that whoever runs this site doesn’t have ties to the Virginia Pilot publisher, Maurice Jones or else you will be reading, (or NOT reading) about my MURDER in the news. This is SO wrong!

  10. Update: Police has arrested a 16-year-old, but will not reveal his name. Scroll up to end of my post for more.

  11. Oh puhleeze, even *I* know what is really happening here! 30-100 blacks attack & beat TWO whites. They arrest ONE, and he’s underaged.

    Many years ago, this is what the OLDER gang members used to do in my neighborhood. They would beat up someone, get a young kid to take the fall, he would be underaged and couldn’t be tried as an adult so NOTHING came of it.

    I WILL BET YOU IF THERE WERE 2 BLACKS IN THAT CAR AND 30-100 WHITES BEAT THEM UP, (THE COMPLETE REVERSE OF WHAT HAPPENED ABOVE), sharpton, jackson, & the black panthers WOULD HAVE TAKEN OUT BOUNTIES ON ALL THESE PEOPLE AND *DEMANDED* ARRESTS EVEN IF A 16 YEAR OLD TOOK THE FALL.

    Sorry for shouting, but it really pi$$es me off when I see people do these things. And what is ironic is that blacks feel like they are *unfairly* accused of committing crimes!

    If they would only take a real good HONEST look into all these cases and put themselves in the victim’s place, they might see precisely WHY people don’t trust blacks or are leery of them!

    I bet that had this been 2 black people Maurice Jones would DEFINITELY have put that story on the FRONT PAGE!

  12. It makes me sick to think of any innocent people getting attacked just because of the color of their skin

  13. lpeteblan1@gmail.com

    Nothing but a bunch of sub-primate parasitic thugs!!!!!!!

  14. Cynthia Wahoff

    I feel sorry for all involved in the travon/and Norfolk happenings I really do…. damn people!-when does the hate in our hearts stop? Its a damn shame that blacks and whites can’t put all differences aside and get along….our children want peace-n-love for their futures….not hate and evil. We do not live in the f-chin past anymore people!! All we r doing is messing up our childrens lives!!! We shpuld b helping one another not hurtting.

  15. There is a fire burning inside the silent majority of Americans as these types of attacks and crimes are increasingly becoming a normal occurence. The fire will be stoked to a point of no return and these stories will become an inferno of revenge in middle America later this year. Normal peace loving quiet folks can only take so much and there will be open season on thugs in this country.

  16. All this crazy ass racial thing is crazy does it mattter who is black or white!!! the dumb mob memeber attacked two innocent people driving minding there buisness not being rude why did the guy get out the car if he seen 100 black people!! we dont know the story really thing is no one deserves this black white indian jewish armenian no one!!!

    • You’re missing the point, Steven.

      Race does matter because the media refuse to inform us that the assailants were black. But if the perpetrators were white and the victims were black, it’s front page news and all the usual race baiters/mongerers (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton…) would be screaming.

  17. paul the builder

    its unfortunate to hear of acts of cowardness like this, it is very similar to what happened in benghazi…… domestic terrorists

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