100 black teens beat white couple in Norfolk VA

May 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Americas

when we we all stop falling for this!


 

The Virginian-Pilot
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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?

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6 Responses to “100 black teens beat white couple in Norfolk VA”
  1. SonOfSam says:

    who gives a crap whteher they are “only juveniles” or not? if they’re old enough to beat the daylights out of inncoent people, they’re old enough to go to prison. And please, spare me the nonsense about “the neighborhood”… is it part of the USA or not? If it is, why do our laws not apply there? And if its not, why do our tax dollars go to pay for the welfare checks for these vermin? Oh yeah, i’m so SURE they’re all “gainfully employed”… yah, right!!!

  2. sick ofit says:

    hate crime, send them to Liberia

  3. Lynn says:

    I’m from Norfolk, Virginia and I can attest to the fact that all the cops down there are like that. It would take to long to detail my personal experiences, but I think it’s safe to say that if you’re a victim of a crime they absolutely do not care. Their only purpose is to harrass and fine people with the ability to pay. Anyone who lives there would tell you the same.

    • Ed says:

      Where i come from the police act the same way for the most part, there are still some police officers who i would call police officers and have trust in them to a degree, but on the majority of what i have seen and experienced, it’s been bad.

      From what i know the police have to meet targets each month so they have to get so many arrests, issue so many fines etc,, I feel i have been victim to this as i know many other have, and it will ony get worse and more totalitarian as we let it continue.

      ………….

      Also, It’s no good for the government and police telling “whites” or any other ethnic groups to behave themselves when other ethnic groups are let loose and able to run wild with little or no punishment at all. That in it self will only enrage people like it did with me and lots of people i knew.

      Wait until the minorities swarm from Europe and African nations into your tiny Scottish village of around 3,000 total population and begin tearing it up, stealing and raping and beating anyone who says a word about it in protest… now where I used to live is gone, totally dilluted to the point where there are NO WHITES ALLOWED.
      The beautiful green grass and feilds are now a tipping space for these rats, burnt out stolen cars and rubbish litter the place to the point where it all just stinks now, and me being Scottish I take great pride of MY LAND MY SOIL, and it enraged me so much that i only ended up in trouble with police, this is when it became clear too me that I as a Scotsman was no longer welcome in my own place and that if i protest about it or complain to the police I would be the one who’d be in trouble for even complaining about it.

      Yes i have been arrested many times for protecting MY PEOPLE and standing up for the elderly who were harrassed daily by these immigrants, it was either i left or ended up doing something which i would only regret in the long run.

      By the time i did leave the face of the community had alrady changed to the point that no one who was there wanted to be there anymore, they were all bailing out and heading to the city, and this is all from ONE DAY of three small bus loads of immigrants being shipped right into your village and town.

      Funny how beautiful old traditional Scottish houses worth around £170,000 each was suddenly just handed over to a family of rats who didnt have to pay a single penny towards it.

      Anyway rant over.

  4. Silvermoney says:

    One way to retaliate is to not hire any of these thugs if you own a business. 2nd way is to arm yourself and just put these wild animals down.

  5. Julie Butler says:

    This is pathetic. Number one, the police officer responding needs to be FIRED yesterday and number two, do your frichen jobs and deal with this. Now where are Sharpton and Jackson on this. This kind of senseless violence is what happens in Iran and Iraq or the zoo. Only animals do this. This is bull5hit!

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