A large group of black teens rampaged through Charleston neighborhoods, targeting innocent people early Sunday.
James Johnson, who was at the forefront of local protests after Scott’s shooting death, said he had not heard any explanation for the teens’ behavior.
“The Walter Scott incident is fresh in their minds, and then there’s Baltimore,” he said. “But there’s no telling. It could be just spur of the moment. I’m hoping we can find out. Whatever it is, we’ve got to go to the root of the problem so it doesn’t happen again.”
The Post and Courier reported:
As many as 60 teens were roaming Charleston streets attacking pedestrians and drivers early Sunday, witnesses told police dispatchers in 911 calls released Tuesday.
All the teens were black, according to witnesses, and all but one of the people attacked were white. Still, it’s unclear if the attacks were racially motivated or sparked by the unrest in Baltimore, which followed the recent shooting death of Walter Scott, a black man, by a white North Charleston police officer. […]
Terror could be heard in the voices of many of the callers, including a man who called from his car and said he was being blocked by about 50 teens.
“They just smacked my car,” he told the operator. “I’m flooring it in reverse. This is just ridiculous. … I’m getting the hell out of here, man. They just smacked another car.”
He said a group began beating a man.
“They’ve got a dude down on the ground,” he said. “There’s like five of them punching the dude. … There’s a guy taunting me. I couldn’t make the green light because he was standing in the intersection taunting me. It’s pretty terrifying, man.”
A young woman called 911 to report the chaos outside her apartment at Vanderhorst and Coming streets.
“There’s like 50 black kids outside, and they’re getting into a fight,” she told the operator. “Oh, my God, there’s blood everywhere. … Look at all that blood.”
Another young woman called to say she was standing at the intersection.
“They’re just in the street screaming and yelling,” she said. “I want to say 60 people.”
Ironically, the group of teens had just left their local YWCA, which carries the motto, “Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism.” Only one arrest has been made so far.