Mob Of 400 Kids Go On Crime Spree, ACLU Outraged When They're Called Criminals

About 400 juveniles ran through Inner Harbor on Saturday night, fighting with each other and hitting unlucky bystanders.

Baltimore, MD – More than 400 juveniles wreaked havoc on Inner Harbor on Saturday night but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is upset that police union referred to the kids as "criminals" (video below).

Bystanders described the scene as total “mayhem” when 400 juveniles began fighting with each other at Inner Harbor on Saturday night (video below).

“There were people of all ages running amok just hitting people, and then they’d try to split in different directions to get away from the cops,” a witness told WJZ.

The chaos of a busy holiday weekend afternoon in one of Maryland’s biggest tourist destinations turned violent at about 6:30 p.m. on May 25 when fights started breaking out between different groups of kids at Pratt and Light Streets, according to WBAL.

Baltimore police said about 400 juveniles were involved in the melee, which included them behaving in a disorderly manner by jumping on top of cars, vandalizing and destroying property, and committing thefts.

“They were just randomly fighting with each other,” Baltimore Police Colonel Richard Worley, the chief of patrol, told The Baltimore Sun.

Col. Worley said there was only one use-of-force reported after the brouhaha was over.

“Our officers don’t get rattled by this stuff anymore,” he said.

On Thursday, police released bodycam video from officers at the scene and surveillance video from multiple CitiWatch cameras that were stationed in the area where the mayhem occurred.

One surveillance video showed a large group of juveniles fighting in the middle of Pratt Street, stopping traffic in the process.

An officer’s bodycam video showed about a half-dozen kids beating up and kicking a bicyclist they had pinned to the ground.

In one CitiWatch video, a crowd of teens was running away from police and one boy jumped onto the roof of two different cars to escape.

In yet another surveillance video, a young man leaning against a light pole leaned over and kicked a passerby in the head.

Then he reached over and got a high-five from a friend, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The video clips showed officers running from incident to incident trying to separate fighters and help the victims.

One bodycam video showed a juvenile running directly into the arms of an officer, apparently seeking protection from an angry crowd behind him, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“We tried to give you a representational look of what happened,” Baltimore Police Spokesman Matt Jablow explained. “We went through a lot of body-worn and CitiWatch cameras trying to give you and the public a sense of what was going on there that night.”

Six juveniles were arrested during the ruckus, on charges that included disorderly conduct and assault, WBAL reported.

Col. Worley said the youngest person arrested was an 11-year-old boy, The Baltimore Sun reported.

All six kids arrested were released by early on Sunday morning, he said.

Investigators are still looking for the boy in the video who kicked the passerby in the head, The Baltimore Sun reported.

In the wake of the incident, late on Saturday night, Baltimore City Police Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Sergeant Mike Mancuso sent out a tweet to his membership.

“To our officers at the Harbor tonight: Protect each other and don't fall into the trap that they are only kids. Some are criminals! Keep the current policies and Consent Decree in mind. If ordered to arrest put the name of the on-scene Commander in all reporting,” Sgt. Mancuso tweeted.

The comments set off a firestorm on social media and attracted the wrath of the ACLU, WBAL reported.

The ACLU called the union president’s language “unacceptable.”

“Comments like this do nothing to repair that trust. Instead, it encourages racial-profiling tactics, excessive force and excuses officers for disregarding the rights of black children,” the organization said, according to WBAL.

The new Baltimore mayor pointed the finger squarely at the parents of the juveniles involved in the brawls.

"Really, it's a parenting question,” Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said. “Are the parents talking to their young people to let them know that downtown belongs to you too, the Inner Harbor belongs to you too, but you go there and act with common sense and decency and not go down there to disrupt and fight and create mayhem down at the Inner Harbor. It's just unacceptable."

"This kind of behavior is unacceptable, and I'm making no excuses for it. It's unacceptable. But that don't indict everybody who lives in the city of Baltimore,” Young continued.

“The 99.9 percent of the citizens of Baltimore are law-abiding citizens who want to do the right thing. It's that 1 percent that keeps us held hostage,” he said.

Some residents of the Inner Harbor area blamed closing recreation centers and a lack of things for kids to do to keep them out of trouble.

"A lot of the rec centers are closing, and some kids are not getting jobs," Anthony Burton told WBAL.

But local lawmakers said they’re already making an effort in that direction.

"We've opened up, or reopened, two rec centers in my district in the past three years. Obviously, that's not enough,” Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello said. “I'm working very closely with the council president and my colleagues to try and find more weekend activities for our young people, so they have productive things to do in a safe environment.”

Baltimore police increased their presence at Inner Harbor for the remainder of the holiday weekend, including a Mobile Command Unit, WBAL reported.

Watch the chaos in the street in the videos below:

Comments (129)
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shooter
shooter

Political Correctness is totally out of control. We're doomed as a society.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Calling curbcooler calling burgersallday in 5,4,3,2,1

Zeddicus
Zeddicus

Individuals who commit crimes, are by the very definition in the English language both American and UK and worldwide dictionary's are "criminals".

Maybe the spokesperson for the ACLU should re-attend college.


crim·i·nal /ˈkrim(ə)n(ə)l/

noun 1. a person who has committed a crime.

DODOpotts
DODOpotts

Not one to do racial profiling but they all seem to have deep suntans, I just happened to notice.

Baboozious
Baboozious

They were All Black, Not just young people as the reporter wanted to say. I would guess 95% don’t have a Father at home. Here in Las Vegas, Father’s Day is Not even mentioned from Middle school upwards as none of the black children have fathers. That video is a video of a failure within the Black community. I feel very sorry for the White man walking along who was kicked in the face , just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

I knew before they even mentioned who the Perps were. Wasn't a long shot.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

We didn't have rec centers, and there was certainly a "lack of things to do" out in the burbs, but we entertained ourselves without rioting and committing crimes. These are bullshit excuses.

K-9 319
K-9 319

The ACLU is part of the problem. They can't face the fact that some black kids are criminals, and they down play everything that goes on because it makes them look bad, and for the on core call it racial profiling. Let me get this straight. You have a crowd of 400 African Americans raising holy hell and you try to stop the fights and the destroying of property, that's racial profiling ? I don't think so.

sturnman22
sturnman22

unacceptable behavior of a demographic well known.

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

As young as 11....my daughter is that age!! If that was my kid I would ensure she had a "punishment" for her actions!! I just can't with these people!! This is just crazy!!! Waiting for people to say the cops did something wrong with this situation! It will happen like it always does!!! Kudos to the police force and I hope they stay safe out there with all these like idiots!!!

Pacho
Pacho

They are part of the HUMAN CANCER and need be cirurgical be removed, arrest and fix them, to avoid reproduce more, like any cancer...

trainbuff
trainbuff

No rec centers for these thugs to play in? This just gives them practice for prison where they have the nicer rec centers paid for by the taxpayers of the state.

Tubal ligation may help quell the numbers of these bastard youth at least with the originating source.

cspcapt
cspcapt

where are all the white juveniles

stooge819
stooge819

Such a vibrant culture.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Instead of condemning the action of these "criminals" the ACLU decides the better thing to do is get mad at the police for calling the heathens exactly what they are. Personally, I would have used the word "animals", but hey, that's just me.

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

This is Absolute Nonsense! The ACLU needs to GROW A PAIR! These Juveniles are CRIMINALS, No If, Ands or Buts about it! Had I been there, there also would have been several of them laying on the ground in a pool of their own blood! They need to be Tried as Adults and then their victims should File a Lawsuit against their Parents for Damages and if any of them are living on Benefits they should be Revoked and None Of Them should be able to get any Welfare Benefits, Food Stamps, Medicaid etc.!

RunCop
RunCop

Mmm

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

The parents weren’t around. You mean, the parent wasn’t around. They probably don’t even know baby daddy.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

Savages.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Darn Amish kids running amuck again

Wish505
Wish505

They don't have fathers or if they do there fathers are trash. Heck here when you go to a ball game involving players of this race if one score a touchdown 4 to 5 guys jump up and yell THATS MY BOY. Who really knows.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Catastrophic Parental Failure. The parents should be FINED and FINED heavily

killer93
killer93

Trying to blame society again for these poor little black children getting into high jinks. Pleaseeeeeee their fuken criminals. Call it what you want. But their still criminals.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

screw the ACLU. According to them these folks are never the problem. Its everyone and everything else that is the problem and it will stay that way as long as the ACLU is around....as that what keeps the ACLU in business.

OldVet
OldVet

Did not see one word in that statement that mentioned any race. ACLU is the only one profiling. Maybe because most (if not all) the criminals were persons of color (have to be PC).

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

No parental guidance cuz they were home gettin high..baltimore u have a problem..

Stanracer
Stanracer

"Black children" don't have the "right" to riot in the streets. The ACLU are way off base on this one.

Caddis
Caddis

Ghetto rats taking over the tourist areas? Simple solution...tourists don't go there...let the merchants go out of business and then complain to the idiots running that cesspool of a city.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Let me guess blacks again

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Yes NOT a hate crime somehow

checksix
checksix

Obama's favorite term: Justice involved youth.

Sarah3511
Sarah3511

Jack Young is right to call out the parents. Parent/s get control of your kids!

Baboozious
Baboozious

They’ve seen their Black fathers, brothers, cousins, sisters, mothers, grandparents do it they’re all the same !!! They can’t help it. They blame slavery. Yet 95% of them Pimp out under age Black teenage girls on the streets as prostitutes, Their Slaves. Go Figure 🤔

bronx163
bronx163

Pure savage acts of violence.

Running through a city downtown area attacking snd brutally assaulting people at will. What do you call it? Savagery rioting.

Let it all burn. Sit back let the politicians get what they want in Baltimore. Total hands off policing. When done grab a broom pick up the pieces and take a report.

61mouse
61mouse

Should have dropped smoke bombs

BigJimJustice
BigJimJustice

Before I looked at the video, or read any of the comments, I said to myself "looks like 400 Black kids committing crime," and it turned out I was right. It has been taught to them since birth that they can do anything they want because of slavery here in America, even though it ended in 1865 and less-than 5% of the Black populace has direct descendants from it.
Another problem in the Black community is upwards of ~75% of these kids do not have a father at home, 75%!! This is what happens when you teach that sex is nothing but a physical act, there is nothing more to it, and to have sex with as many people as you want nothing bad will ever happen. Well, you can see the direct consequence of their immorality with the kids running wild now can't we? The Black community has been destroyed by immorality, drugs, alcohol, and entitlement. Until they get all of these under control we'll continue to have shit like this happening, where Black kid destroy property, beat people up, and scare tourist away.

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

That's Baltimore for you...OUT OF CONTROL AND RUN BY LIBERALS...JUST LIKE THE ACLU, WHICH BTW DONATES HEAVILY TO THE DNC....UMMMM

mikeh9999
mikeh9999

The city of Baltimore will only change it policy with regards to let the criminals run the city when tourist stop going to the inner Harbor . boycott Baltimore......

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

WATER CANNONS! “Clean up” that area!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I’m going to call it as I saw it. And I saw mostly or almost only black kids. Well, I did see a white person, but he was the one getting kicked in the face as he walked by. And why does the news say “young people”? If they can put bullshit like this on the news, then say young black teens. WTF is wrong with calling it like it is? ACLU can take their “outrage” and shove it up their asses. They should have just shit their mouths on this one. Fucking ghetto ass antics with these kids acting like fools. Want to act that way, then you’ll get treated as such.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

The Exogenous be held responsible and be punished for encouraging this by their statements... They should also be on the receiving end of their beloved "youth's" antics...

Also, some tourists who ate at Sullivan's Steakhouse at 1Pratt Street were attacked and a woman is in danger of losing an eye...

Maybe they should be corralled into M&T Ravens Stadium and be made to fight to death and the survivors arrested, prosecuted, and jailed...

I live near Baltimore and only go there to see our physician every 3 months... Otherwise, my wife and I avoid it to the point of "taking the long way around" instead of using a shorter route by going through the "schitty"...

Jrd
Jrd

Just because you are a minority doesnt mean you can break the law or act like a animal. ACLU is a joke that no right minded individual listens to anymore. Might as well group them with black lies matter as a terrorist organization..

All lives matter!!!

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

I don't know how "Exogenous" appeared when I meant the ACLU... Damned keyboard...

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Excuse me? You really think rec centers is the answer?? Growing up, we didnt have rec centers but we kept ourselves busy. And since when is it the taxpayers responsibility to keep Jaqavious or Shenequana entertained when they "get bored". I thought that was the parents responsibility!!! Always f--king excuses!!

Mrs10
Mrs10

I think that "criminal" is the correct - and kindest - thing these "children" could've been called!!

SheepDog104
SheepDog104

The 99.9 percent of the citizens of Baltimore are law-abiding citizens who want to do the right thing. It's that 1 percent that keeps us held hostage,” he said.

Do the math. That's 100.9%. Brilliant.

mbfritz
mbfritz

They are not only criminals, they're animals! Except most animals behave better than some of these people! Disrespectful, entitled-minded, undisciplined, cruel, self-centered-I could go on & on! It doesn't help when organizations like the ACLU defends their horrible behavior & criticizes anyone who calls them what they are-criminals!

LynnSB
LynnSB

How about a Pack of ANIMALS ?? Thugs, Gang Member Recruits, POS, Juvenile Deviates, Ignorant Morons, Black Mob -- just a few But God Forbid we call them what they are CRIMINALS !!!

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

I’d like to know what these clueless groups call kids who are acting like criminals. If ur breaking the law regardless of ur age ur a criminal.

TONYAPARNELL
TONYAPARNELL

LOCK/LOAD

djb032
djb032

What a joke! Yeah, this problem is clearly the cause and effect of not having enough rec centers.... democrats are a special kind of stupid! No, the problem is total disrespect from a group of ANIMALS!

logdiva
logdiva

The ACLU is a racist hate group. Blame everyone, and everything except the ones doing it.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Shoot the terrorists!

LesterWilkins
LesterWilkins

Blackness, blackness, blackness.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"Mob Of 400 Kids Go On Crime Spree, ACLU Outraged When They're Called Criminals"

The ACLU can kiss the dark spot on my ass. They need to realize that if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then guess what?!?! They need to stop defending criminal behavior and actually do what their groups name implies. i.e. go back to; or at least start, protecting the civil liberties of Americans.

On another note, if you want parents to start being responsible for their children, then let's start holding them criminally responsible for the actions of their children. Charge them with neglect or negligence. It might get the point across?!?!

hulenb
hulenb

Looks to me like the FOP was exactly right. And all the whining and complaining on Twitter. They'll simply keep acting like they're acting and nothing will change. Keep blaming BPD for your community's problem.

spd522
spd522

Spay or neuter hood rats.

BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

Call it Thugs instead! They are not out to enjoy themselves but to cause chaos! I am sick of these Democraps being afraid go stand up for what is correct! The black community has failed greatly to teach young people how to act.

investigator
investigator

ACLU is right......they shouldn't be called "criminals"...they are ANIMALS!!!

lynzee55
lynzee55

Get rid of low rent abodes and/or make proof of income a must for all rentals. They do it in many neighborhoods and its perfectly legal.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Kill them or leave them alone. Anything else is a waste of time . . .

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

ACLU needs to sit down and shut up. Juveniles that commit crimes are criminals. This was a mobile riot. It was handled in a very professional manner. Even if there were more rec centers for the kids they still lack respect , courtesy and manners. The parents should be held accountable for their actions. The true crime here is lack of parenting.

Vigilent
Vigilent

Yea it's the 1% , riiiiiiiight.🙄 Looks like planet of the apes to me.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

ACLU has done more harm to this society than any other organization!

It’s organization has been hijacked by an anti USA contingent!

Pjdroney
Pjdroney

Can’t make it up. Personal responsibility has been thrown in the trash.

sanman
sanman

3 words, F***k the ACLU.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspects.

NickyJ
NickyJ

The ACLU has mental problems. That started with their mama

Diwee
Diwee

ACLU can bite me!

PD62rocks
PD62rocks

Aw, poor little babies. So because they're bored with no rec center to go to and no jobs, they go on rampages committing whatever vile acts they want to? I live in a small town and there isn't a whole lot to do here for ANYone here, young or old. But you don't see us going out and attacking people, fighting and causing problems for the police. These "kids" are spoiled, inconsiderate, undisciplined brats and they need to grow up!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The newscaster repeatedly describes these as "young people". After viewing you can interpret that to mean young people= inner city blacks. I didnt see a single example of anyone else but ICBs.