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In the city where the Liberty Bell rests and where the Declaration of Independence was signed, hundreds of blacks (or as the local media dubbed them “teens and young adults”) engaged in a pre-Independence Day party, which resulted in a full-scale riot. Several police cars were damaged in the melee, but not one arrest was made. [Several Police Cars Damaged After Hundreds Of Teens Gather In North Philadelphia, Philadelphia CBS, July 1, 2019]:
Four police cars were damaged after hundreds of teens and young adults assembled in North Philadelphia Sunday night. The police department put out a citywide assist call for all available officers just before 11:30 p.m. for reports of a massive crowd of young people gathered near the intersection of N. Sydenham and W. Jefferson Streets.
“Anywhere from 800 to 1,000. There were a lot of young adults out here tonight,” said Chief Inspector Joel Dales.
“Twelve kids were like dancing and twerking and going insane on top of my car, as well as just everywhere,” she said.
A man named Aaron who was there said it started out as a regular cookout right around 5 or 6 p.m., but that things escalated by nightfall when several people shared the location on Snapchat.
“They had a tent with a DJ popped up and everything like that. They had alcohol, jungle juice going up, but honestly, obviously, I didn’t set it up but there was a lot of really, really young children here that probably shouldn’t have been messing around with any of this,” said Aaron, who withheld his last name.
Police say members of the group damaged four patrol cars, bashing in hoods, busting windshields and breaking off side mirrors.
“We had no information whatsoever giving us a warning being that these kids were going to gather out here,” Dales said.
Investigators later learned the gathering started out as a cookout. A message went out on Instagram about a “free party,” which brought hundreds of young people to the area.
Despite some chaotic moments, Dales said officers got a handle on the situation quickly.
“The officers did a great job responding, they got the situation under control quickly and again they were able to protect the businesses and no injuries to adults nor injuries to the young adults,” he said.
Police did not make any arrests, though investigators are looking for surveillance video in hopes of identifying those responsible for vandalizing the patrol cars.
So what happened on the Fourth of July in Philadelphia?
Remember, this is in the city where the Liberty Bell rests and where the Declaration of Independence was signed…[Teens take over South Street, looting Walgreens Pharmacy, 6ABC.com, July 5, 2019]:
Police are searching for a group of teenagers that looted and damaged property inside of a Walgreens store on 18th and South streets Thursday night.
A cashier was injured when he tried to intervene, hit in the head with a glass bottle.
“About 60 juveniles walked into the establishment and began removing things from the shelves, destroying property inside the store. The cashier attempted to intervene and some heavy item – I believe it was a bottle – was thrown at him, striking him in the head,” said Captain Sekou Kinebrew of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Before reaching the 1800 block of South Street, teens could be seen on surveillance video stopping traffic, crowding and running along the street.
While most were not misbehaving, some took advantage of the large crowd size.
Myles Burke says as he stood on his balcony at 11th and South and saw teenagers beating a man without reason.
“He was bloodied. He was being punched and kicked. I was standing right over him on my balcony. I was yelling to the police for them to stop it. They were saying they couldn’t stop what was going on, there was too much for them to handle,” said Burke.
Farther west on South Street, businesses started locking their doors to keep the crowds out.
Then the crowd made it inside Walgreens.
“Between the things that they stole and the property damaged inside, it’s between $6,000 and $7,000 in damage,” said Captain Kinebrew.
No arrests were made. Police are inspecting surveillance inside the store to identify the actors.
The clerk who was hurt has been treated and released with cuts and bruises to his head.
The videos of the July 4th/Independence Day chaos show scores of black teens and young adults attacking random white and Asian people on the streets of Philadelphia (something Bruce Springsteen left out of his Academy Award winning song).
Is there a more fitting metaphor for what Independence Day means in 2019 than this story of scores of blacks rioting, vandalizing businesses and beating random white people in the city where dead white men long ago gathered together to sign the Declaration of Independence?