If the Peoria Chronicle goes back offline, the webcache is still available; here's the account:
Tonight [Friday June 24th], around 11 p.m., a group of at least 60-70 African American youth marched down one of the side streets (W. Thrush) to the 4 lane main drag (Sheridan). They were yelling threats to white residents. Things such as we need to kill all the white people around here. They were physically intimidating anyone calling for help from the police. They were surrounding cars. Cars on the main drag had to slam on their brakes to either avoid the youth blocking not only all four lanes, but a large section of the side street as well. fights were breaking out among them. They were rushing residents who looked out their doors, going on to porches, yelling threats to people calling the police for help.
Cars were doing U turns on the streets just to avoid the mob, mostly male. One youth stated his grandfather was white and several assaulted him on the spot. One police officer answered the call. The youth split into two large groups, one heading north, the other south. They were also yelling racial threats to the police officer but he was outnumbered. Another police car did not show up until after the youth finally dispersed and the patty wagon (van) also eventually showed up.
Residents are very shaken, both black and white alike. This is the fifth large mob action in about a month with smaller groups of 10-12 are out threatening children and adults a few evenings a week or later into the night. The times vary, even occuring during the day. In talking to the police officer, they are short staffed. Residents were advised to simply keep inside and to lock their doors. In other words buckle down, it’s not even safe to sit on your porch or go into your yards.
Blogmocracy notes that some of the blacks involved are members of the Gangster Disciples Nation, a well-entrenched black gang headquartered in Chicago.
The Black Peoria blog documents many more outbreaks of black violence beyond the recent month's action, most notably on July 4th, 2009 when 300 people engaged in a massive brawl at the Taft Homes.
On Sunday June 26th, city officials and the Journal Star began damage control operations. The PJ Star said police responded to Thrush on Friday night on a report of fireworks and fighting but found neither of those activities occurring. The group of people dispersed in multiple directions when an officer arrived. No one was arrested. Khalid Davis, who lives on Thrush, said the group blocked a few cars but was very orderly. He witnessed no fights and called the racist allegations a heck of an exaggeration. "If I heard them screaming any such thing, I would have called police immediately," said Davis, 62. Kenny Rogers, who has lived on Sheridan for 10 years, called police Friday after he saw the group hollering and stopping traffic on the street. He did not hear anyone yell that they wanted to kill white people. Rogers says the crowd was running wildly around yards and porches. It was the largest Rogers, 38, had ever seen in the neighborhood. "They were doing a show of force," he said, "to show everybody, 'Hey, this is their hood.'"
Oh, I get it now. So the new school version is that they were merely "high-spirited youfs showing neighborhood pride". Yeah, right.
Then the local nomenklatura began to attack the credibility of the original author of the report, Paul Wilkinson, who is the president of the Altamont Park Neighborhood Association and a reputed eyewitness to the outbreak. Peoria City Councilwoman Barbara Van Auken said she is outraged by Wilkinson's allegations. Van Auken, who has known Wilkinson for six years, claims he's had a history of wildly exaggerating reports, many of them involving race, and that the neighborhood actually has few racial tensions. The mayor basically admits he's clueless.
For his part, Wilkinson defended his actions on Sunday, acknowledging that while the neighborhood has seen its share of problems with drugs and guns in his 11 years there, the problems have visibly increased lately. He insists that police recommended residents stay inside and keep their doors locked.
Considering the record of black violence in Peoria chronicled by the Black Peoria blog over the past three years, I'd be inclined to lean towards Wilkinson's account of events, even if he may have exaggerated a bit. There has been an upsurge in black flash mob activity nationwide, to include a June 21st incident at a Chicago Walgreen's. Commuters and bicyclists on Chicago's Magnificent Mile have been terrorized by violent black teen mobs in recent months. VNN Forum lists other cities where black flash mobs have invaded stores and terrorized people. Stormfront has an interesting analytical thread about black flash mobs. And just this past weekend, there was a fresh series of black-on-white mobbings in Philadelphia.