Chicago mall reopens after 19 teens arrested in melee

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Ford City Mall is open again after a melee that ended with two people injured and 19 teens arrested.

It happened Saturday evening after a promotional appearance by the hip-hop boy band Mindless Behavior. About 1,000 parents and children, mostly girls accompanied by their mothers, showed up for the autograph session.

After the session, several teens started running and yelling through the mall. Police closed the mall and the disturbance continued in the parking lot.

One teen is charged with battery, another with criminal trespassing. Seventeen are charged with mob action.

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    • windy city

      …It was not a "melee", It was the first annual "I hates skool, don't go" parade. I thought it was sponsored by Ford City Mall…

    • John

      This is domestic terrorism! Running the streets like marauders from hell with the sole motive of terrorizing anyone on their path. Take them all to Guantanamo Bay and give them some "water therapy".

  • kirby1414

    If you read some of the other comment sections on other channels – this was much worse than reported -These thug/gansters went to other stores, to cars, etc. It's too bad that Jesse Jackson, Father Pfleiger and the other so called leaders don't step up and hold their people responsible…Can anyone imagine if a bunch of white kids had done damage to some black operated stores??? There would be marchs, the black clergy and all the stops would be pulled out. But this kind of obvious black crime – – Not much is said…The police, the politicians and other blacks are afraid!

    • John

      Absolutely! Some people always use the race card and are delusional to think that society always owes them big-time for whatever history presents.
      This is not only a failure of these kids, but a failure of their families and their communities. Yet they frequentlycry discrimination and neglect from the government and society as a whole. One of the reasons this society suffering right now and will not be able to move forward.

    • retphxfire

      Stop acting like only blacks are gangsters or behave like thugs. White kids just drive up to a black man in a parking lot or walking down the road and shoot him..White kids do attack black homes and businesses, but those reports don't sell newspapers or make the news in mostly white, highly prejudiced markets. You obviously live in one, based on your comments. You also like to ignore what you don't want to know. The midwest is just as racist and bigoted as anywhere in the deep south, you just hide it better in person.

    • chris

      And yet at my school "University of mississippi" we have a "Riot" and people screaming racist words and burning objects and it was actualy only about 2 or 3 drunk people talking burned 1 photo. All the other people were just on the sidewalk taking pictures with their camera.

  • Philip Green

    I saw this and I feel disgust and shame. Where are the parents? Where is the sense in wilding out and causing mayhem. Someone posted a comment on the actual video comparing the Black teens to orangutans and chimpanzees gone wild in a real-life "Plant of the Apes"…my response is that apes don't act with such animalistic behavior as these savages.

  • andre henderson

    Smdh never fails once again some ignorant person has to down talk ” blacks ” let it have been any other race it would have never made the news

    • mary

      maybe if you use your brain, the average American is damn tired of the violence and non guidance and responsibility in the black community

    • kirby1414

      Andre – I am white – and if this had been white kids doing what happened at Ford City Mall – I would be just as angry -BUT! I wouldn't stick up for them or offer excuses…That's where the black leaders fail the people – -They need to be accountable -NO MATTER what color/race/religion!

  • Frank

    Ford city is a disaster area, full of gang bangers and low life"s…..and Phil if u don't want people to call it like it is that's your problem, I mean young black kids acting like animals driven by hate music from black rap group exploiting there own race at its core…it's a joke, it happens all the time, and it needs to stop….and it's not just a black thing, but lets be honest, just aren't any white gangster rap groups out there…these kids need better role models then lil Wayne and Rick Ross

  • Marry R.

    Nothing race motivated? Yeah sure. Happens all the time in the Swedish neighborhoods. Promptly go back and stick your head back in the sand. Meanwhile the rest of us can watch these 'kids' actions thanks to Youtube.

    Nothing racial? At around the 1:46 mark they see a white person when one yells out 'get his white a**' to a cheering crowd. Had the roles been reversed it would have continual coverage on the news. Yeah, nothing racial about that.

    • I'llannoyed

      What is so different about you figuratively yelling, "get their black asses" to a cheering crowd of white-people on a news blog? You are ultimately exhibiting the same behavior.

      • illannoyed

        Did they get the white person in the video at around the 1:46 time-mark? No. So those were just words too. YOUR argument is baseless. Maybe have a look at the evidence and know the facts first before opening your mouth. How dumb are you Lloyd?

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  • sharong4

    The problem is with all of you talking about where are the parents? There were a lot of parents there with their children, but once a child reaches a certain age, they are on their own. And you know it as well as I do. You all also know that Blacks have always been the hind part to whites. That is nothing knew. And no, we shouldn't always use the race card, but when you call a spade a spade, that's just what it is. Blacks may clown, or have fun in different ways, but you can count on 1 hand how many are mass murderers. Remember Emmitt Till, Rosa Parks, the 4 girls that got killed in the church bombings and may I go on. So when you start talking about how Blacks perceive things, when you look back in history, ask yourselves why? Most of you out there commenting might have been a slave owners great grand child.

    • illannoyed

      Thank you for saying what you said in the second half of your comment. Finally, I am so glad to see someone synthesizing knowledge and showing thought here!

    • Justsomeguyontheweb

      Not that I disagree with the general principle behind your post – I don't, in fact I generally agree with you (although my direct ancestors didn't own slaves – I'm sure many of their friends and neighbors did). However, your post is also problematic and full of selective biases – there were literally millions of white Americans that did not own slaves and in fact gave their lives, careers, and in some cases life savings to bring freedom to slaves.

      There are likewise, many whites who have been murdered while working in support of inner city communities – killed by black gang members and drug dealers that didn't want white people 'in their business' – so you don't have "racially motivated murder" and/or martyrdom exclusively either.

      And if you include the number of recidivist murderers of African American decent – I think you must have a pretty big hand if it's got that many fingers on it.

    • Jer

      You had me right up there until the second half. Then you just started excusing bad behavior. Yes racism is horribe, yes it has impact on how thing are seen. But this had nothing to do with any of that. This is a total lack of respect for others and the law. They were not potesting any wrong here, preceived or real. I don't care what sex orrace you might be. You have to folloe the laws and act like good people. Excusing this baced on race is as bad as blamibg it on race.

  • AnMDBCartoon

    I happen to be of mixed race parental heritage, as is The P.O.T.U.S.

    And *I* have to say just 3 words regarding that puerile display of idiocy, as expressed by the ruffians in question – and it is REGARDLESS of 'race' or 'ethnicity' ..

    3 Words : Lock And Load.

  • Kay

    I Dont Understand why whites always gotta pull the race card and talk s*** about Black people. First off, we all Are not the same. Second instead of tryin to justify why Blacks act the way they do, worry about yourselves. You and your 2 cent not doing anything about the situations. So save it. Its not like you live here, wake up everyday here, gotta raise your kids here, hell even gotta pay taxes here. So y are you worried about whats going on here. Instead talking down on us, try some damn encouragement. Im tired of going through different stories about Blacks or Chicago, and its always a race thing. But stories about a white kid killing his family, or white kid kills innocent kids, and you racist people have NO Comments. If you dont know, We black people do not care what you honkies think of us. Cause despite what you say or think, we still have to live our everyday life. So screw All of u and whoever dont like what my post is saying! Now talk bout that!

    • kirby1414

      Kay – I would be just as upset if this had been white kids – – I just think that WHOEVER did the deed needs to stand up and own it. Restitution should be made – if a car was damaged – if a store was damaged – WHOEVER these kids are – They/their parents/whoever needs to make it right!

      • Kay

        I agree with you 100%. Im just tired of people always judging black people because the action of 1 black person. Say a white person commits a crime, just because your the same race of have the same skin color as them does it mean your accountable for that person actions? Or you should be placed judgement because of them? Its not fair and we are never going to win. I know Blacks do this and that, but we all are not the same. Me personally I think its very childish what they did. And im not making any excuses or saying its alright. Im just saying just because of their careless actions, don't target us all.

      • illannoyed

        Well then, watch some old videos of Nazis and come to comclusions about what white people do in mobs. Those videos speak for themselves and there were way more whites gathered to destroy people than there were blacks in this video. You must be so glad we defeated Hitler and the ideals of racism. Surprised?

    • jeff

      watch you p and q's…… your own attitude will destroy you…….. no need for a race card.. its all in your ego that one devours himself to do wrong and wind up on the news

    • Enrique

      Blacks are more entertaining than whites when they ram a rapper’s Masarati in retaliation. They’re a hoot when they flash-mob the Footlocker for $210 sneakers. Derogatory basketball remarks are always good for a chuckle.

  • John Pope

    "Nothing racial? At around the 1:46 mark they see a white person when one yells out 'get his white a**' to a cheering crowd. That, then, constitutes a hate crime. If it were white kids who said, "Get his black ass," would be the same. These kids are the next rapists and murderers. This is just their training ground.

  • No Mercy

    Are the racial slurs really necessary? Say what you will about them being black and the double standards involved in racism but I shake my head at the slurs I see people posting. You're just as ignorant as them.

  • Civil More

    Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

    "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

    "That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States."

    Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:
    Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

    And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

    And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

    And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

    And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

    In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

    Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.

  • andre henderson

    Wow listen to all the racist on here but hey i guess its alright to rape ur own family members and kill a large innocent number of kids in the white communties lol fucken dumb ass’s

  • andre henderson

    Oh yea to all the blacks moving to the westwoods watch your children white males if you ever came to my neighborhood looking at kids trust & believe it will be ur last look

  • Joe

    I get the biggest kick out of people trying to defend blacks on this by trying to use mass killings by whites in comparison. A couple more fun comparisons for you:
    1. There are 5 times as many black males in prison than white males.
    2. In 2010, 447 whites were murdered by blacks, while 218 blacks were mudered by whites.
    3. My personal favorite: As of 2010, blacks made up 57.9% of all serial killers in the US.
    Bear in mind that whites make up 64% of the US population while blacks make up 17%

    But hey, you're not ALL bad, right?

  • andre henderson

    Correction silly fuck there are more black males in college than prison unless they live in. chicago and get accused of every damn crime in the city so therefore get off ur kkk website getting ur stats

    • Mark

      Actually you're wrong. Notice the sites cited. Nothing in even the slightest way is tied to any kkk-type website. Unless you consider the FBI a white supremacist organization, which you probably do along with any other organization that isn't headed by Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.