Fights Interrupt Fireworks Display

WALB 10 (Albany, GA), July 4, 2012

Albany Police suspended the July 4th fireworks show Wednesday night because they say a series of fights put families, who were there to enjoy a night of fun, in danger.

Chief John Proctor said a number of fights broke out in the Turtle Park area where many people gathered to watch the fireworks show. He said it became a safety and crowd control issue, and police officers made the decision to suspend the fireworks.

About 10:45 p.m., the Chief told WALB News Ten the area had been cleared. A few minutes later, Capt. Reginald Brown told us the fireworks show did resume, although few people were there to see the end of it.

The Chief said APD had 85 officers assigned to the event. He said there was no gunfire and there’s no indication that gangs were involved. Proctor blamed the problems on juveniles who were downtown without any adult supervision.

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[Editor’s Note: According to the 2010 census, Albany, GA is 71.6 percent black and 25.2 percent white.]


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  • The fact that 85 officers had to be assigned to what should have been a festive celebration of our Independence, speaks volumes about diversity and the “joys” it brings with it.

  • They weren’t celebrating, they were fighting!

  • Detroit_WASP

    As always, steer clear of FREE events….for the obvious reasons. 

  • Detroit_WASP

    Was that 1991 beating in Detroit by chance?  We ALSO had a white woman beaten and robbed in a Detroit street event many years ago….don’t remember if it was the 4th of July or not.  Anyway, she was also beaten by twin black females.   The twins were known as “double trouble” in the hood.  It was a big stink in the media for about a week.

    But I know Coleman Young was still the mayor so I THINK it was b/4 1991.  How funny that we had the same thing happen.

  • JohnEngelman

    When I was a juvenile I did not need adult supervision. I did not want to behave that way. 

  • mikejones91

    Someone please tell me when it ends! Does it ever? Did poverty cause this? They were so impoverished that after paying to get into the park/buying food/Newports/pre-game beer/liquor the dark reality of white on black oppression began to sink in causing them to “ch**p out”. Maybe the words of P Diddy/Biggie could ring true for the believers of the poverty ALWAYS equates to crime myth. “More money, more problems.” Sure, poverty causes crime, but no at THIS level. Look at NYC during the depression. Yes there was crime, but nothing compares to current day urban America. Maybe ww2. Poverty can cause crime, but poverty doesn’t force you pull a trigger. Flash mob/Hate crimes/Shoot one another over Kool aid recipe (yes that happened) 

  • MekongDelta69

    He said there was no gunfire and there’s no indication that gangs were involved.

    Even the reporting has gone beyond never mentioning the race of ‘da youts’. It’s become SO blase and matter of fact.

    “Oh well, no gunfire this time. *yawn* ‘Youfs will be youfs’. Move along [civilized] people, move along.”

  • Chocolate City St. Louis:

    The way I figure, if you’re a black ghetto thug, and you want to shoot someone, there are two good times to do it, and they’re on book ends of the year to each other:

    First is the evening of July 4.  Everyone will be shooting off fireworks, the cops and paramedics will be too busy responding to fireworks injuries, and the sound of you shooting your gun will be indistinguishable from fireworks, and nobody will care.

    Second is after the stroke of midnight at the New Year.  Every bell curve idiot is shooting off their guns, so feh, what’s another gunshot.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    An excellent point.

    “Once again black comedian Chris Rock who is a former Saturday Night Live performer is being criticized for inciting racism with his alleged humor. Most recently, Rock referred to the Fourth of July as “White People’s Day”.

    • I approve.  The more openly oppositional blacks are, the better.  Blacks aren’t really dangerous until they start dressing up in business suits and yammering about integration and civil rights.  The more “other-ish” they are, the easier it is for us to see them in, as Martin Buber said, an “I-Thou” relationship.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    It is so confusing to me that an adult (21) has to be “axed” to move from the street so cars can pass, then assaults a officer when she has to be physically moved. They are truly the White mans burden for all time.

    • vanderwater

       Not sure where you are at in California, but I live in the South Bay (So. Cal). I just stay home on the 4th. Since most of the 4th celebrations around Los Angeles were canceled due to cost and violence, all of the inner city residents descend upon our city. I no longer can take my son to see fireworks, due to the unsavory element. 

      • Isn’t that horrible? You have to tell your children they can’t see fireworks or go trick-or-treating. What do you say when they ask why? I’m glad I was able to do such things when I was young, but my city has gotten to the point where most people don’t anymore, just too dangerous.

        Someone was shot and killed down the street from my house on the 4th. It was a hit, they use the fireworks to mask the gunshots. They were white (drug dealers, possibly Hell’s Angels), so no children were accidentally shot.

  • Albany is not unlike many Southern cities of moderate size.  Blacks were expected about 5 decades ago to act civily when in the presence of white people. Even then they were not allowed in most places that whites gathered, no rules on that it just was expected. With the civil rights movement or as most of us understand it, removal of all controls on a race that has no self-control, blacks began to show up where none were before:  pools, parks, beaches, hotels, restaurants, etc. The white world at first resisted but the heavy hand of the goverment brought that to an end. The next logical action was to move away, white flight to the suburbs. This is the story of Albany and other places. We simply left the urban core and the schools and the pools and the parks to the blacks. And now as the economy has faltered for years, the ability of whites to carry the taxation to care, clothe, feed, etc. the blacks and still maintain our separate world cannot continue. The whites attending this event knew who would be there and what would happen, were they cash-strapped that they couldn’t provide a celebration in their neighborhood or travel to one safer? I wonder for that is what I did, the family left our city to travel to a smaller and in the country town that is mostly white. We support the town by eating in a restraurant and buying some other items. It was just as I remember it 50 years ago, folks enjoying the celebration and when we left, the announcer thanked us and said, “you’all don’t forget to help us keep the litter down to a minimum, thanks and have a safe drive home.” And there just about wasn’t a scrap of anything left on the park grounds.

  • anarchyst

    It’s the defective black pathology that fuels the violence that is endemic and part of black culture.
    Being “disrespected” calls for immediate action, by fists, knife or gun.  Everywhere blacks congregate, there is violence.
    In Florida, “young master trayvon” felt that he was disrespected by neighborhood watchman Mr. Zimmerman for asking about his “business” being in that neighborhood.  Any ordinary (non-black) person would have explained that he had relatives in the neighborhood and would have been on his way, but not “young master trayvon”.  In order to regain his “respect” “young master trayvon” was “forced” (by his defective black pathology) to jump Mr. Zimmerman and attempt to murder him.
    In a related note, it is no surprise that many towns and cities “close up shop” when black college students “celebrate” their “spring break” week.  It is just not worth it to cater to this naturally violent segment of American “society”.  It is far better to “go on vacation” than to deal with the unruly and violent black hordes.

  • The__Bobster

    Gee, that must’ve been an isolated incident. The movies tell us that Bantus are peaceful intellectuals. Let’s check to see if monkeyshines broke out anywhere else around the nation:

    4 shot in July 4th incidents in West Palm Beach
    Police say a 40-year-old woman and three teenagers were shot two blocks away from each other during Fourth of July celebrations in West Palm Beach.
    By The Associated Press Thursday, July 5, 2012, 1:04 PM

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police say a woman was struck by a stray bullet and three teens were shot a short time later during Fourth of July celebrations in West Palm Beach.

    Police spokesman Allen Ortman says the 40-year-old woman was shot in the chest at Coleman Park about 10 p.m. Wednesday as she celebrated with her family. The teens were shot about an hour later two blocks away.

    Quincy police: Man arrested after July 4 fireworks attacks

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Quincy police say they’ve arrested a man for using fireworks to attack residents and police officers on the Fourth of July.

    Police say they responded to the Gadsden Arms Apartments on 427 South Stewart Street at 10:34 p.m. after they received complaints that fireworks were being thrown at residents and their apartments.

    When they arrived, police say they were ambushed by several suspects, who threw fireworks at them and their vehicles. Some explosives went underneath the cars, detonating with such force that it shook the entire vehicle.

    Northwest D.C. shootings kill two, injures four
    Updated: July 5, 2012 – 08:39 am

    The peace and innocence of a Fourth of July night in the nation’s capital was tragically shattered as suspects opened fire in a Northwest D.C. neighborhood, killing two people and wounding four others.

    Police were called to the 100 block of Gallatin Street NW at 8 p.m. Wednesday for report of a shooting, police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says.

    Four people were shot behind a shopping center on New Hampshire Avenue – one of them died.Crump said the victims were all males, with injuries ranging from minor to serious. Crump adds two of the victims are under 18 and two are over the age of 18.

    Graduate, Matt Shaw, killed in night of shooting chaos
    By Shayna Jacobs / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, July 5, 2012, 9:15 PM

    Twenty-one people were shot during a 24-hour period ending early Thursday, including a city cop who survived and a recent college graduate killed by a stray bullet.

    Matt Shaw, 21, who graduated from LeMoyne College in upstate New York in May, went to a store for a snack about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Then he chatted with friends on E. 130th St. near Lexington Ave.

  • vladdy1

    Gee, we used to go out without adult supervision all the time when I was a teen-ager.We would have throught it ridiculous to need “adult supervision” unless it was something like Mom checking the rec room periodically during a party. That’s a pretty flimsy excuse there, pardner.

  • Detroit_WASP

    LOL…..I remember Coleman Young did his own “investigation” on this.  Not the Detroit police…..Coleman Young did the investigation… was all over the news. 

    PS….we no longer have the ethinc festivals at Hart Plaza.  They ruined that too.
    Avoid free events!!!