Fireworks Show Lacked Safety Plan

Michael Meeks, The Columbus Dispatch, July 7, 2012

During the 2012 Red, White & Boom celebration, there were dozens of police officers at the fireworks. Most of these officers were clumped in bunches near the Scioto River and simply watched the fireworks along with the hundreds of thousands of spectators.

After the show ended and people started walking back to their cars, things turned violent. A gang of approximately 30 black youths (both male and female) started walking and running down Broad Street and randomly assaulted white people—old people, children, women.

I was first aware of the violence in front of the church at the corner of Third and Broad streets. One block east of there, a man crossed the street through the traffic holding his crying son. They clearly had been assaulted. When others asked if they were OK, he said, “No, we’re not OK; we got separated from my wife and daughter, and they’re still over there.”

Finally, two Columbus officers were seen slowly walking toward the scene of this violence. At this point, the black youths crossed the street to the opposite side of the officers and started randomly attacking more white people on the north side of Broad Street. I know; I was assaulted by five different youths.

At this time, the police meandered to our side of the street. Some of us went to the officers and said, “Do something, innocent people are getting assaulted right here on Broad Street.” One officer replied, “We don’t have enough officers.” After seeing the dozens of officers near the riverfront, I went home feeling this officer’s answer was a poor one.



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  •  When blacks show up, all the safety planning in the world is worthless.

    • ageofknowledge


  • JackKrak

    As long as the “safety plan” doesn’t involve a strict “NO BLACKS” policy, there’s going to be trouble no matter what.

  • Word of advice to whitey, when cops say they can’t protect you because they don’t have enough “manpower” it might be time to arm yourself and take action to protect yourself and your family. Of course, if this action resulted in the death of one of the black thugs you can bet that the black race hustlers will be demanding charges against the white who had the gall to defend himself and his family.

  • APaige

    1.Safety Plan= more police and/or less black people. (I prefer the latter, since the former as this story shows can/will not help.)
    2.I am shocked (not that this happened), but the actual words used in print. “Black”, instead of ‘youths’, “assaulted”, instead of ‘confronted’, “white people”,’instead of ‘innocent bystanders’.
    3. The police are there to protect the guilty from the innocent. Blacks always complain about the police, but they are lucky whites are forced to rely on the police for protection.

  • sarah stein

    The police have been instructed to arrest only concealed carrying whites that defend themselves, and to only shadow but not arrest blacks.  They are instructed to shadow the blacks to catch any whites defending themselves.  The purpose is to Zimmerman whites.

  • haroldcrews

    Evidently a consensus is building that it was the police departments fault and not the fault of the black thugs assaulting people.  Strange world.

  • Strider73

    Isn’t it amazing how the police never seem to have enough manpower to do what they’re supposedly paid to do, but always have enough for speed traps, “DUI checkpoints” (polite term for organized harassment/intimidation of innocent drivers) and the like.

    • Pinching N’Deshawntavious and his gang for a mahogany mob won’t bring any new revenue to the city which employs the cops.  Giving people speeding tickets brings in a lot of money in a hurry.

      • mikebowen55

        That’s why I refer to them as ‘Revenue Enhancement Mercenaries’.

  • “During the 2012 Red, White & Boom celebration, there were dozens of police officers at the fireworks. Most of these officers were clumped in bunches near the Scioto River and simply watched the fireworks along with the hundreds of thousands of spectators.”

    Do you see? It was the fault of the police! Apparently they should have known there would be trouble. (Then again, isn’t that racial profiling?).

    When it comes to blacks, it’s a lose-lose, no win situation.

  • JohnEngelman

    Warning against this kind of thing is why John Derbyshire got fired. 

  • Having lived in Columbus, only stupid people go downtown for ANYTHING  at night. 

  • Jesse_from_Sweden

    I suspect “yellow” in this case refers to lack of courage, rather than skin color…

    So you are right, they are attacking you because you are unarmed and unable to fight back.

  • Don’t forget, Derbyshire got fired for pointing this out.