St. Louis Police Trying to Crack Down on Teen ‘Fight Teams’

Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 24, 2015

Back-to-back weekends of violence erupting among groups of juveniles meeting up to fight at high-profile attractions are prompting police to pressure parents to keep their teenagers in line or face consequences themselves.

Reports of fights involving teenage “fight teams” on the St. Louis Zoo grounds forced an early closing March 15. Twenty minutes later, two teens were arrested for fighting near the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink station, after one person briefly wound up on the tracks.

Then, on Saturday night, a group of about 20 to 30 juveniles and young adults clashed briefly with protesters; several shots were fired in the Delmar Loop.


In all, police have arrested about 15 juveniles connected to the violence of the past two weekends, said Lt. Janice Bockstruck, commander of the city’s juvenile division.

Bockstruck stopped short of calling the fight teams “gangs.”

“These are young kids getting together in a group and taking disputes–sometimes girl fights or normal everyday school disagreements–and exploding it over social media to the point where it escalates and they end up meeting and fighting,” she said.

So along with added police presence in the affected areas, Bockstruck said she is sending detectives to the homes of the teens who have been arrested to make parents aware of services that could address problems in the family and to put those parents on notice: If your child is arrested again, you will receive a summons for contributing to the delinquency of a minor by allowing them to engage in behavior that is harmful to their health and welfare.


The Saturday night disruptions flared after a peaceful demonstration on Delmar.

University City Police Capt. Michael Ransom emphasized that the activists bringing attention to issues raised in Ferguson were not a party to the violence.

Rather, he said, “The kids took to the streets reacting to the protest.” He characterized the spasm of fistfights and gunplay Saturday as a “flare-up” of disturbances like those two years ago that resulted in the installation of security cameras, a temporary curfew and an increased weekend police presence.

Tension rose as a group of 25 to 50 Ferguson activists concluded a peaceful sidewalk march at the intersection of Delmar and Skinker boulevards.

According to one demonstrator, the protest was disrupted when a teen stole a cellphone from a demonstrator and fled down a side street. The ensuing ruckus drew the attention of about 150 to 200 teens who had gathered in the Loop on a warm Saturday night.

One group moved eastward, into the city and past Skinker.

Ransom said those who remained on the University City side of Delmar engaged in “sporadic fighting,” and at least one gunshot rang out on the opposite side of Skinker.

St. Louis police arrested a juvenile after seeing a muzzle flash near the Pageant theater.


Ransom and Weiss said the power of social media in drawing large numbers of teens to a specific location cannot be discounted.

The use of direct, private messages among teens can frustrate law enforcement efforts to track Facebook and Twitter traffic. Those messages can create “flash mobs,” Ransom said.


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  • Oil Can Harry

    This is considered normal behavior in Africa- except there they’d jump on camels and zebras instead of cars.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Also known to hack off meat from those live camels and zebras with a machete, in case dey be hungray, dawg!

    • Robert Smith

      Apparently they do some gorilla jumping too.

      • John Smith

        Breeding up?

    • dukem1

      In other words, a class three chimpout.

  • Bockstruck stopped short of calling the fight teams “gangs.”

    In my day, we did call them “gangs.”

    Ransom and Weiss said the power of social media in drawing large numbers of teens to a specific location cannot be discounted.

    QD says that the power of the MetroLink (MissingLink) to transport large numbers of (black) teens to a specific location cannot be discounted.

    The use of direct, private messages among teens can frustrate law enforcement efforts to track Facebook and Twitter traffic. Those messages can create “flash mobs,” Ransom said.

    Social networking doesn’t make yoots smarter or better, it just makes social networks more yooty.

    • Speedy Steve

      From now on I will be sure to refer to them as Yoofus; rhymes with Rufus, and less so with Shitavious.

      • Spikeygrrl

        Also rhymes with “Goofus,” the teenage ill-mannered, inconsiderate cartoon antithesis to the teenage polite, civilized cartoon “Gallant” in those wonderful National Scholastic Magazines. NO CHANCE anything like that could even get published today, let alone become so popular.

        GAWD I’m old. 😛

    • Anon Wyatt

      Ha! “Mo’ Yooty!!!”
      Gonna have to liberate that from ya!

    • Alden

      Then it is all the fault of evil Whites. Not only did we invent twitter, Facebook, IPhones and computers we also invented the streets, cars and buses the thugs used to gather.

      As a social justice warrior I acknowledge my guit and grovel in shame that my race enabled these innocent children to get together to fight and assault each other

    • ElComadreja

      That was my first thought. Is this the new PC term for gangs or mobs?

  • AmericanCitizen

    These types of incidents are only going to increase in number as spring warms up the ghettos. Black teens are feeling bold and law enforcement is hesitant. Bad combination as the MSM waits with baited breath for another Saint Michael Brown to commit a crime, get killed for his actions, and be placed on the pedestal of Twenty-First Century Civil Rights Heroes.

    Side note: This shows how pathetic Blacks truly are at this point. They can only find public martyrs amongst the thug element of their population. MLK and Rosa Parks would be sickened more than race realists are at the way the American Black has regressed in the last 25 or so years.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      No…Parks & King would secretly be cheering them on.

      • Jedediah Morningside

        No kidding. If those FBI tapes, “Marilyn, Martin, and John” were ever unsealed…

        • bilderbuster

          You know J. Edgar/Mary had to be bugging Malcolm too.

    • Rhialto

      The Obama administration will be in power for the next 21 months (and 2 summers). So expect much more youthy exuberance between now and the inauguration of H. Rodham-Clinton or her clone.

    • Ashlar

      MLK was a hood rat just like Obama. Plagiarized over half his dissertation, so I will not call him a doctor.

      • John Smith

        At least it was written in English, which is better than the new crop of knee-grows can do.

    • ElComadreja

      MLK, Rosa Parks and all the rest of these black “heroes” are just as bad as the rest.

    • Exactly. The humanoids are emboldened by recent events and they sense weakness. Their blood is up. Gosh, I hope and pray this nation can survive the last two years of these clowns in this administration.

  • superlloyd

    Where these Amish or Mormons? More Newspeak from the MSM

    • Alexandra1973


  • Biff_Maliboo

    High-spirited, exuberant yoofs.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Dey din do nuffins!

  • BoycottFoxNews

    The natives are restless.

    • Speedy Steve

      How many bongo players were hurt?

  • George Costanza

    Where are all those automatic weapons these bleeding hearts keeping complaining about? I mean this would be a perfect opportunity to use one.

    • BoycottFoxNews

      Art Vandelay

      • George Costanza

        Serenity now…Insanity later…

        • shatwood


        • BoycottNewsCorp

          Lloyd Braun

          • George Costanza

            Hello Mr. Fanerman!! Ya wanna buy a computer!!?? NO!? WHY NOT!!??

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      If Whites were 1/10 as racist as blacks claim, there’d be 15 dead instead of 15 arrested.

      • ElComadreja

        A shame we’re not.

  • TruthBeTold

    Google: Gutter Block Goon gang

    AR will be reporting this story tomorrow.

    • John Smith

      Penultimate word should have a “C.”

    • It looks like that one is going federal, as well, due to “straw man” purchases of firearms. Conspiracy charges will doubtless also apply. No parole in the feds for any cases after 1986.

  • Jason Lewis

    I find it fitting they do it on zoo grounds.

    • SentryattheGate

      Is there still no admission charge to that world-famous zoo? I remember the discussion many years ago re. that, but the good-hearted sentiment won out; saying that everyone could enjoy the zoo. BUT, that results in roving gangs ruining a day at the zoo, w/their kids, and endangering the good folks!

      • John Smith

        The wildlife isn’t just in the cages anymore. It was free when I was a kid, but it was also still nice.

  • Donald

    It’s going to be one hell of a summer.

  • LHathaway

    The police have decided to crack down on this behavior; blacks are fighting other blacks.

    • John Smith

      If it doesn’t affect white people….

  • shatwood

    Ugh. My friend and his wife used to live just a few blocks from where the fighting broke out in the Loop. Thankfully he moved out about six months ago to The Hill much farther south of the Loop.

    • Quido

      Tower Grove Park is still pretty nice without trouble, right?

      • shatwood

        Haven’t been down there in a few years. I also have family in that area, and friends who play kickball down there at the park. Granted that’s during the morning, but I believe it’s still a safe enough place.

  • I like how the media have taken to calling them “juveniles,” like specimens in a nature documentary. I suppose that isn’t totally inaccurate.

    • Speedy Steve

      Upon assuming the age of majority– 18. They can be tried as adults and be given 3 hots and a cot for a few years. Knee Grow early retirement.

  • Capn Dad

    Many years ago we often took our two sons to the St Louis Zoo….the Marlin Perkins of Wild Kingdom fame. It was a pleasant safe place for a young family of four. Not anymore I guess. Diversity= Suicide.

    • John Smith

      It was a great zoo and I didn’t even live there as a kid when my folks took me clear across the state to visit. IIRC, they had a white tiger-striped kiddie train.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    America is looking more like Africa and the third world everyday.

    • John Smith

      Just like its president.

    • ElComadreja

      The transformation is almost complete in many areas.

  • Alden

    What’s happened? Have the Whites just stopped going to events and even public spaces like parks and rec centers? Have Whites been driven from public transportation as well?
    Obviously the blacks have no other race to attack and are attacking each other

    Can’t say this is a bad thing

  • inotherwords

    More gang violence, or did black people just invent a new, stupid, and violent thing?

    • InAFreeCountry

      The media just found a new name for it, is all.

  • inotherwords

    Right now Trayvon is down there somewhere upset that he missed out on this “team fighting”.

  • bubo

    This is a black only phenomenon, no matter how much the leftists say it isn’t.

  • Oh Dear

    The right thing to do at that St Louis Zoo incident would have been to free the animals and cage the black teens. Nothing like a little Graybar Hotel to keep the streets peaceful.

    • Spikeygrrl

      Why take up already overcrowded prison space paid for with taxpayer dollars? Why not just confine those high-spirited “yoofs” in the zoo’s primate house? They’ll be fed kibble and bruised fruit (much healthier than what they now eat by choice), permitted to wear falling-off pants no pants at all, and have their fun all day long screeching and flinging excrement at Whites.

      “See, son, those are homo afro-americanus. I know it sounds crazy, but not too long ago we actually treated them like Humans….”

      • John Smith

        Curb stomp them all like “American History X.”

        • Spikeygrrl

          Edward Norton is way up there on my list of great contemporary American film actors(*). He bulked up 40 lbs of solid muscle for that role.

          Although I would NEVER sympathize with a real-life version of the scene you mention, the basketball war for “turf” gets me out of my chair and cheering every time I see it (I own the DVD, of course). And what star turns in supporting roles by both Stacy Keach and Fairuza Balk!

          But back to the curbside stomping scene. A woman would have to be made of stone not to get all sweaty when the shirtless, newly muscled-up Norton puts his hands behind his head and kneels to police. Not only is his torso “slammin,” but that slow, bring-it-on smile and those icey eyes…!

          (*) When the Fight Club film came out, one of my female friends said, with baffled irritation, “Every other woman sees that movie and gets a crush on Brad Pitt. Spike sees that movie and gets a crush on Edward Norton.” ROTFL!

          • John Smith

            Too bad he’s a liberal douche in RL.

          • Spikeygrrl

            No kidding. Ditto Kevin Spacey. He’s not just a political wingnut, he’s an unpleasant person overall.

            WHY does that continue to surprise me even when I spent much of my career rubbing shoulders with REAL celebrities whose positions resulted from being genuinely talented (not just “famous for being famous”)?

            Even some genuinely talented stars are rotten Human beings. I could name names, but what purpose would that serve.

          • Spikey, also Liam Neeson as an actor i like, and has
            all these big action gun flicks lately, like Taken. But in real
            life, is a anti-gun person. Thinks law-abiding Americans have too many firearms, and said recent, we need to give them up because
            where evil.

          • Alden

            I can’t stand the taken films. They are the same film over and over,same script, same characters.
            I used to like Neilson but the geriatric action hero thing gets old old old

          • John Smith

            Odds are good Spacey is queer too, but there’s just not enough information to pin it down, only peripheral events that seem strange for a straight male.

          • Spikeygrrl

            My first criterion of judgment is, “Is he good, and kind, and moral?”

            Spacey does not seem so to me.

            Only then do I wonder “why?”.

            Almost all open homosexuals I have ever met and worked with for the past 30+ years — WAY more, proportionality, in the creative professions than elsewhere — had a chip on their shoulders about the STILL predominately White, northern European culture which STILL rejects them. That can make some serious trouble when they try to fit into normatively heterosexual society.

            My personal opinion is that homosexuals should be tolerated — but NOT lionized! — if they just keep their dysfunctional lifestyle choice PRIVATE.

            Don’t ask, don’t tell.

      • Oh Dear

        Yes, that’s the Graybar Hotel I was talking about here!

  • InAFreeCountry

    “[T]he protest was disrupted when a teen stole a cellphone from a demonstrator and fled down a side street.”
    Tears are rolling from my eyes from laughter. Oh, the irony. “Hands up, don’t shoot! Black lives matter! Hey, that nigga done stole my sail foam!”

  • Ashlar

    I would love to see an estimate of how much more money taxpayers fork over to have more police specifically because of black crime. I have a theory that if it were just whites, we would need like ten or twenty cops.

  • Hammerheart

    I’m sure the ACLU will find some way to accuse law enforcement of infringing upon their rights if they actually manage to stop this behavior. White law enforcement be invalidating our cultural impetus and expression, dawg.

  • model1911

    “Bockstruck stopped short of calling the fight teams “gangs.”
    He also stopped short of calling what they really are.

  • rentslave

    They need to make a new movie titled “St.Louis Blacks”.

  • Snazzy Snook

    I don’t get it.. ??? Why would the police or anyone for that matter even bother with this? I say let then go at each other till death.. Who the hell really cares about a bunch of negros dead,and being killed by each other ?

    It boggles my mind why the police even care..

    • None of them ever pay their emergency room bills, which causes hospitals to raise their rates for humans.

      • Alexandra1973

        We get hit in the pocketbook no matter what thanks to that bunch.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Does this activity include a dance-off competition too?

  • Alexandra1973

    Very likely a future member of the Nicole Simpson Sisterhood….

    • Spaniard in LA

      Hopefully Karthrasian goes out the same way.

  • ElComadreja

    Republicans don’t get it at all.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      They are not called Neo-tards for nothing.


  • This disruption forced the closure of the St. Louis Zoo early? Did I read that right? Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up!

    • Puggg

      Yeah really, I can imagine the animals looking at this going on and looking at each other as if to say: We’re the ones in cages?