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UPDATE: Harrowing video shows cyclist assault on Guilford Avenue

April 14, 2014
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Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 11.18.12 AMA video uploaded to YouTube by user Michael Bowman shows a group assault on Bowman as he rode his bicycle north on Guilford Avenue, a designated cycling boulevard. Just after Bowman passes the Copycat Building, there’s a crashing sound, apparently the breaking of a bottle thrown at Bowman, and then a group riding southbound on the street appears to knock him over before taking swings shortly before the video cuts off.

Here’s Bowman’s description:

“Recorded on 4/12/14. Attacked by a group of teenagers on the bike route on the 1600-1700 block of Guilford Ave. You can hear when they threw a bottle at me from behind and then see when I try to grab my lock as a last resort as they started to attack, but dropped it. Grabbed it before they did. Only damage was to my thumb when they stomped it. Took punches, but they must have hit my helmet, because I don’t have any marks. Camera cuts out at the end around this time. On the ground I started yelling “help help help”. Residents started coming out and a distant siren scared them off. Called 911 after and met with an officer a few minutes later.”

The full video is below:

UPDATE: Local bike advocacy group Bikemore (disclosure: the group was founded and is run by my roommate, Chris Merriam) has issued a statement on the attack, quoted in full here:

As we posted earlier today, another person was attacked while riding his bicycle this past weekend on Guilford Avenue in Greenmount West. Attacks like this have been reported sporadically over the past few years — not just on people riding bicycles, but people walking as well — usually along Guilford Avenue and Charles Street between Mount Royal Avenue and 25th Street.

These incidents do not represent the actions of all Baltimore City youth. Many City youth ride bikes for transportation or otherwise get around Baltimore peacefully, and many engage in positive after-school bicycle activities like the Baltimore Bike Experience at Digital Harbor High School and Baltimore Bike Party.

The only way to know what motivated the specific group of youth who appear on the video is to ask them, but we suspect that if Baltimore had more productive adult supervision and more safe places for youth to learn and engage in positive activities, this incident would not have occurred.

Obviously, there must be consequences for assaulting another human being, but we should also use this unfortunate event as an opportunity to teach young people the impact of their actions and address the underlying causes of the assault.

Bikemore is actively engaging with the police and community leaders to ensure the neighborhoods along the Guilford Avenue Bike Boulevard are safe for commuters and residents alike, regardless of one’s chosen mode of transportation. We hope this incident promotes a constructive dialogue about increased after-school and evening opportunities for youth in our city.

If you would like to be part of this dialogue, please feel free to contact us.

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  • Rig P

    That’s why you always carry your glock. They wouldn’t dare do that shit if they thought there were 15 bullets waiting for them.

  • William

    yeah, because when you are riding a bike you have your gun in hand or readily accessible. moron.

  • Rig P

    Uh, maybe you don’t know anything about guns. I’ve had them readily accessible on motorcycles and bicycles.

  • dooder

    White privilege permeates this piece. They are poor, forsaken youth, unable to get a decent education in the crumbling schools, and they receive no reparations for generations of oppression. Next time I suggest you immediately fall down, strike a submissive pose, and apologize for all of your crimes against their humanity.

  • Sebastian Sassi

    I used to carry on my bike when I was the rare Baltimoron with a carry permit. I’m sure William isn’t thinking very clearly today.

  • Johnny

    And then you go to prison for carrying a loaded gun outside your home in Baltimore city. Good idea.

  • Sebastian Sassi

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the good guys didn’t have to worry about that, and the bad guys did?

  • Rig P

    Baltimore isn’t that stupid yet. You can carry a weapon with an appropriate permit still. Honestly, unless law enforcement actually steps up there are definitely large parts of the city I wouldn’t dare go to unless armed. If people really refute this I’d give you a list of addresses to prove your point.

    It seems like the largest initiatives are to keep the areas where money lives safe and to hell with the rest. I’d rather give something up in the wealthier areas to make the city more uniformly safe. If you listen to the folks that live in the hard hit areas they simply feel like they have no damn choice but to live that life. A little enforcement and support would go a long way.

  • Johnny

    That’s BS. The answer to white privilege and systematic racial injustice is not to just beat up a random white dude. These kids are not going to have a better shot in life by perpetrating actions that only stand to stoke more racial divisions. This is quite possibly one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read, and that’s saying something.

  • rwakeman

    Oh my god, no! Not a white person!!! Seriously, try reporting this story when it happens to someone who isn’t white sometime.

  • dooder

    I’d do a few months of a firearm charge if I could take out of few of these sh-ts first. I live a few blocks north. These aholes are out all summer doing this stuff. I used to carry an empty S.O.B. holster (because the two assaults, 3 attempted breakins and 26 years of firearms experience are not enough to warrent a precious carry permit). Three years ago I was surrounded by a couple sprogs testing their manhood, and just reaching for the holster was enough to convince them to go be animals somewhere else. But now, I break the law everyday… one in the chamber and safety off.

  • Johnny

    Yeah, good luck getting that permit. I’ve tried. Baltimore City makes it really hard to get a carry permit. You have to show evidence of a recent assault, or carry more than $10k to the bank for a business nightly. Do you know that many people that meet those requirements?

    If they had a more sane policy for concealed carry, then that would be a different story.

    And I’m unsure that more guns is the answer to Baltimore city’s problem (and I’m a gun owner). This city has a pretty sordid racial history being on the edge of the confederacy, and since the 60s the city gov’t has pretty much given up on large swathes of the city. People need to be given a reason to not go out and do dumb stuff like this. That involves better education and access to jobs. People need something that they’re afraid to lose. I agree with you that we should focus on making the entire city safer rather than creating green zones, but I’d be very wary of toting a gun like it’s the wild west. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t fare too well in prison (and nor would I).

  • the truth

    Are fucking Kidding me, they should be arrested for hate crime and like any white person would be. Just because they are poor black youths it is ok? No matter how bad of a situtation you were born in, you should have a sense of right and wrong. This is wrong black, white, pink or whatever. These kids should be taught a lesson, if they were white and this was a black person on a bike Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be crying how this was race attack.

  • dooder

    I personally crawl naked through west baltimore with a sign on my back apologizing for slavery every friday night. You should do the same, you racist jerk.

  • rwakeman

    Who said it was ok? You could have a good career in Hollywood with these theatrics. Overreaction of the year.

  • Rig P

    I’m guessing you are a felon or a wife beater. Otherwise its not really hard at all.

  • Johnny

    Well then you would have guess wrong.

    What I don’t see below is “because I want one”.

    And from reading at Maryland Shooters for years, I’ve never seen people say it was easy to get a carry permit. But maybe you have some magical abilities that the rest of us can’t quite summon. Please do explain. I would love to get one.

    From the MSP Website:

    What constitutes a good and substantial reason? Based on the guidance provided by the Maryland Public Safety Code, handgun permits may be issued to applicants based on the following circumstances:
    1. Owner or employee of a business. You must submit photocopies of the Trader’s License or Business License to support a request based on business ownership or as an authorized employee. You must also submit photocopies of six random deposit slips for the business showing the deposits within a year of the application submission date or a letter from the bank attesting that your business has a monetary flow, along with photocopies of ten receipts showing purchases for supplies and/or payments received for services. If you are an employee, you must submit a letter from your employer on the business stationary, explaining in detail why you need to carry a firearm as part of your duties.
    2. Professional Activities. Doctors, pharmacists, etc., must show evidence of legitimacy of business activity and valid certification or license applicable to your activities.
    3. Correctional Officers. Must submit verification of employment and documentation of threats and/or assaults (ie., police reports, facility incident reports, and intelligence reports).
    4. Former Police Officers. If you have resigned or have retired, you must provide a photocopy of your retired I.D. card (front and back) and produce a letter from your former agency advising that you resigned/retired in good standing, your official resignation/retirement date and how many years of service. NOTE: Permits are issued based on the “immediacy” of the application and years of service.
    5. Private Detective/Security Guard/Special Police/Armored Car Guards. All applicants who are employed as Private Detectives, Security Guards, Special Police Officers and Armored Car Guards must submit a certification of qualification with a handgun obtained from a Maryland State Police Certified Handgun Instructor on a State Police form. A copy of the form letter supporting “good and substantial reasons,” ownership of weapon, and location where the weapon will be maintained, is also required. (This form can be obtained from your employer). Submissions of dual applications will be processed by the Handgun Permit Unit.
    6. Personal Protection. There must be documented evidence of recent threats, robberies, and/or assaults, supported by official police reports or notarized statements from witnesses.

  • dooder

    I’m a business owner AND I had breakins at my home, but still no approval. I apparently don’t handle enough cash (not retail), and the two assaults, breakins occured at my home. The message I got was that a concealed carry is not necessary for your home. Basically you need to be beaten half to death in a dark alley, with specific threats of bodily harm before a permit is even considered.

  • pgoretraill

    Travon Martin was pretty big news. This was reported because the guy had a camera and while this city tries desperately to become more bike friendly it is good for commuters to know that this kind of crap happens on one of the best biking roads in the city. I am sick of people always making this about race. A bunch of kids beat up a guy riding home on a bike, and that is more than sad it is pathetic. So stop crying about stuff that does not get reported and embrace what does.

  • BigB

    I don’t think I have read a dumber post in my life. Oh wait I just saw your response to Johnny. I stand corrected.

  • rwakeman

    Of course it’s sad and pathetic. Who’s denying that? But to say that it’s any more sad and pathetic than any of the other violence that occurs in this city IS making it about race. How can you deny that? Look at all of the racist reactions to this story. Why should i embrace what does get reported when it engenders exactly the wrong reactions?

    And also… really? Your response to “how come City Paper doesn’t provide the same coverage to black victims of violence in Baltimore as it does to white victims of violence” is “Travon (sp) Martin.”

  • pgoretraill

    I am not saying it is more sad or pathetic than any other violence neither is the story, and yes I wish every story was reported, and I wish every bad person was in jail, and yes I wish that there was equality in the US but there is just not. However, by being upset that this story gets reported while others do not is disingenuous to the guy who got beat up. He is not the one ignoring all the black, asian, Mexican, or white people who are not fortunate enough to have a helmet mounted camera on their head getting beat up or killed. He got beat up; it got reported can we just take it at face value, and remember that some guy who likes to ride his bike home from school or work is going to be terrified to do so from now on, and that the fact that any story like this gets reported is better than none.

  • Bmoreskyandsea

    It’s very interesting that the crime shift in Baltimore has increasingly been youth offenders, and more so for the sport of it than actual grudges or to acquire goods. We need more youth directed programs, and more accountability. Unfortunately, the Juvenile Social Services Department is becoming less likely to prosecute some juvenile crimes because they feel it leads youth down a worse path if detained and are writing some off as general youth transgressions…

  • BaltimoreisAwarZone

    This guy is damn fool. He clearly knows nothing about the gun laws in Maryland. It would be nice if he was as half as good at researching what he says as he is spouting non-sense.

  • BaltimoreDave

    I dont care why they did it. Fuck that. I care if they are not arrested.

  • Jed Weeks

    It’s not so much they “feel it” as it’s definitive research showing that.

  • rwakeman

    We can’t take it at face value because there’s no reporting here. There’s just “sharing” without any context. When City Paper shares click bait stories like this on Facebook without actually doing any investigation, all they want is the ad revenue that results. They don’t actually care about this man or those kids, they certainly don’t care about justice or right or wrong. If they did, they’d do an investigation.and actually try do some real journalism. When they just share a video and ask us to take it at “face value,” what they’re saying, what you’re saying is that we, the readers, should bring whatever biases anxieties and preconceptions we have to this story and write our own narrative and interpret this in our own way.

  • Guest

    Uhhh, your sarcasm meter is broken, huh?

  • pgoretraill

    Is there another way to interpret this? Is there more investigation needed? All seems pretty clear to me, but I guess I am the ignorant one because I am not worried about a free magazine’s revenue stream. I don’t understand your problem with them reporting this? You don’t want them to show people the realities of riding home late at night up guilford? You know your right instead of sharing this quick easy no journalism needed story to keep baltimoreans safe, they should track down each kid and find out why they did it before posting this video. No instead they should individually report on each kids housing situation and where they are from because we would not want the media to tell us what to think. They should present the full facts of the story I want to know the life story of the victim and assailants. Or… Any intelligent individual can see what happen here. A bunch of going no where in life fuck ups for no good reason attacked a man on a bike and thought it was hilarious to beat the shit out of him. Stop making it something it is not. Stop crying about all the shit that is not reported. You know what else is not reported every $ given to charity only the ones given by big corporations, or every single volunteer at a soup kitchen, but it is when a professional athlete goes so why don’t we just say thanks for the info city paper and make sure to watch out for groups of kids on guilford when riding our bikes.

  • rwakeman

    There’s no reason to report this story if all it does is fee the biases and anxieties and stereotypes that people already have. What a newspaper chooses to report and chooses not to report IS editorializing. It IS deciding that some violence matters more than other violence. I don’t understand why you don’t get that. It’s not complicated. All this story does is reinforce the idea that Batlimore youth are a bunch of hooligans; it doesn’t do anything about these kids and doesn’t do anything to bring these kids to justice. All it does, all you’re doing is breeding stereotypes.

  • pgoretraill

    No it is keeping people informed. It is saying that the main North/South bound bike road is not as safe as it was perceived, and just be out on the look out. They do not need to report ever single person that has been shot or stabbed in the middle of west baltimore because the information does not do any body any good because that is understood information. So yes this violence is different. The FACT of the matter is some violence does matter more than other violence. If someone walking their dog in a gated community with no history of violence gets shot in the face then that is important for the other members of the community to know, so they do not have a sense of FALSE security. If someone is biking home on a road that does not really have a history of attacks like others gets a attacked by a bunch of “BALTIMORE HOOLIGANS” than that is important so other cyclist do not have a false sense of security. So I don’t understand how you can sit there and say that all violence is the same because it is not. Bar fights are not the same as random attacks on citizens. Gang murders are not the same as someone getting killed while their house is getting broken into. Yes they are the same result, but there is a different means, and people need to be aware of that.

  • rwakeman

    No, it’s keeping white readers of City Paper informed that black kids are dangerous. Your point about why the readers of City Paper don’t need to know about murders in West Baltimore demonstrates this exactly. That. Is. Racism. Look, I’m done with this. We’re circling the drain here. This is pointless. Enjoy being afraid of your city.

  • pgoretraill

    How is that Racism is it racist because I don’t think I need to hear about every murder in Oakland, Detroit, or any other city? Notice how none of my arguments brought up race, but your initial and final comment did. That is because it is not a race thing you hypocrite. You think the only reason they ran this is because he was white? That is racism.

  • rwakeman

    Yes, it is racist that you think the story of a guy on a bicycle who gets a bottle thrown at him matters more than murders in West Baltimore. Yes, you are racist. I’m done with this. Enjoy being afraid of your city.

  • rwakeman

    “This is not a race thing” — Every Racist

  • pgoretraill

    “Oh my god, no! Not a white person!!! Seriously, try reporting this story when it happens to someone who isn’t white sometime.” – Racism, which is making a judgment based on race, which I did not do. You did.

    Oh and by the way If this was a group of white kids beating up a black guy riding home on a bike it would not just be in the city paper it would be on national news.

  • rwakeman

    Okay, idiot.

  • pgoretraill

    good talk.

    ” I have black friends”- Racist

  • rwakeman

    “I don’t make any actual sense. I’m just farting out words to hide my racism” – Actual Racist (you)

  • pgoretraill

    you’re awesome

  • rwakeman

    * you’re

  • pgoretraill

    sorry I will fix that thank you.

  • rwakeman

    You’re welcome. I’m glad I could make a difference today.

  • ktgoremtb

    The reason this is news is because there was a camera and a willing victim to report it. Nothing to do with Race. If you think this is racial you are a racist. NO one watching the video even knows what race the cyclist is.

  • rwakeman

    Things that make no sense: “If you think this is racial you are a racist.” What kind of dictionary are you using, exactly?

  • ktgoremtb

    I think you understood the message, YES?

  • ktgoremtb

    Not writing a graded paper just responding!

  • rwakeman

    No, no one knows what you’re talking about.

  • rwakeman

    Someone should assign you a graded paper because you clearly have no idea what “racism” is.

  • ktgoremtb

    So is it not true that most people that watch the video have no idea what race the cyclist is?

  • ktgoremtb

    What RACE am I?

  • rwakeman

    I have no idea because you’re too much of a coward to post under your own name. Unless you’re the Katie Gore who works at Joe’s Bike Shop, in which case you’re definitely white and very privileged.

  • ktgoremtb

    Well since you are a bit slow, My point is…. If someone has live footage of an attack, any attack, any race, gender, age etc….. and they take the time to report the attack it will be a news worthy story.

  • Polterguest

    Yes, let us do wring our hands and wonder where the poor dears went wrong and try to understand them. Idiots like Bikemore and their ridiculous statement are half of the problem with these animals doing what they do.

    You go give them a hug, I’d rather shoot them when they commit these acts.

  • Polterguest

    You don’t understand sarcasm, do you?

  • Polterguest

    because it’s different when the animals go after decent human beings instead of just killing each other.

  • Polterguest

    they do a fine job of breeding stereotypes themselves. quit blaming the victims of crime.

  • rwakeman

    “because it’s different when the animals go after decent human beings instead of just killing each other.” Alright and that’s a wrap! Good night, ladies and gentlemen! My thanks to City Paper for bringing these idiots out of the wood work!

  • rwakeman

    So, your point is, people who are wealthy enough to have cameras mounted to their helmets and take the time to upload it to YouTube are more newsworthy that the people of West Baltimore who just report crimes to the police. Got it.

  • Steven Krause

    Guilford Avenue below 25th is basically a no man’s land. My advice is to avoid the street after the sun goes down and the social vampires rise from their cribs

  • anon

    if you want positive change that helps all community members, we need these stories to make national news. in cases where things become national concerns, local police and local government then step up their presence and do more. i know, it seems silly but it is true. o and local educators and community activists do more too.

  • Big Guy

    Reparations??! its that kind of Entitled Handout mentality that is the F’n problem w this sh*% Hole!

  • CK

    Why would you ever defend these dickheads?

  • rwakeman

    NO ONE IS DEFENDING THEM. I’m not defending them. No one is excusing their actions. Believe it or not, somebody can say point out racism, bias, and prejudice without defending the actions of hooligans.

  • Polterguest

    You were already here, dipshit

  • Polterguest

    BwHahahahahahah… Damn you are funny.

  • rwakeman

    And since you’re too much of a coward to post under your real name, I assume you’re a twelve year old boy with too much time on his hands.

  • Terence Sommer

    I ride my bike all over the Twin Cities and love to bike, however, I will not bike in certain areas, day or night. And I do keep my eyes open and am always aware if I see ‘teens’ moving about.

  • outdoors

    One element of this story that hasn’t been commented on much is the
    response of the community. It sounds like when the victim started
    yelling “help,” there was at least some response, which says to me that
    at least a good chunk of the residents along that route still believe in
    doing the right thing (and, just as importantly, that their actions
    have a chance of succeeding). One focus of the Baltimore cycling
    community should be on how to foster that response by reaching out to
    retired residents (of all races) along Guilford for common shut-in needs
    — stuff like meals on (bike?) wheels, reading aloud, etc.,.

    Because
    that stuff trickles down, and helping vulnerable retirees is a great
    way to get around the dilemma of rewarding kids for doing things that
    are clearly wrong*. If I know that the spandex-clad guy zipping down my
    street is potentially the same person who helps my 98-year-old neighbor
    with her yard every couple months, I’m more likely to actually risk my
    physical safety to help him out if he’s on the ground. I’d love to say I
    was more altruistic than that, but there it is.

    Additionally,
    there are few words more terrifying for most preteen kids — black or
    white — than “what will your __family-member__ do when she hears about
    this?”

    If you don’t believe me on that last one,
    you haven’t spent much time with kids in bad neighborhoods. Believe me,
    it still works surprisingly well**.

    — Outdoors

    *I’m
    very much against the response of saying “we need more programs for
    you, children.” Pratt library is free, and you have legs — get walking,
    just like most of us did as bored kids. Or if reading is too upscale,
    stuff a cloth bag from a dumpster and practice juggling it off your feet
    as a soccer ball, like kids in slums worldwide. Either way, kids all
    over the globe find ways to entertain themselves without help. Lack of
    “programs” for kids is very much a first-world problem.

    **And
    yes, this is certainly not the only solution. I would love to see more
    enforcement and maybe even more concealed carry, FWIW. I just feel like
    it’s worth examining unexamined angles of the solution, which is likely
    to be more successful if it includes multiple, creative strategies.

  • Polterguest

    Assume what you will oh great social justice warrior! We bow down to your hilarious parody of a college freshman who just took black studies.

  • rwakeman

    No, spoken like someone who lives off of Guilford and isn’t afraid of his neighbors. You can look me up, but I have to assume that you’re a pimple-faced twelve year old, because you’re too much of a coward to use your real name.

  • Polterguest

    calling people out to “meet” on the street is the behavior of a 12 year old. Well I guess even older when it comes to the thugs in your neighborhood.

  • rwakeman

    No one knows what you’re talking about. I’m just pointing out that you’re too embarrassed to admit who you are because you know what a racist fool you are. Grow up.

  • Polterguest

    Didn’t you say you were done with this “conversation?” And who are you anyway? rwakeman is hard a true identity.

  • Dino

    Bikemore’s statement is lame and apologetic. They might as well blame Bowman for being the victim. No matter how many “after-school and evening opportunities” these thugs are given, they will still continue to attack innocent people. These kids need to learn how to respect other human beings. That respect is best taught at home by their parents.

  • rwakeman

    I was done with the other guy because we were just going in circles. My account is linked to my twitter account; yours is set to private because you don’t want anybody to know how big of a bigot you are.

  • Polterguest

    riiiiight. so not as ballsy as you claim to be basically. keep yappin little girl.

  • rwakeman

    That doesn’t make any sense. Nobody knows what you are talking about.

  • Whatever

    It doesn’t matter what color their skin is or where they fall on the poverty line, all teenaged boys are mean-spirited assholes.

  • Liberal Self Defence Believer

    And the OTHER message is that protecting $$$ is much more important than protecting human life and limb in Maryland

    Whatever side of the debate fence you sit, I don’t see how any other conclusion can be reached…

  • Polterguest

    whatever you say princess.

  • rwakeman

    That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not the daughter of royalty. You don’t make any sense.

  • Polterguest

    that’s nice, princess.

  • rwakeman

    No, you don’t understand. I don’t have any claim to the throne. Olenna Tyrell poisoned Joffrey. BOOM. I just ruined your day.

  • Polterguest

    I could totally see you as Ceirsi and Jaime’s daughter. Now shouldn’t you be jacking off over the undergraduate papers you are supposed to be grading?

  • rwakeman

    *Cersei. Lol you tool!

  • Polterguest

    I’m not from Westeros. Their spelling is slightly different from my home town to the East.

  • rwakeman

    The Dundalk Riviera?

  • Polterguest

    oh, girl, please. I’m from Braavos. Nice classicism about Dundalk, though. Very predictable.

  • rwakeman

    Nice.

  • Polterguest

    Always cool to look down on poor / working class white people, eh? Ain’t you the hipster!

  • rwakeman

    When did I do that?

  • Polterguest

    the Dundalk Riviera? just full of assumptions there…

  • rwakeman

    Assumptions like what? That it’s east of Westeros…?

  • Polterguest

    LOL. I’m seeing you be my Knight of Flowers, I’ll be your Renly, baby.

  • Liberal Self Defence Believer

    “There’s no reason to report this story if all it does is feed the biases and anxieties and stereotypes that people already have.”

    Spoken like a Baltimore Sun editor! Newsflash: Since everyone (this includes you) brings biases and stereotypes to his or her reading of news stories, such biases are a fact of life and not a valid reason for news organizations to self-censor themselves in the manner which you seem to hanker for. Further, I disagree with your statement:

    “All this story does is reinforce the idea that Batlimore youth are a
    bunch of hooligans…”

    That’s all it does for YOU, because your own biases are so blinding you to the not-really-that-difficult-to-grasp concept that the story ~also~ serves as an alert to their readership of a pattern of violent crime in a specific area those readers might be likely to traverse. Cyclists who might otherwise not know this is going on recently in this area can now take appropriate caution, which might even include not cycling through there after dark for the time being, I can hear the reply now, “Well, they should already know to take caution…so this isn’t news.” I think the police, who are ~extremely~ interested in patterns of crime, would most definitely disagree with you. And if your reply is, “Well what about the patterns of violent crime happening nonwhite victims in bad parts of the city?” my only response to ~that~ is that yes, of course, this should be reported upon if it’s known and verified…many of those crimes are never reported to the police though, and thus are unverified (and yet, we somehow still manage to hear plenty about black on black crime….it’s perhaps trendy to say we don’t, but the police blotters would say otherwise).

    More importantly, though, I’d say that news reporting is not a zero sum game; in other words, just because it doesn’t include every story you’d like to see doesn’t mean it shouldn’t include any of the stories you ~don’t~ like to see.

  • rwakeman

    I don’t know what that means. Never read it.

  • Polterguest

    LOL

  • Kate

    I ride that route all the time at all times of the day and night. It’s not a “no man’s land” after dark. It is a street along which people live, travel, work, etc. It is terrible that this attack happened, and I will remain on my guard, always (though cars are far more dangerous to me when I’m on my bike than this kind of situation, at least in my 6 years of near-daily riding in Baltimore and New Orleans). Let’s work together to make this and all our streets safer. Hint: that doesn’t happen by arming everyone.

  • Sean Tully

    Bike riders should sue the city for setting them up to be victims by promoting this as a bike route. The city knows very well that the route passes through some very dangerous areas and they don’t warn the riders about it at all.

  • rwakeman

    Spoken like a Sun editor? Wouldn’t that imply that the Sun editors want to see more in depth reporting and less clickbait? So that doesn’t make any sense. It’s not what it does for me, it’s what it does for everybody else who has commented on this article, everybody who has suggested shooting the kids. Context clues. This story should be reported. I never said it shouldn’t. But there’s no question that this story rises to the top because it happened to a white guy. This is not a pattern of crime. Hooligans throwing bottles at cyclists happens once a year, maybe. Hooligans are beating up black kids in the neighborhood every day. Do something about that and they won’t throw bottles at white cyclists either.

  • Real Mountain Dew

    I bet none of those thugs have the sand to act like that when they don’t have their crew with them. Real tough guys.

  • Barnadine_the_Pirate

    21-foot rule. Now the thugs have your gun, smart guy.

  • Rig P

    How did that work out for Trayvon.

  • BigRed

    I wouldn’t think twice about putting those dogs down.

  • davethesuave

    it’s sorta stuns me when people don’t get a joke, even with the “anonymous digital divide” factored in. sheesh folks, think BEFORE you comment.

  • davethesuave

    well, “all” is a bit strong. but yes, the exception generally proves the rule.

  • davethesuave

    Exactly right. The wizards in city government just tell everyone in town that bicyclists will be slooowly pedaling up that street a few blocks from where you normally loiter, and Bingo! people get mugged. there is no limit to the stupidity, i swear.

  • Barnadine_the_Pirate

    OH, so now you’re suggesting that not only should cyclists carry guns, but they should stalk people and gun them down pre-emptively.

  • Rig P

    If that was your takeaway from that comment you might want to not try to think again. Might hurt yourself.

  • Labtekwon

    this aint florida champ.
    these youth aint pulling out candy and beverages.
    #0

  • Labtekwon

    yeah, bcuz youth in BMoor dont have guns too.
    there are never shoot outs here.
    u will be the only person with a gun.

    u r so brave and smart.
    #0

  • UpperFells

    “We suspect that if Baltimore had more productive adult supervision and more safe places for youth to learn and engage in positive activities, this incident would not have occurred.” The solution for any problem is more government spending? No the solution is to fix the broken culture, but the leaders of our city won’t admit that the culture is broken.

  • Peter Willis

    I feel pretty bad for the people posting negative comments to this thread. Shooting kids? Putting them in jail? These are not good solutions. And this event didn’t happen to any of you. The guy who it happened to basically said he didn’t have hard feelings against them, but he felt bad for them as violence was their only outlet.

    If you deal with the reason *why* these kids decided to attack a random cyclist, it could stop happening. Shooting them or putting them in jail will just make it happen again and again and again. It’s a lot easier to be angry and reactionary than be compassionate and take the time to help people. I applaud Bikemore for working with the local community to make the place better, not just for cyclists, but for the neighborhood residents too.

    As far as the people commenting on race, this happens to all kinds of people all the time. Black on black crime is not a new thing to Baltimore, and neither is white on white. Skin color didn’t push these kids to attack a random individual. Maybe it was a lack of things to do with their time, or a lack of ways to process their emotions, or a lack of supervision or mentorship. Every time you distill these problems into stupid shit like race, the real underlying problems that cause people to act out this way get ignored.

  • robblack_99

    All these idiots talking about getting their guns. This is Maryland stupid and not a red state, we take the fall more than the criminals. Get a mace gun and carry a mace grenade with a spring-loaded baton. Mace them and beat the hell out of them. I keep bear spray in the car! LOL