The mob of some 40 teens flooded into the street near inner city Central High School on Friday, September 26 just after the end of the game.
A witness to the rampaging mob, Sharon Mourning, said she wished she were armed at the time. “Had I had been armed we would have had a lot of kids laying in the Bellevue street that night,” she said.
The laughing, screaming teenagers waded into the street throwing bricks at cars, jumping on them and damaging them, and accosting pedestrians.
Mourning said she saw the teens beat an elderly man and another child. “I actually looked at the child. His face was bleeding. You know they had done beat him,” she told the media.
The woman was unhappy with the actions of the Memphis police who seem to have issued juvenile summons to only two kids involved in the mob action. Mourning said the few summonses were not enough and that there was a bigger problem simmering in Memphis.
“Memphis is going to burn if they don’t control these children,” she said.
Only weeks ago a mob of black teens swarmed a parking lot in East Memphis attacking patrons of a Kroger grocery store and beating one of the store’s white employees into unconsciousness.