The initial “Virginia-Pilot” attack happened on April 14th 2012 - During the height of the media coverage over the Trayvon Martin story. Since then the police in Norfolk Virginia have refused to release the audio recording of the frantic 911 call placed by Marjon Rostami as she and her friend and colleague, David Forster, were being beaten by a group of black teenagers.
Perhaps the Police and media are waging a war of attrition, counting on the new media forgetting the attack. Alas, they underestimate our resolve. Where are the Tapes?
Imagine if the races were reversed and a group of up to 100 white youth viciously assaulted two innocent black people driving through town after seeing a movie. Do you think anyone would accept the police refusal to release the multiple 911 recordings?
We originally shared the story of the Virginia Mob beating over a month ago. By then the original incident was already several weeks old because it was intentionally hidden from the public by the employers of the attacked, The Virginia Pilot. Then a few weeks later, mid-May, four teens were arrested in the case. Since then? (((crickets)))
Thank you Treeper CR for sending a reminder email to the TreeHouse tip-line. Last night on Bill O’Reilly he brought up the issue of the 911 recordings again. The Norfolk Police Dept. still refuse to release the audio from the 911 call. Even now, more than two months after the initial incident. Why?
Obviously there is something in the 911 call the Norfolk police are concerned about the public hearing. Personally, I believe, in part due to the timing of the attack, and in part due to the method deployed, the mob attack was specifically related to racial anxiety drummed up by the Trayvon Martin Case. It would not surprise me at all if on the audio of the 911 emergency call you could hear some of the attackers using the name Trayvon, or other racially toxic expletives.
But regardless of supposition, the police reasoning for NOT releasing the audio has never been clarified. What are they hiding? and Why are they hiding it?
(excerpt from BOR) The initial police report described the assault as a bias crime and a 16-year-old has been arrested. But now, the Norfolk police say it was not a bias crime and are refusing to release the 911 tape saying that would hurt their investigation. How? How could that be possible?
In addition, both victims have filed complaints against the Norfolk Police Department alleging the investigation was mishandled and the cops didn’t really want to arrest the assailants or even find them. (more)
Police in Norfolk, Va., have arrested three more black teenagers in connection with a mob assault last month on two white reporters for the local newspaper, a case which has sparked national public outrage but little media attention.
Two 16-year-olds and one 13-year-old were taken into custody Saturday, each charged with two counts of simple assault by mob and one count of participation in a riot, both of which are misdemeanors.
It brings the total number of arrested suspects to four, since another 16-year-old was arrested May 3, charged with throwing a missile at a vehicle, a felony, as well as two counts of simple assault by mob, destruction of property and participation in a riot, all misdemeanors.
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Two teenagers charged in connection with a Downtown Norfolk mob assault on two Virginian-Pilot reporters appeared in court Monday morning and spoke exclusively with WAVY News 10’s Andy Fox.
Police made the latest arrests , of two 16-year-olds and a 13-year old, Saturday and charged each with two counts of simple assault by mob and one count of participation in a riot. The second 16-year-old suspect will be in court Tuesday.
The two families that spoke to WAVY News 10 outside court said police have the wrong guys; that they were not involved in the attack. However, police investigators told WAVY.com Monday they were obviously arrested because somebody puts them at the scene and witnessed their involvement.
According to the police report obtained by WAVY.com , David Forster and his colleague, Marjon Rostami, had just left an event on April 14, when they came to a stoplight at the intersection of Church Street and Brambleton Avenue around 11 p.m. Forster told WAVY.com there was a huge crowd of young people and someone at the crowd threw a rock at his car.
Rostami told police she believed the rock was thrown because the suspect saw her lock her door as a large group of young black men passed by the car.
Forster got out of his car to confront the person who threw the rock and that is when both he and Rostami allege they were attacked.
Police arrested another 16-year-old suspect on May 3. He is the teen accused of throwing the rock. That makes four arrests so far in connection with this incident.
When asked if the attack was racially motivated, one teen suspect simply responded, “no.” The father of the other teen had the same response.
Bruce Sams is the attorney representing one of the 16-year-olds. He told WAVY.com, “I don’t think it has a racial intent. It was certainly an incident that happened that was more sparked. I don’t believe, from my understanding, from what I even know of what happened, that they could even be identified as two white individuals in the car.”
A witness to the attack spoke exclusively with WAVY.com. The 16-year-old is so afraid of retaliation, she insisted on hiding her identity.
10 On Your Side asked if she thinks the teen threw the rock at the car because the driver was white.
“They were throwing stuff, just because … just because. They were just hyped and ‘Oh I want to do something,'” she said. So they threw something. They didn’t know there were going to be white people in the car”
She says there were dozens of people yelling on the sidewalks, mostly kids her age.
“There were cars leaving the party and there were regular people from everyday life, just driving around,” she said. “As they were driving, people kept going. I was confused like is anybody going to get out the car? Is anybody going to beep, stop, help?”
When the driver finally got back into the car, the girl says a group of teens went to check on him. They told her the driver had blood on his face, but said he was fine and planned to tell police. (More)