By Chuck Ross
Six teens arrested recently in the Cincinnati suburb of North College Hill for beating 45-year-old Pat Mahaney reportedly told police they ambushed the man because they were bored.
Mahaney, who was walking to his mother’s home when he was blindsided by the group of teens and left unconscious, spent four days in intensive care. One of the attackers allegedly threw a beer can at Mahaney’s head. Mahaney is reportedly unemployed and lacks health insurance.
WND has reported the pattern of black-on-white violence across the country.
Now the Cincinnati Enquirer reports local police were shocked at the behavior of the juveniles after their arrest.
“They were pretty arrogant in the interview with us,” said North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust. “This appears to be premeditated and there was no remorse on behalf of the assailants.”
WND obtained records of activity from the Facebook page of one of the young assailants. Lamont Champion, 13 and heavily tattooed, wrote after a report of the attack was featured on local news: “MAN WE WAS JUST ON THE NEWS FOE HITTIN DAT MAN OMG BRA WE BOUT TO GET SUM TIME WE WAS ON DA NEWS IDK WADD TO DO MAN D— I GOT TO MUCH S— PLANNED AN ON MY MINE (LMS) TO PRAY FOE US.”
His comment received 50 “likes.”
Champion also commented on Facebook after his release from jail: “FINALLY MAN IM OUT BRA I GOT COURT DOE IDK WEN BUT I DO HOPE DEY AINT GNE PUT ME IN DER FOE AH MIN… IM SALTY DEY SNITCHED ON ME J****** D**** DEY ALL SAID U DID MAN….. [name redacted]”
Several of Champion’s Facebook followers commented on his post decrying the possibility that someone had reported them to police. One, Michael James, another alleged attacker, openly discussed details of the attack, writing that he and his co-assailants “beat dis dudee upp ‘badd.'”
In a letter posted on the North College Hill community website, Foust wrote that the attack was not racially motivated.
The chief said in his letter: “The juveniles admitted that the reason this crime took place was because they were ‘bored.’ I know we all find this a hard measurement to digest however at no time in the interview did the juveniles indicate or state the crime was predicated on race just boredom.”
Writing that he is appalled at the “ignorance of the general public,” Foust cited the fact that the citizens who called the cops on the group of teens during the attack were also black.
“Many of the citizens involved in this incident to assist police, call 911, and help the victim were also black and found these actions of the juveniles an unacceptable level of values,” wrote Foust.
WND previously reported on research conducted on the reasons teens participate in “flash mobs” and other mob-like activity. Researchers from the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium suggested the incidents stemmed from boredom.
Researcher Brian Houston told WND, “My grandmother used to tell me that ‘idle hands are the devil’s tool,’ and I’ve found that this applies to all youth – and adults – irrespective of class, race, religion.”
Some of the teen participants in the KC-AERC study told researchers that they engaged in “flash mobs” that often turn violent “to express themselves,” “to get their name up” and “to be remembered.” The researchers also cited another participant who said they wanted to “provoke older people and make havoc.”