Bike trail builds reputation for mob attacks

By Colin Flaherty

(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Videos linked or embedded may contain foul language and violence.

The titans at the Washington Post cannot get their journalistic minds around the latest case of black mob violence in the nation’s capital. They reported the crime but ignored the race and the pattern.

But the Titan of Trinidad, a neighborhood blog, had no trouble describing what really happened when a black mob attacked a D.C. commuter on a bicycle, sending him to the hospital with broken bones in his face:

“As I was biking home on the Metropolitan Branch Trail today I came across a biker on the trail near R St NE who was severely beaten.

“Apparently he was beaten by a fairly large group of African American teenagers that I passed on the trail near the bridge near Florida Avenue.

“Apparently they beat this biker, a Caucasian male who looked to be in his 50s, for no reason. Cops swarmed the scene and took the man to the hospital, and tried to track down the kids but as far as I know they have not been caught.

“I share this with you to strongly encourage you to use caution on the trail. This incident occurred in broad daylight and the biker did nothing wrong.

“I spoke with one of the cops at the scene and he says there are incidents on the trail all the time, day and night. I for one will no longer be using the Metropolitan Branch Trail – please stay safe everyone.”

According to the website: “Notably, this was not a robbery; the group of teenagers apparently just attacked and beat this man on the trail without any obvious motive other than to beat him.”

Talking to an ABC affiliate, the biker did not wish to use his name. Nor did he wish to identify the attackers as anything other than a group of “kids.”

“One of the kids peeled away from the group, just came running at me then clocked me as hard as he could,” said the biker. “I can’t make sense of it.”

Twenty hours after the assault, neither could police. In a statement they said:

“Based upon this offense, we have received a number of questions concerning the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Allow us to address your concerns here.

“This was an unprovoked assault by a lone individual and not a pattern connected to other criminal offenses that were reported to MPD.”

But is that right?

There was a black mob of at least 15 people. Many kicked him in the face. And it was part of a pattern of black mob violence both on and off this bike trail.

In February, another bicyclist posted about mob violence on the same trail. Writing in the neighborhood blog,, he said:

I was assaulted on the Franklin St. bridge today on my way home from work at about 4:30pm. I was on my bike and a group of about 10 14/15 yr-old boys were walking along the sidewalk (which is separated from the road by a concrete barrier). Two of the kids jumped the barrier into the street as I approached on my bike, the first hit me over the back of the neck (right under my helmet) with something really hard, the second kid tried to punch me and mostly missed.

In October of last year, another biker reported the same crime in the same area with the same results:

Last night on my way to Chinatown I got clothe-lined (or something) as I was blazing down the metropolitan branch on my bike. 4 kids, probably 13-19 were on either side of the trail and decked me good before fleeing the scene. The incident was at the intersection with T St., at about 4th. I think they mostly just wanted to cause suffering for fun, rather than steal anything.

In February, another poster at Popville reported a black mob assault nearby:

I was attacked by a pack of 14-15 yr-olds, boys and girls, and knocked to the ground. Nothing was stolen and the kids ran off after giving me a few kicks to the head.

In August 2012, a woman reported yet another black mob assault:

I was biking home at 7pm and passed a whole bunch of cop cars taking a report from a guy who had just been jumped by a group of kids. It was broad daylight out, and this guy was easily 6’2″ and fairly well muscled. I’m a woman. If they’re not afraid to jump a big dude in broad daylight, I shudder to think what they would do to me. I haven’t ridden the MBT since.

One Post reader, who calls himself Reverend Bacon and who also reads WND, figured it out, even if the Post could not:

“Read about this urban epidemic called ‘the Knockout Game’ all over the Internet, and then come back and claim it’s a ‘non-lethal situation.’ Or just read an article by this poor dad.”

The rules of the Knockout Game are simple: Gather a group of black people. Punch a white person in the face as hard as you can until he or she is knocked out or dead or your arms get tired.

The Knockout Game is just one manifestation of an epidemic of black mob violence documented in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”

The Post did not report the race of the attackers.

Curiously, the police made no mention of the attack in its routine daily police reports. Or in the daily stream of tweets that identify traffic problems and recent crimes. These tweets do identify the race of alleged perpetrators.

The Washington police department, said the Titan of Trinidad, “did not send out an alert on this incident via Twitter or area listservs, and provided the brief statement above only after local residents asked about the attack. Had a local resident not informed us of this incident, we probably wouldn’t know about it.”

The victim did not wish to make his name public. But he said the violence would probably make him stop using the trail – no matter how often the police say it is safe.

See the Big List of black mob violence.

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