SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) —
It is turn into routine for the final three days. Residents submit up within the night, within the very spot, the place they are saying hassle-making teenagers hang around.
The residents of this South Philadelphia neighborhood reached out to Motion Information over what they describe as a gaggle of younger individuals on bicycles inflicting issues.
They got here throughout a video displaying one such melee Sunday night time, and consider the video alone ought to immediate a stronger police presence.
The grainy video exhibits a gaggle of younger individuals hanging round outdoors Sharswood Faculty close to 2nd and Ritner streets in South Philadelphia Sunday night.
Within the video, the youngsters look like playing around at first, however then neighbors stated the group began throwing rocks. They consider a person received hit by one of many rocks after which came to visit to confront the group. The youngsters began heckling him, and at one level one younger individual slapped the person behind the top. This went on for some time.
“This hasn’t been the primary incident,” stated Anthony Massaro, a resident of the world. “They’ve attacked the aged. They’ve attacked youngsters. They have been an enormous difficulty for the neighborhood.”
Massaro lives down the road. He got here throughout the surveillance video whereas making an attempt to determine how his automotive window obtained damaged. He stated neighbors had been involved about these youngsters on bikes inflicting issues for some time. The video, he believes, offers proof of what is going on on.
“The neighborhood feels terrorized by these youngsters,” he stated.
Different neighbors stated they’ve witnessed comparable assaults, in addition to basic troublemaking, like harassing passing motorists.
“They did it to at least one woman and she or he needed to cease as a result of she had a child within the again,” stated Eleanor, who additionally lives within the neighborhood.
She stated the lady hollered at them after which the youngsters cursed at her and spit everywhere in the automotive earlier than taking off.
Since Sunday, neighbors have been organizing rallies every night time with a name to convey again order and usher in additional police. Massaro stated the person who was harassed within the video has joined the trouble.
“Individuals have been displaying up, displaying their help,” he stated. “The person who was truly in query confirmed up at these rallies. He is in full help of this as nicely.”
Police stated they’re conscious of the incident and are responding to it.
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