Riots of 2009
On March 14, 2009 Akron experienced its most recent rioting. On that Saturday, a female minor was spotted by an APD officer while screaming profanities along Newton Street. The officer gave multiple warnings to her to discontinue, but the teen refused. The officer then exited his cruiser and attempted to arrest her for disorderly conduct. The sixteen-year-old girl began striking the police officer, bloodying his nose. While the struggle was still occurring, a crowd watching the event rushed towards the scene, forcing the officer to draw his Taser and order them to stay back, but he was ignored. The riot was quelled after several back-up officers arrived and the paramedics treated the officer and two citizens. Seven suspects, both adults and minors were charged with crimes ranging from aggravated riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. In July 2009, a group attack occurred in the Firestone neighborhood of Akron. The attack was committed by a group of African-American teens, who attacked a white family due to their race. The teens were said to be heard saying "this is a black world now" as they beat the white family, which included a paraplegic man. His wheelchair was pushed over, and he was thrown to the ground. The Akron Police apprehended suspects shortly after the incident, but did not give the victims a chance to identify them.
"Akron Police Department" - Conversations thus far-
•Spoke to Lt. Brown on The Gang Unit on Feb. 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm, regarding the issue of race and violence. (330)812-7734)
•He referred me to Sgt. Lietke who was on duty at a particular incident in 2009 related to race and violence in Akron, Ohio. (330)375-2490)
Riots of 2009 : "On duty was Sgt. Leitke " waiting on response from Sgt. Lietke.
POSTED BY KELLY GREEN