LETTER- Downtown assaults must stop
Nice article on the scary spate of beatings [News, "Eight is enough: Youths strike downtown again," July 12].
I had my own close encounter outside Starr Hill one evening last November. I was there for a big literary event and went outside at the break about 8:45– it was not very late. The sidewalk was busy with various folks.
I looked toward Mel's Diner and noticed a small group of black kids standing around. When I turned my back, a soda bottle went whizzing past my head, missing me by a few inches. If it had hit me in the head, which clearly was the intent, it would have put me in the hospital.
I turned around, and the kids ran into the alley next to Mel's. Seconds later, a young white couple emerged from the alley with the man holding a tissue to his face, blood coming from between his fingers.
"Two of them just hit me. They just hit me for nothing," he said.
I asked if he wanted me to call 911 and he said no. Next day I tried to report it, but the police weren't interested. I guess they are now. This has to stop.