Oh. My. God.
A blog by the name of ‘The Peoria Chronicle’ has the eyewitness account from Paul Wilkinson, president of the Altamont Park Neighborhood Association:
Peorians living in fear
Tonight [June 25th, 2011], around 11 p.m., a group of at least 60-70 African American youth marched down one of the side streets (W. Thrush) to the 4 lane main drag (Sheridan). They were yelling threats to white residents. Things such as we need to kill all the white people around here. They were physically intimidating anyone calling for help from the police. They were surrounding cars. Cars on the main drag had to slam on their brakes to either avoid the youth blocking not only all four lanes, but a large section of the side street as well. fights were breaking out among them. They were rushing residents who looked out their doors, going on to porches, yelling threats to people calling the police for help.
Cars were doing U turns on the streets just to avoid the mob, mostly male. One youth stated his grandfather was white and several assaulted him on the spot. One police officer answered the call. The youth split into two large groups, one heading north, the other south. They were also yelling racial threats to the police officer but he was outnumbered. Another police car did not show up until after the youth finally dispersed and the patty wagon (van) also eventually showed up.
Residents are very shaken, both black and white alike. This is the fifth large mob action in about a month with smaller groups of 10-12 are out threatening children and adults a few evenings a week or later into the night. The times vary, even occuring during the day. In talking to the police officer, they are short staffed. Residents were advised to simply keep inside and to lock their doors. In other words buckle down, it’s not even safe to sit on your porch or go into your yards.
Update: The source is down. Since it was linked to by Drudge Report it’s server may not of been able to handle the huge influx of incoming hits. A very likely scenario.
Update 2: Another Peoria blogger Peoria Anti-Pundit reports on the story. He claims to personally know the eyewitness Paul Wilkinson, and vouches for him.
This is a reprint from the Peoria Chronicle’s web site.Ã‚Â It was posted by CJ, the sites owner and written by Paul Wilkinson.Ã‚Â Paul is the President of the Altamont Park Neighborhood Association.Ã‚Â I know Paul and he is the most straight forward person I’ve met.Ã‚Â He has no need to embellish or to lie. That means this is true and it’s an outrage.Ã‚Â I hope Mr. Jackson of the local NAACP reads this and responds.Ã‚Â That will be interesting.Ã‚Â This is nothing more than hate and race war against whites.
Update 3: Coldwarrior at the Blogmocracy updates his post with this:
***Rodan Update: I called some peeps in Chicago and I got confirmation that this was the Gangsta Disciple Nation. An interesting note, members of Michelle Obama’s family are GD’s.
PEORIA–The streets of West Thrush are quiet now.
But two days ago…that was a different story.
“There was quite a few kids coming down the road, probably about 200 of them,” said neighbor Roy Goodwin.Ã‚Â “They had traffic blocked. They were in everybody’s yards.”
Goodwin says mobs of teenagers pounded the pavement Friday night, destroying the peace in a once quiet neighborhood.
“They were pretty riled up.Ã‚Â Yelling screaming.Ã‚Â It was the first time I’ve ever seen that many people congregated together going up and down the street.”
Goodwin’s not the only one.
“I got scared because I have two kids,” said neighbor Shirley Reyes.Ã‚Â “I don’t even open my door or what you know.Ã‚Â Because it is scary.Ã‚Â This is the first time I’ve had this experience for 10 years living here...going on 11.”
Neighbors say mob activity is an ongoing issue for them and the police.
“The last few years I’ve never really had to worry about anything,” said neighbor Penny Lyons.Ã‚Â “This summer, all of a sudden it’s like boom.Ã‚Â Kids everywhere.” >>>
Video report at link.
Update 5: Another local news confirmation: Central Illinois News Center -WEEK News 25, an ABC affiliate.
The neighborhood association president, Paul Wilkinson, says they were making threats and yelling quote kill the white people, end quote.
Wilkinson says this is the fifth mob action in the neighborhood this month, but by far the largest.
He says residents are worried for their safety and for their homes.
“We’ve had people beating up on each other, and making threats toward each other, but not towards other people or bystanders, things like that. And there’s been no other indication of any inappropriate racial comments until this incident,” said Wilkinson.”
Wilkinson credits the police as being helpful and responsive.
Saturday morning, police placed one of the nuisance abatement vehicles at the coroner [sic] of Thrush and Sheridan to try to quiet the area down.
Update 6: Today Peoria ChronicleÃ‚Â posted this comment on Facebook.
Hey everyone — one of my posts got picked up nationally and caused the shared server that hosts my blog to overload. So they deactivated my blog. I’m trying to get it back up and running as soon as I can. Sorry for the inconvenience!:
This person doubted the veracity of the eyewitness report:
Marje Beeney Shirey: Check the truth before posting a blog.
Peoria Chronicle’s response:
Paul’s never lied to me before; I have no reason to disbelieve his report.
Memo to Janeane Garofalo: This is racism…straight up.