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Reviewing the random attacks committed by teens downtown
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Investigators spent part of Thursday going over every call made to police during the three day Taste of Cincinnati event that had to do with groups of teens.
That violence didn't happen at the taste. The teens moved up through town and into Over-The-Rhine. It's a story and video you saw first on Local 12 News
Thursday, Taste of Cincinnati organizers sent out an email saying there were minor problems at the event attended by more than half a million people. But to those nursing cuts and bruises from random beatings likely feel differently. Local 12's Deborah Dixon says police officials and city leaders are already talking about what else they can do.
Attacks that included punching kicking and stomping cause 911 calls to police over the weekend during Taste of Cincinnati. One call is from a man attacked on Vine Street while trying to get to work.
One victim told Local 12 News, "They jumped me and beat the hell out of me, 12-15 of them picking people off."
One of the assaults was on West 9th. There were five assaults reported in three days that involved teenagers, boys and girls moving through the city and into Over-The-Rhine. Over three days there were 11 calls about the teens, five had to do with assaults. Lt. Colonel James Whalen says it's unacceptable.
"When you put that into perspective with the hundreds of thousands of people that attended, not a good thing but we're not on the brink of disaster either," Whalen said.
Mayor John Cranley said, "Crime is down, over all it was a great event, but if you're a victim it doesn't mean a lot that everybody else had a good time."
David Manz might agree. He was trying to catch a bus to get to work. He was near the courthouse when he was jumped kicked and stomped. Manz has scrapes, bruises and broken ribs. Police are meeting with event organizers and city leaders to talk about what can be done at future events, such as requiring juveniles to be with a parent or guardian to get into the event. Everyone agrees on one thing, the teens who beat people up for fun over the weekend need to be prosecuted for what they did.
Mayor Cranley says some of what the city is doing should help in the future. That includes adding more police officers, reinstating the gang unit, and getting back to CIRV, Cincinnati's Initiative to Reduce Violence that focuses on breaking up gangs.
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