The Age of Hope & Change is not a good time to take up bike riding in St. Louis:
Trailnet.org, an organization that promotes hiking and biking, is cautioning riders to be on the alert for roving bands of teenagers who swarm and attack riders.
Trailnet says the latest attack was last Thursday (8/25) afternoon near Missouri Botanical Garden where a group of 10 to 15 African-American teens charged and attacked a cyclist.
“They weren’t really interested in robbing me. It just seemed like they wanted to beat me up,” says assault victim Cheech Ramirez. “They weren’t interested in letting me get off the ground and having a fair fight.”
Ramirez says he and his friends returned to the scene minutes later to help another bicyclist who was being beaten.
Kudos to Ramirez for fighting back. The odds of the authorities doing anything meaningful to protect us from the rising tide of racial violence are remote. It’s unusual for them even to acknowledge it.
On a tip from rrsk.