Columbia man robbed at knifepoint

Friday, August 21, 2009 | 12:38 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was held up at knife point by a group of boys early Friday morning.

The man was walking near the intersection of Fifth Street and Park Avenue when he was approached from behind by several boys and ordered to the ground at knife point.

The man told police he tried to fight off his assailants, but they fled with $300 in cash, his cell phone and wallet. The man refused medical attention.

Police said the three to five assailants were all boys between the ages of 15 and 17. One suspect was reported to have dreadlocks and was wearing a white, oversized T-shirt.

Detective Jeff Westbrook said there are similarities between this incident and a rash of robberies in Columbia since July 30, but investigators do not know the incident is related.

In the previous robberies, suspect descriptions include a group of men ranging from three to five individuals. Four of the other incidents involved male victims walking alone.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS or submit them at

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Charles Dudley Jr August 21, 2009 | 2:45 p.m.

Too bad some other citizen was not near by and packing a firearm with a CCWP to help the victim.

Knife vs gun? You know the outcome of that one already.

Some day these punks will pick on the wrong citizen and real justice will be dealt to these punks right there on the street when the victim decides to hold court right there and then.

You know what the court results will be and the execution of the sentence right on the spot.
>>> The victim was unsure of the number of attackers, police said, but believed there were three to five black males involved, between 15 and 17 years old. McCarty said at least one of the suspects had dreadlocks and was wearing a white oversized T-shirt. <<<

Now where the heck is the NAACP when this stuff goes on and continues to go on in this city? Where is the ACLU in all of this too?

They are at home sleeping in their beds that is where they are.

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John Schultz August 21, 2009 | 4:05 p.m.

Just why should the ACLU be up in arms over this particular case?

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Charles Dudley Jr August 21, 2009 | 5:04 p.m.

John Schultz they get their manties in a bunch everytime a Black Man has an issue so why don't they stand up when some poor White Guy has an issue?

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King Diamond August 24, 2009 | 8:49 a.m.

yeah, I don't understand the ACLU comment. What do you feel the ACLU should be doing in this case Charles?

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Charles Dudley Jr August 24, 2009 | 9:05 a.m.

King Diamond the exact same actions they do if a African American were in that situation. You never see them come out for the White folks do you in this area.

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King Diamond August 24, 2009 | 12:11 p.m.

Charles, here is a press release the ACLU released protecting the KKK on it's freedom to hold a rally.

Are you sure you aren't confusing the ACLU with another activist group?

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Charles Dudley Jr August 24, 2009 | 1:46 p.m.

King Diamond we never see our "local ACLU" active unless it is something to do with something being done against an African American citizen.

We never see them come out in support of the White folk in this community. We do not see the local NAACP do any other the above either.

Where are either one when White folks are being attacked by the thugs,gang bangers and the riffraff of the African American Community?

They are at home sleeping in their beds that is where they are.

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King Diamond August 24, 2009 | 2:00 p.m.

I'm not sure who's civil liberty is being infringed upon here that would need assistance from the ACLU. Can you make this crystal clear as to what you would like the ACLU to do?

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John Schultz August 24, 2009 | 3:10 p.m.

My guess is Chuck has never listened to Dan Viets' weekly show on KOPN, otherwise he would know that we white folks are on the ACLU's radar (in a good way) as well. The War on Some Drugs would be one such effort. Dan has also spoken about downtown surveillance, which would affect everyone unless Chuck knows about some top-secret blacks-only camera technology.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 24, 2009 | 5:24 p.m.

King Diamond the local ACLU almost if not ever comes out in the local news or local TV media pushing for more to be done to stop this crime wave against Whites in this community.

Yet if there is a Black citizen mistreated by any member of a law enforcement agency they are all over that like White On Rice!

Sounds like a dysfunctional organization in my book. Same with the local NAACP.

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King Diamond August 25, 2009 | 8:05 a.m.

Charles, can I get an instance of the ACLU coming out to defend a black citizen being mistreated by law enforcement.

Also, there are only 2 ACLU chapters in Missouri: one in Kansas City and one in St. Louis.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 25, 2009 | 9:49 a.m.

I believe Mr McDuffy comes to mind as a prime example. I am sure there are more but I do not have the time to research every incident.

That facts are that neither the NAACP nor the ACLU are standing up against any of this crime in our community perpetrated by young Black males against White males and females alike but yet if a African American or any other nationality is wronged they are the first to step forward screaming for somebody's head to roll.

Pathetic by two civic minded organizations who claim to want better communications and more diversity.

I rest my case on this subject until I see change from both of these organizations I can actually see,hear and believe in.

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John Schultz August 25, 2009 | 10:29 a.m.

Chuck, the ACLU is not supposed to "stand up against crime" like you think. It exists to protect people's Constitutional rights.

When I search for Dan Viets and ACLU amongst the Missourian articles, I find these topics:

1. Alleged racial profiling of drivers.
2. Tasers.
3. Downtown surveillance cameras.
4. Police review board.
5. DNA testing of those arrested but not convicted for crimes.
6. Drug searches at Columbia Square Apartments.
7. Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol in Jeff City.
8. Protesters at the Memorial Day air show.
9. A forum about "Targeting Muslim Rights: Private Provocation and Public Action"

The Tribune had less topics covered:

1. Curfews.
2. The Missouri Information Analysic Center report on militias (and third parties, grr) that was leaked earlier this year.

Of the two Missourian articles I found referencing both Dan Viets and McDuffy, neither of them gave the sense that the ACLU was involved because McDuffy was black. Further, CPD has acknowledged that the procedures they had at the time were not followed:

"Though it does not blame individual officers for the incident, the report does acknowledge several mistakes made in command and control decisions and communications at the scene and says the department must address the weaknesses the incident exposed.

"We didn't believe it was the fault of any individual officers," Interim Police Chief Tom Dresner said in an interview following the release of the report. "It was a combination of factors."

Now I do disagree with this comment:

"On June 2, the council approved the purchase of 40 new X26 Tasers with a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which would bring the department’s total to 78 Tasers in service.

“If they have already been distributed, they should be put back on the shelf,” Viets said. “If they haven’t being distributed, they shouldn’t be.”"

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