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McDonough: Towson Does Not Have Mob Violence Problem

Republican delegate says brawl outside the Recher Theater in Towson Sunday morning is not comparable to the "black youth mobs" violence he says plagues the Inner Harbor.

A brawl outside a Towson bar Sunday is not comparable to violence in the Inner Harbor, according to Del. Pat McDonough.

McDonough, a Middle River Republican, called the fight outside the Recher Theater that resulted in seven arrests "an anomaly" and not comparable to incidents in the city that he blamed on "black youth mobs."

"I believe what happened in Towson is an anomaly," McDonough said. "It's the result of poor planning and putting too many people in too small an area."

McDonough praised County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County police Chief Jim Johnson for acting quickly.

Kamentez blamed owners of the bar for the fight. The county executive and the police chief said most of the people involved in the fight came from outside the county.

"The county executive and the police chief quickly acknowledged there was an issue and they're working to make sure it never happens again," McDonough said. "This is not what the mayor did."

In May, McDonough issued statements sharply critical of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's handing of several incidents in the Inner Harbor area. McDonough blamed the violence on "black youth mobs" and accused Rawlings-Blake and state officials of covering it up.

He also said the Inner Harbor should be declared a "no travel zone."

Two weeks ago, Rawlings-Blake highlighted the safety of the area, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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HLV September 27, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Thank God, when President Obama is REelected in November, the government will confiscare all guns and there will be no more shootings in our country or our schools. Please people, VOTE for no more guns and no more violence in our schools.
Steve September 27, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Oh No! Not the whole "Obammy's gonna git yor guns!" conspiracy theory again.
Needaname September 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Maybe McDonough problem is he says what people are thinking.
Needaname September 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
There where 630 inside the event and no one has claimed there was a problem. The issues occurred outside.
Steve September 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Only what the Cross burners are thinking.....
Needaname September 27, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Let's disarm the entire country so only the thugs can have them.
Tim September 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I completely disagree. It's not a bigoted statement if it's factually accurate. Bigotry comes from when it's not factual, or simply an assumption based on bigotry. I am ALL for calling out racism and bigotry when it's fairly warranted. I've done so here on Patch on other occasions. It's definitely, and sadly out there. Reality is though, the Delegate is 100% correct in his 'Black youth mobs" commentary on that occasion. Proven accurate from police reports. Does he go overboard a bit? Perhaps.
Tim September 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Yeah...really thats not the answer.
Joe September 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
"We are working behind the scenes." to Sarah Brady of the anti civil rights group The Brady Bunch. Fast and Furious was the vehicle until Brian Terry was murdered by Holder and company.
Joe September 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
That will surly be a site to watch! 300,000,000 firearms taken by force and thousands will die in any illegal action such as that. I do appreciate your candor in telling us how you too feel Obama is lawless and will do anything he pleases regardless of the law or US Constitution. THAT is why he will be a one term failure.
Steve September 27, 2012 at 07:08 PM
You really are living in LaLaLand. Brian Terry was murdered by a criminal after he fired a bean bag at the guy. Holder had nothing to do with it. Fast and Fffft." was a Republican witch hunt that fizzled.
Joe September 27, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Please Steve, enlighten us to what you cross burners think.
Steve September 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
LOL I am sure the President and the Ultra Rightwing Brady's talk on a regular basis.
JD1 September 28, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I think it's hysterical how nobody is placing blame on the animals that couldn't exercise self control. Whether the event was oversold, undersold or whatever - since when does that give these idiots a ticket to assault police officers. Too bad the cops couldn't split their heads open but we all know how that would have turned out. Where are the black community leaders and politicians that should be condemning this behavior?
PerryHallParent September 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM
They are waiting until someone comes forward with a story about a black youth who was "assaulted" by a police officer during the near riot and how, although he was a participant, was targeted due to the color of his skin. So sick of the race card used for everything.
PerryHallParent September 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Why would anyone vote for no more guns? While I am neither democrat or republican because I choose to vote for myself, not a laundry list of someone else's ideas, I certainly wouldn't vote to take away our right to protect ourselves. Properly educated and trained, with a safe and proper safety measures in place, ownership of a personal firearm is safe and effective. I wouldn't hesitate to use my training to eliminate an intruder or threat to my family. Unarmed, we are potential victims.
Steve September 28, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Here's your sheets and Pointy hats... Maybe you guys can plan a cross burning in the middle of the traffic circle....
Needaname September 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Thank Goodness for cell phone cameras ! ! !
PerryHallParent September 28, 2012 at 02:47 PM
So, it's OK for say, black leaders to vilify for example a white sports team falsely accused of raping a young black woman, only to find out she made the whole thing up, ruining the lives of some of those involved, yet if someone says it like it is that's not OK? They stood outside (and when I say I'm talking about those racist pigs Sharpton and Jackson and their supporters) crying out for justice and against oppression, but when someone speaks the truth, that's not OK? Whatever.
Joe September 28, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Fizzled? Still an ongoing action with at least 2 "resignations" and 2 dead Americans and hundreds of dead Mexicans. Nice to see you have so little empathy for the dead and their families Steve.
Joe September 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
So, you have effectively been reduced to this kind of comment? Empty racist accusations toward others is what you have been reduced to? You are showing just how little you have Steve.
Steve September 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Which "Black Leaders" vilified a white sports team falsely accused of raping a young black women? "I'm talking about those racist pigs Sharpton and Jackson and their supporters" .......and you are a parent? I shudder to think what you are teaching your kid.
John T. September 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
The Rev. Jackson is a parent too. Oh, that's right, the good Rev. has children with his wife and his mistress. What a fine representative for the black community.
Needaname September 28, 2012 at 03:56 PM
.... and Al Sharpton jumped into the pool big time with Tawana Brawley. I wonder if Al Sharpton knew it was false.
PerryHallParent September 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Thanks John T and Needaname...that is exactly what I am talking about. I am teaching my children that it doesn't matter what color a person is, what religion, gender or sexual orientation, they don't get to pull out a card and use it when it's convenient. If you don't know the reference to the Tawana case Steve, well you aren't current with news is all I can say. It was one of the biggest race cards every used. You darn right I'm a parent and proud of how I teach my children to NOT take race and use it as an excuse for everything. How do you even know what race I am? My spouses's race?
Towson4Now September 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Video evidence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3bgYid2POk
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT September 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Very sad situation. Obviously not Towson students. We unfortunately have a small but growing group of uncivilized people in Baltimore. It is still confusing how a portion of society can behave this way. I just don't understand how people can behave this way. Was this the dream of our true civil rights leaders? How would they feel about seeing this?
Steve September 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Sure PHP Sure. Now we know why Perry Hall is such a screwed up place. You have the last bastion of Rednecks living there while they wait for Grandma to kick the bucket so they can buy a place up in Pennsyltucky.
James Smith September 29, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Have you ever been in downtown Towson, during the summer, on Friday and Saturday when the mall closes??? Hundreds of people walking through the town and heading back to the city. Looks similar to the video, each weekend.
Parkvillehoney October 02, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I find it sad that black leaders and black religious leaders SELDOM have anything to say when violence is committed by young black adults. BUT, let a supposed injustice be committed against a black person and let the protesting begin. Sorry, but it works both ways. Call these people out when they commit acts of violence and are disrupting a community with their irresponsible behavior.

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