Clearly, the Boardwalk Beating has hit home for residents of Long Beach. At last check, the first post which was updated heavily by myself, Anthony, and through the updates and comments of readers of this blog and City Manager Theofan, already received more than 70 comments.
A male jogger was attacked by 5 “youths,” may have been beaten to the point of unconsciousness, and was robbed of his iPod and iPhone at 10:20 PM at the boardwalk around Lincoln Blvd. Two different posts that claim to be close to the victim report a gun was used. City Manager Theofan denies that there was a gun.
While some media sources have continued to ignore this story that directly impacts the residents of Long Beach, the Herald was able to get the first comment out of City Manager Theofan this afternoon.
The police have yet to issue any sort of formal statement on the matter, and required that we submit a Freedom of Information Law (more commonly referred to as a FOIA request) to receive any information at all on the topic.
City Manager Theofan commented to this blog that he had his detectives search their crime database, and confirmed that there was a second robbery on the boardwalk on September 17th, though he did not give any additional details.
City Manager Theofan declined to comment if there would be any additional police presence on or around the boardwalk.
What’s I Think
I’m shocked that right now we’re talking about two robberies in three days on a 2.1 mile stretch of boardwalk – one confirmed to be extremely violent – and we still do not have any assurance from the City government that they are doing anything proactive about this.
When I asked the question the first time, I assumed I would receive the appropriate lip service. Something like “of course we take this very seriously and are working close with the LBPD to guarantee security on the boardwalk and throughout the City.”
But, I did not receive that from City Manager Theofan or any of the other members of the City Council or the LBPD. In fact, I didn’t receive any acknowledgment that any steps were in the works or discussed, even after asking the question twice.
What You Can Do
While some in the comments may be suggesting it’s time for citizen vigilantism and packing heat, I recommend a bit more moderate approach.
Tell your friends and family what’s going on. Make sure they know if they see gangs hanging out on the boardwalk that they take them seriously.
Contact your city government. Call the Long Beach Police Department if you have any information on these “youths” on the boardwalk, or spot anything at all suspicious. Every phone call is logged and if the situation is as bad as some commentators suggest, this needs to be logged officially – through the Police Department. Also, contact other news outlets and ask them to investigate this as well.
LBPD (516) 431-1800, City Hall at (516) 431-1000
City Manager, Charles Theofan – email@example.com,
City Council President Thomas Sofield – firstname.lastname@example.org,
City Council Vice President Mona Goodman – email@example.com,
City Council Member John McLaughlin – firstname.lastname@example.org,
City Council Member Michael Fagen – email@example.com,
City Council Member Len Torres – firstname.lastname@example.org
I do want to finish by reminding everyone how this story came to be. SeabytheCity reader LBChica spotted a brief blurb about the beating on a Facebook page this morning and alerted me to it. Soon after I read it, the post was deleted. It was only through the contributions of readers and residents that any of this happened. If not for your watchful eyes and ears, a story that effects everyone’s safety would have gone completely unnoticed and unacknowledged.