Champaign, IL (Guns Save Life) – Four attacks in forty minutes.
A group of black males attacked five pedestrians in four separate attacks on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign early Saturday morning.
The unprovoked attacks on pedestrians on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, IL weren’t even mentioned on the local News-Gazette newspaper’s website, but they were mentioned at the Daily Illini, the student newspaper.
Five attacked in four incidents Saturday
(Daily Illini) – Four incidents of mob action, battery and strong armed robbery that occurred in the early morning hours Saturday caused the University Police Department to issue a public safety advisory.
The four incidents occurred between 3:30 a.m. and 4:10 a.m. The five victims were walking in the campus area and were battered by a group of six to eight men for seemingly no reason, according to the advisory.
In one incident the offenders exited two vehicles, battered the victims and then left in the vehicles. In the other incidents, it appears that the offenders were walking in a group before the attack.
As the Daily Illini article states, the attacks were also enough for the U of I police department to send out a public safety advisory to students and staff.
Here’s the details from the UIPD email:
OCCURRED: Saturday, October 11, 2014 between 3:30 a.m. and 4:10 a.m.
LOCATION: 600 S. Fifth St., Champaign <map>
200 E. Chalmers St., Champaign <map>
Chalmers and Locust Streets, Champaign <map>
and 100 E. Chalmers St., Champaign <map>
The Champaign Police Department is investigating a string of batteries that occurred at various locations (see above) in the campus area on Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Between 3:30 a.m. and 4:10 a.m. there were four similar incidents where individuals (5 victims) who were walking in the campus area were approached and battered for no apparent reason. Based on the circumstances, it is possible that all victims were battered by the same group of suspects. In one incident, the suspects exited two vehicles, battered the victim and left the area in the vehicles. In the other cases it appears the suspects were walking together in a group just prior to battering the victims. During some of these encounters, the suspects would ask the victim for an item or verbalize general threats just prior to the battery. One victim had a cell phone taken. None of the victims sustained major injuries, but some did seek medical treatment for cuts and bruises.
Translation: Polar bear hunting has returned to the University of Illinois campus.
Polar bear hunting was how local black youths described the random, unprovoked attacks on non-blacks in Champaign-Urbana in 2010. It’s the local version of the nationally-known “Knockout Game” attacks.
Here’s a photo from a surge of attacks in 2010 from the News-Gazette:
More from the University Public Safety Department advisory email:
In all the cases, the victims described the suspects as a group of black males. The number in the group ranged from 6 to 8. One victim stated the suspects appeared around 25 years old and were dressed in tee shirts and jeans. Another victim stated the suspects exited two vehicles prior to the battery and described the vehicles as a SUV and a passenger car.
Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged offenders is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics. Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual’s appearance.
We love the political correctness of the University of Illinois officials. Heaven forbid they simply note race and ethnicity of an attacker and leave it at that. Racial descriptions are indeed a meaningful detail of a description of any individual.
Let’s hope the University Police spend more time coming up with the offenders and less time offering silly disclaimers about their adding racial descriptors to violent attackers hunting U of I students.
Furthermore, unlike in 2010, Illinois now has concealed carry.
One of these days, a group of polar bear hunters will discover first-hand that polar bears can truly be dangerous game.
As for our Guns Save Life members and friends: Don’t leave your gun at home! These attacks simply illustrate that so-called “random” violence isn’t always random, but frequently it is senseless and brutal.