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Somali Youths Rampage in Maine

Ann Corcoran at Refugee Resettlement Watch had a post on a Lewiston, Maine Sun Journal story about a series of Somali Émigré attacks on local residents:  “Police investigate Somali attacks.”  It is unfortunately indicative of similar actions by Somalis in Minneapolis that included a group engaged in shoving attacks on locals with videos posted on You Tube –see this earlier RRW post in November.  This summer, there was a YouTube video about Somali youths harassing a gay man in Minneapolis following a gay pride parade.

As you will see in the Sun Journal report about the Lewiston, Maine attacks and robberies, the assessment by those engaged in absorption of these Somali émigrés brought into the US under the benighted US humanitarian refugee laws is to blame it on their adjustment difficulties.

Note these excerpts from the Sun Journal report:

LEWISTON — In the early evening on the first day of summer, a large group of Somali boys approached a woman on the corner of Ash and Pierce streets. According to police reports, they intimidated the woman and slapped her in the back of the head before scattering into the downtown.

Five days later, shortly after midnight, a man was accosted by a group of Somali boys outside the Big Apple on Main Street. Police reports say several members of the group punched the man and took money from him. They then fled in a car.

Later that night, a woman in her late 60s was beaten by a group of Somali boys and relieved of cash while walking in Kennedy Park.

Five nights later, another man was jumped by a group of similar description. He resisted the gang and was beaten badly. He required surgery.

Throughout the summer, similar reports have come into the Police Department. Witnesses and investigators say swarms of Somali boys, some as young as 8, others in their late teens, overwhelm solitary victims through sheer numbers.

“It’s not gang activity in the traditional sense,” Deputy Chief James Minkowsky said. “We’re not seeing the colors or the monikers, but it’s still a gang mentality.”

Often, these gang members carry sticks and rocks with which to intimidate their victims. There are often four or five of them, sometimes as many as a dozen. Typically, they threaten or beat their victims until they give up the goods: money, bicycles, cell phones, prescription drugs, or other items of value.

Then they scatter.

Attacking unsuspecting victims just for the “thrill!”

Police say group robberies are almost unheard of in Lewiston. In the past, when multiple people have attacked a lone victim, two or three assailants were reported and the assault was typically prompted by intoxication or old rivalries.

“We haven’t seen that it’s been fueled by alcohol or drugs,” Minkowsky said. He added that robbery appears to be a primary motivation among the Somali gangs. “But in some cases, they seem to do it for the thrill of it.”

Stephen Wessler, director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, said he was not aware of the Somali assaults in Lewiston. After hearing the nature of them, he said the attacks likely were not the type that involve his group. The motive appears to be robbery, rather than race.

While investigating the ambush-style attacks, police have little to compare them with, at least locally. A search of assaults dating back to spring revealed no incidents of a similar nature involving non-Somalis.

“This is unique,” Minkowsky said.

There have been a few arrests since the attacks began. Minkowsky said many of the suspects had dropped out of school. Their parents seemed to have no idea that their children had become part of a roving gang.

Seeing children as young as 8 running the streets with teens closing in on 20 is something police are not used to seeing. There is a lot about the attacks investigators have not seen before.


In our NER interview with AP - awarding winning journalist, Brian Mosely, about Somalis in Shelbyville, Tennessee, he noted:

Jerry Gordon:  You have noted alleged drug dealing in Khat, a US DEA Class I drug, and attendant gang problems cited by local law enforcement officials. Could you tell us about these and what the experiences of law enforcement officials have been?

Brian Mosely:  Law enforcement have had two reported incidents involving Khat: In February 2006, a 21-year-old Somali was arrested after Shelbyville police found 11.26 grams of the plant and in November of the same year, a Somali man was sentenced to 10 years in prison as a result of a guilty plea in Circuit Court for having 2.4 pounds of the drug.

The administrator for the Sheriff Department told me ‘they are a hard people to deal with,’ and noted that Somalis have not adapted to American culture or laws, pointing out that officers would pull them over and "you tell them what they did was wrong, but they'll say they were right." It is the total lack of respect for the rules and law enforcement that have rubbed officers the wrong way.

As for gangs, it is something that is being seriously looked at by local law enforcement. The sheriff’s department has told us that they are finding a lot of gang related activity with the Somalis, supposedly imported from Nashville, where about 5,000 have been settled by the State Department. Shelbyville police have also told us that many citizens are reporting suspicious activity in regards to the Somalis. Just today, I was told that law enforcement is keeping a close eye on the refugees.

Jerry Gordon:  Why in your view has the adjustment problems of Somalis in Shelbyville been ‘more difficult’ than for example those in Lewiston, Maine, Emporia, Kansas, and major Somali émigré centers in the US such as Minneapolis and Columbus?

Brian Mosely:  I believe this is entirely due to the total lack of interaction between the Somalis and the rest of the people living here. At least in Lewiston, Emporia and the larger cities, there are advocacy groups, community centers and other organizations, such as those established in Nashville, to help the refugees. But no such group exists here to do that at all.  . . . I understand that one of our churches is attempting to start some sort of dialog with the refugees, but given the enormous differences in faith and culture, I am not very optimistic this will succeed.

When we interviewed, Erick Stakelbeck, CBN terrorism and national security analyst, he noted what he had uncovered in his cable TV series regarding the Somali émigré problems:

Gordon:  You’ve reported on the assimilation problems of Somali Muslims in American communities.  Why has this immigrant community produced homegrown terrorists who become Jihadis in Somalia and further, what should our government do to screen radical Muslim immigrants from coming to America?

Stakelbeck:  I think the biggest problem with the Somali community in the U.S. is the lack of assimilation that you mentioned. I have covered and followed the Somali Muslim communities in several cities: Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Minnesota, even in rural Tennessee. And the current running through every one of these communities is a failure to assimilate. Somalia hasn't even had a functioning central government for the past 20 years. It’s a hotbed for Warlordism, Jihadism and banditry. It’s just a very nasty place, one of the most dangerous, most backward places in the world. So to take people from this kind of situation and bring them to a major metropolitan area in the United States is frequently a recipe for disaster.    

I have interviewed several Somali American Muslims, who have come here, gotten a taste of U.S. society and Western civilization, and have immediately withdrawn. The government helps them get on their feet for the first few months, but then they are essentially on their own. Many people in these Somali-American Muslim communities are becoming very isolated. They are not making an attempt to reach out and become a part of the American fabric.  When you have a situation like this, with a self-isolating, immigrant Muslim community whose   religious and cultural norms are alien to most Americans, the people in that community are more susceptible to radicalism.  When they feel isolated and alienated from society, from the culture-at-large, what do they lean on?  What they know. And what do they know? Often times, they lean on Islam.  Some Somalis feel like they don’t have any prospects, that they don’t belong here or fit in.  If they come under the sway of a radical Imam who can convince them, "Hey, the West, the U.S., is your enemy, and you should destroy this country from within," then, unfortunately, some can be susceptible to that message.  We see it in the Somali community here and we see it in other immigrant Muslim communities, not only in the U.S. but throughout the West. Minneapolis is a good case study. There is one particular mosque that a number of Somali Muslims attended who then went back to Somalia to wage Jihad and join an al-Qaeda-linked group. Investigators believe that they likely fell under the sway of radical teachings at that mosque.

Is it any wonder given this background that officials in Lewiston, Maine, Shelbyville, Tennessee, Minneapolis, Columbus, Ohio and Seattle are seeing gangs of Somali youths  attack locals who they view as kafirs and fair game under Islam?



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