A group of 15-20 teenage boys and girls attacked a gay couple, shouting anti-gay slurs outside The Prudential Center after Saturday's Britney Spears concert. Bobby Daniel Caldwell, and his partner Joshua Kehoe, 25, both from Kearny said they were on their way back to their car when they were set upon. The gang stole Kehoe's cell phone and kicked and punched them severely. Caldwell suffered a broken jaw. A group of four female college students were the next to be assaulted by the splinter group (more on that in a minute), one of them had their purse stolen.
Caldwell and Kehoe tried, desperately tried to get police to assist them, as did the group of college students but no police assistance was forthcoming for 45 minutes even though they tried flagging several police officers and police cars down. What was Genius Mayor Cory Booker's excuse for the lack of police response time for these victims?
Police were busy at that time breaking up a crowd of 400 to 500 teenagers fighting in front of the Sugar Rays nightclub.
Mr. Booker, you have a problem, a BIG problem. You have wild gangs numbering in the hundreds, some of whom take time out from attacking each other to violently assault and rob your out of town guests. You cannot in any way shape or form claim your city is safe, nor can you guarantee the safety of those buying tickets to see events in Newark. Your recovery plan for Newark isn't worth a hill of beans if sites like the Jersey City Desk tell people to stay out of your city because it's not safe.
Newark is NOT safe for visitors, it's simply not. This is not the first time recently people attending events in Newark have been attacked, no, this is simply the most spectacular attack. We'd expect a complete and full accounting over the lack of safety in your city for visitors before we endorse any more events there.