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'Downtown Royal Oak' Trends on Twitter Causing Concerns for Police

A large group of teenagers congregated near 11 Mile Road and Main Street on Saturday evening after some online activity alluded to a fight.

The arrest of two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old over the weekend has led city commissioners to ask for strict enforcement of Royal Oak’s 10:30 p.m. curfew for anyone 16 or under.

“We had a group of kids show up at the  after 7 p.m. (on Saturday),” Chief Corrigan O’Donohue told commissioners at their meeting Monday night. “There was some Twitter activity about a fight that was supposed to take place there. Most of them were just hoping to see a fight that never happened.”

Commissioner Kyle DuBuc said he noticed “downtown Royal Oak” was a trending topic on the popular social media site Saturday night.

“Kids were exchanging a lot of banter saying ‘Who’s going? I’m going,’” DuBuc said. The commissioner said he couldn’t tell if it was just “kids ribbing each other” or if they were alluding to an actual fight.

At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a large group of teens leaving a movie at the Emagine Theatre entered the mix of youths already roaming around downtown, causing a variety of problems, according to O’Donohue.

“It was a little bit like herding cats, going from one problem to another,“ O’Donohue said. Most of the activity was normal for teenagers, but some of it was serious, including larceny, he said.

Ultimately, police officers on foot were brought in to keep the crowd in control and keep the youths from blocking traffic.

O’Donohue told commissioners that the police department does not want to overreact, as the incident could be a one-time event.

In the meantime, the public is reminded the 10:30 p.m. curfew will be enforced and parents will be cited and get a misdemeanor ticket if their teenager breaks the curfew.

Ronald Wolf April 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I am trying to recall when I was that young. In those days cell phone did not exist and twitter referred to the sounds of the birds in the trees. E-Magine can help by hiring a retired officer who can notify police of an impending problem who in turn will not arrive with lights flashing that would only cause more problems. Most kids do not cause problems therefore I think an eleven PM curfew for those not accompanied by an adult over twenty one would be less punitive. E-Magine of course is free to make their own policy, I am sure they want to maintain a reputation for safe family entertainment.
Patience April 17, 2012 at 06:39 PM
This is just like the L.A. Fitness problem. Why should a business have to hire security? The city has cut enough police that every little incident is seeming to be a major problem. How about instead of suggesting businesses hire security the city actually hire more police officers? With summertime being right around the corner I am sure teens running around late in the evening will be more of a problem.
Tina Cardamone April 17, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Why were the teens arrested?
Patience April 17, 2012 at 08:26 PM
At 9:30 p.m. a large group of teens leaving a movie at the Emagine Theatre entered the mix of youths already roaming around downtown, causing a variety of problems, according to O’Donohue. “It was a little bit like herding cats, going from one problem to another,“ O’Donhue said. Most of the activity was normal for teenagers but some of it was serious, including larceny, I hope this is a good answer to your question Tina C. :D
Judy Davids (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Larceny--stealing cell phones.
A. Biondo April 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
What kind of larceny? Suburban kids get bored. There's no need to hire more police and raise taxes. How about parents parent their kids?
Jan Smith April 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Private security at downtown restaurants and businesses would be helpful to the residents of the city. There are a lot of thefts in the neighborhoods while the police are tied up downtown.
Stephon hall April 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I am one of many teens that goes to royal oak. I think some kids were wrong for doing what they did,but thats no reason to inforce a law and mess it up for other good home trained kids that enter the area!!.
Ronald Wolf April 19, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Patience you sound like you work for LA, but lets say you are also a Royal Oak taxpayer. Should your tax dollars go to a business that has frequent need for the police and does not make an attempt to provide its own security? My problem is that our DDA pays Royal Oak for three officers to patrol downtown (LA is not downtown) which takes three officers off neighborhood patrol (your neighborhood) during peak evening crime hours when cars are stolen, homes burglerized and worse. If those police were from a pool of our laid off officers I would have no problem. As Royal Oak Police is close to a skeleton crew due to cutbacks and even though the city can use the extra money from the DDA this is not fair to those homeowners and businesses that are not downtown who are victims of crime.
Ronald Wolf April 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Stephon I totally sympathize. Being young is not a disease.
Ambrose919 April 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Couldn't agree more
Karen90218 April 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
it was quite possibly kids from out of town who just wander in to stir things up. like they did in birmingham last year.
sami April 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM
It should come out of La Fitness PREMIER club fees. I'm sure if you were a member paying those fees you would want to know your car will be safe and in one piece or your wallet will be in the locker where you left it. Crime happens every minute every day the Police need all the help they can get and extra eyes and ears helps. This has been an ongoing problem at this club. Step up La Fitness and protect your members and thier property HIRE private security !!!!!

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